BY EVA FOGELMAN, VP, AMERICAN GATHERING OF JEWISH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS
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Dr. Eva Fogelman is a psychologist in New York City. She is the pioneer who started groups for children of Holocaust survivors along with Bella Savran, in 1976. She is the writer and co-producer of the award-winning documentary Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust (PBS, 1984). Dr. Fogelman is co-director of Psychotherapy with Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas and Child Development Research, Training Institute for Mental Health.
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“Why are Holocaust survivors obsessed with future generations remembering? Why do they command us all to Zachor, to remember? What is it they want us to remember?” That is the challenge every post-Holocaust generation will continue to face, just as all Jews at the Passover Seder are asked to think of themselves as slaves freed from Ancient Egypt. The significance of re-thinking the past and what it means in the present is best explained by Leon Wieseltier, social critic, literary editor of the New Republic and a 2G—second generation descendant of a survivor—who writes, “A tradition that is transmitted more or less as it is received will not live long.”

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