Transgenerational Effects of the Holocaust

The Israeli Research Perspective
  • Zahava Solomon
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


“Second generation” has now become an accepted term in Israel to refer to adult children of Holocaust survivors. The term has been current in Israeli professional literature since at least the early 1980s and has made its way into music, film, literature, and other arts, as well as into common parlance. In Israel, as elsewhere, children of survivors themselves have banded together to form commemorative organizations and self-help groups, thereby defining themselves as a group of people with a good deal in common. Their assumption, and the assumption of all who use the term second generation, is that it is more than merely a biological marker and that somehow or other the trauma of the Holocaust has been transmitted from the survivors to their children. The current chapter investigates the content of this term in Israel.


Holocaust Survivor Israel Defense Force Massive Psychic Trauma Israeli Adolescent Combat Stress Reaction 
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  • Zahava Solomon
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  1. 1.The Bob Shapell School of Social WorkTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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