By Alan L. Berger
Concentrating on the novels and flicks of daughters and sons of Holocaust survivors, this e-book sheds mild at the courting among the Holocaust and modern Jewish id. it's the first systematic research of a physique of labor that introduces a brand new new release of Jewish writers and filmmakers, in addition to revealing how the survivor's legacy is shaping - and being formed by way of - the second one new release. conscientiously learning the paintings of those modern childrens of activity, Berger demonstrates how the offspring, just like the survivors themselves, signify various orientation to Judaism, have major theological alterations, and percentage the legacy of the Shoah. Berger basically indicates that contributors of the second one iteration take part totally in either the yank and Jewish dimensions in their identification and articulates special second-generation theological and psychosocial subject matters.
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Concerning the protagonist's difficulties with the Orthodox world, the reader discovers that it can accommodate neither his Shoah-induced sense of guilt nor his personal feelings. The novel is in fact a thinly veiled memoir, an insider's description of the precise boundaries and prescriptions of an orthodox world that the Nazis attempted to annihilate. The rituals of orthodox Jewish life play a prominent role in Damaged Goods. Holy days such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Shabbat, Shavuot, Pesach, and the Counting of the Orner become, as it were, characters in the novel.
Fackenheim also notes Christian acts of tikkun in the form of resistance. Peglia Lewinska, a Polish prisoner at Auschwitz, reacted to the "excremental assault" of the Nazis. She writes: "I felt under orders to live .... And if I did die in Auschwitz, it would be as a human being, I would hold on to my dignity. I was not going to become the contemptible, disgusting brute my enemy wished me to be ..... " 90 Further, Fackenheim discusses the Munich philosopher Kurt Huber and the Berlin churchman Bernhard Lichtenberg.
Lichtenberg was imprisoned, whereupon he declared his determination to stand with the Jews of Berlin upon his release. He died on the way to Dachau. ~J Fackenheim distinguishes at least one other type of tikkun, that of "ordinary decency," which connotes the acts of the Hasidei Umot HaOlam, the Righteous Among the Nations or, quite simply, those very few helpers of the Jewish people. Fackenheim's call for a tikkun of the world and the self after Auschwitz has the merit of enabling one to speak about religion without implicitly indicting those who hear no "Commanding Voice" yet wish to continue walking on the Jewish path.