Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust: Displaced by Phyllis Lassner (auth.)

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From the perspective of foster families, one cannot forget that they had no training or even warning about the care and consideration of children who were anywhere from two to fourteen years old when they were torn from their parents’ arms and who as a result could suffer from such symptoms as bedwetting, nightmares, emotional withdrawal, and aggression. In Karen Gershon’s novel The Fifth Generation, these symptoms also symbolize the alienation of children who no longer feel that they possess a stable Jewish or even any other identity.

Because the end is known, a question facing memoirists of both the Holocaust and the Kindertransport is how to design a plot line and characters when the very idea of gradual development based on a variety of settings and personal interactions is foreclosed by contextual issues: historical circumstances, our knowledge of the historical trajectory of the Holocaust, and what has become of the writer. Lore Segal addresses this narrative problem: I experience the calamities of my life as a palpable relief from the perennial expectation of calamity .

From the perspective of foster families, one cannot forget that they had no training or even warning about the care and consideration of children who were anywhere from two to fourteen years old when they were torn from their parents’ arms and who as a result could suffer from such symptoms as bedwetting, nightmares, emotional withdrawal, and aggression. In Karen Gershon’s novel The Fifth Generation, these symptoms also symbolize the alienation of children who no longer feel that they possess a stable Jewish or even any other identity.

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