Author(s): Melvin Jules Bukiet
History is preserved in the memories of the survivors of the Holocaust and the imaginations of their children, the so-called "second generation". This collection of writings considers the heritage of the descendants of those who faced the horrific lie that adorned the gates of many concentrations camps - "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Makes You Free"). In the words of this anthology's introduction: "Other kids' parents didn't have numbers on their arms. Other kids' parents didn't talk about massacres as easily as baseball. How do you deal with this responsibility?" Gathered here are writings of both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from farce to fantasy to brutal realism, from an international selection of writers including Art Spiegelman, Eva Hoffman, Peter Singer and Carl Friedman.
"A trenchant array...convincingly demonsrate[s] that the Second-Generation experience and the artistic vision growign from it is not merely a diluted version of the survivor's experience, but a distinct phenomenon and ethos of its own."
MELVIN JULES BUKIET is the author of several works of fiction. His non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.