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  • Writer's pictureRony Alfandary

Psychological and Cultural Aspects of Trauma and the Holocaust

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

Psychoanalytic and Cultural Aspects of Trauma and the Holocaust presents interdisciplinary postmemorial endeavors of second-, third- and fourth-generation Holocaust survivors living in Israel and in the Jewish diaspora.

Drawing on a wide range of fields, including psychoanalysis, Holocaust studies, journal and memoir writing, hermeneutics, and the arts, this book considers how individuals dealing with the memory, or postmemory, of the Holocaust possess a personal connection to this trauma. Exploring their role as testimony bearers, each contributor performs their postmemorial work in a unique and creative way, blending the subjective and the objective. The book considers themes including postcolonialism, home, displacement, and identity.

Psychoanalytic and Cultural Aspects of Trauma and the Holocaust will be key reading for academics and students of psychoanalytic studies, Holocaust studies, and trauma and cultural studies. It will also be of interest to psychoanalysts working with transgenerational trauma.

Rony Alfandary, Ph.D., is a clinical social worker, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and photographer. He is a lecturer at the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa and the former director of the Post-Graduate Program of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His recent publications include Exile and Return: A Psychoanalytic Study of Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet and Postmemory, Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Ghosts: The Salonica Cohen Family and Trauma across Generations, both published by Routledge.

Professor Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz is the director of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, the Abraham and Edita Spiegel family professor in Holocaust Research, the Rabbi Pynchas Brener professor in Research on the Holocaust of European Jewry, and professor of Modern Jewish History in the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

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