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Second Generation Survivors, L’Dor v’Dor

I’m writing to respond to the letter, “There Are No Second Generation Holocaust Survivors,” (The Jewish Link, July 6). We who are Holocaust survivors’ children — who call ourselves second generation or 2G — are aware that except in history books, few epic tragedies seem to endure beyond the lives of the victims and perpetrators. It was Elie Wiesel who stated that he thought the survivors’ children were in a privileged position. “I believe a person who listens to a witness becomes a witness,’’ he said in an interview.

Survivors’ children, like myself, have dedicated much of our lives to keeping their parents’ stories alive — by writing books, making films, even forming therapy groups. Calling ourselves second generation Holocaust survivors prolongs the potential to remember the Shoah. Yes, we are not the survivors, but hopefully we who are alive because they survived the Shoah will use the term to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, from one generation to another.

Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

Edison

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