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Holocaust Mothers and Daughters
Family, History, and Trauma
Federica K. Clementi; Shulamit Reinharz, fwd.

Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry
HBI Series on Jewish Women
2013 • 392 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Holocaust Studies / Literary Criticism - Women / Women's Studies

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-476-6
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-475-9

$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-477-3

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An astonishing analysis of Jewish mother-daughter relations before, during, and after the Shoah as described in daughters’ memoirs

In this brave and original work, Federica Clementi focuses on the mother-daughter bond as depicted in six works by women who experienced the Holocaust, sometimes with their mothers, sometimes not. The daughters’ memoirs, which record the “all-too-human” qualities of those who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis, show that the Holocaust cannot be used to neatly segregate lives into the categories of before and after. Clementi’s discussions of differences in social status, along with the persistence of antisemitism and patriarchal structures, support this point strongly, demonstrating the tenacity of trauma—individual, familial, and collective—among Jews in twentieth-century Europe.

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FEDERICA K. CLEMENTI is associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina.

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