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Liat Steir-Livny, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer. Holocaust Studies, Film Studies & Cultural Studies  

ARTICLEs

Post-Holocaust Heritage of Trauma: The Identity Crisis of Jewish Immigrants From Germany to Eretz-Israel in the 1930s, and the Transgenerational Transfer of the Trauma in the Israeli Documentary Film The Flat

Liat Steir-Livny 2018

Post-Holocaust Studies in a Modern Context

In the 1930s, after the Nazis came to power in Germany, tens of thousands of Jews immigrated to Eretz-Israel. Many of them kept on missing their former homeland and culture, while simultaneously despising Germany. This chapter analyzes the complex identity of these Jews, who had to leave Germany, but could not really detach themselves from the homeland that betrayed them, as reflected in the film The Flat (2011). In the film, Director Arnon Goldfinger reveals a family secret: his grandparents, Kurt and Gerda Tuchler, maintained close contacts with a Nazi couple, the Von Mildensteins, before and after the Holocaust. In a world of post-Holocaust, the analysis of the film tells the story of a transgenerational transfer of the trauma, and its different effect on three generations.

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Keywords:

Holocaust, Holocaust survivors, Israeli culture, Holocaust commemoration, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust representations, collective memory, third generation Holocaust survivors, documentary, Israeli documentary, Nazis, second generation to perpetrators, Germany, WWII.

Reference:

Steir-Livny, Liat. "Post-Holocaust Heritage of Trauma: The Identity Crisis of Jewish Immigrants from Germany to Eretz-Israel in the 1930s, and the Transgenerational Transfer of the Trauma in the Israeli Documentary Film The Flat". Davidovitch Nitza, Cohen Ronen A. and Lewin Eyal (eds), Post-Holocaust Studies in a Modern Context. Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2018, pp. 70-84.

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