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Kriegs- und Nachkriegskindheiten

Studien zur literarischen Erinnerungskultur für junge Leser

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Edited By Gabriele von Glasenapp and Hans-Heino Ewers-Uhlmann

Die Beiträge dieses Bandes beschäftigen sich mit der Allgemein- wie der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur als einem zentralen Erinnerungsmedium an Kindheit und Jugend während des Zweiten Weltkriegs und der Nachkriegszeit. Fokussiert werden die teilweise traumatisierenden Erlebnisse: Zum einen aus unterschiedlichen nationalen Perspektiven, wobei der nationale Referenzrahmen neben deutschsprachigen auch europäische wie außereuropäische Perspektiven umfasst. Zum anderen werden die literarischen Kindheitsdarstellungen einzelner Länder unter dem Aspekt von Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmung gesehen. Die einzelnen Aufsätze gehen zur Erinnerungskultur im Allgemeinen, behandeln einzelne Autoren und befassen sich mit der Tradierung von Texten, Aspekten nationaler Literaturpolitik sowie Fragen der literarischen Vermittlung.

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A Tale of Amendment: A Third Generation in New Holocaust Stories for Young Children written in Israel 397

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Yael Darr (Tel Aviv) A Tale of Amendment: A Third Generation in New Holocaust Stories for Young Children written in Israel I would like to tell you a story of what was, and what I remember happened. I wish to tell you a story. And I shall cry, and so shall you, Weep without worry. Weep and hide nothing. That is a happy end. So be it. (Frankel 2005, 142) This paper is an initial attempt to map out a new Holocaust narrative emerging over the past decade in Hebrew children’s literature published in Israel. This narrative, which has gained momentum through a growing group of books for young ages (preschool children through lower grades), features particular cha- racteristics in the literary discourse about the Holocaust. The most prominent feature is the presence of the three generations participating in it – the surviving grandparents, their grown children, and their young grandchildren – and the dy- namics of amendment created among them. I suggest that since the mid 1990s, a decade after having written only for adults, authors termed in the Israeli discourse as ‘second-generation narrators’ turned to writing literature for young children as well as for adults. The grand- children appear in these texts as listeners and motivators, and are presented as the children of the second generation. The third generation, that is the grand- children of the survivors and other members of their generation, are also the po- tential readers of this literature.1 1 It is common in the Israeli literary...

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