Studien zur literarischen Erinnerungskultur für junge Leser
Edited By Gabriele von Glasenapp and Hans-Heino Ewers-Uhlmann
A Tale of Amendment: A Third Generation in New Holocaust Stories for Young Children written in Israel 397
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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