Between fear and hope: the lived experiences of grandchildren of Holocaust survivors: a qualitative systematic literature review

Daliya Greenfeld, Andrea Reupert, Nicholas Harris, Nicky Jacobs

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The aim of this review is to synthesize qualitative research on the lived experiences of grandchildren of Holocaust survivors (GHSs). A systematic search yielded 18 studies covering a period of two decades. Four main themes emerged; (i) the responsibility to teach and transfer the Holocaust legacy to future generations, (ii) experiences of family life, (iii) struggles integrating the Holocaust-related past into current life and (iv) fears and anxieties. Findings highlight the role of trauma related communication within families of survivors in the transmission of the trauma narratives. Implications for trauma informed practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-136
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • family
  • grandchildren
  • holocaust
  • survivors
  • Trauma

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