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Grey, A.L. (2002). Through a Glass Darkly: A Review of The Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychohistorical Themes in the Second Generation by Robert H. Prince. New York: Other Press, 1999. XIV +223 pp.. Contemp. Psychoanal., 38(1):164-172.

(2002). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 38(1):164-172

Through a Glass Darkly: A Review of The Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychohistorical Themes in the Second Generation by Robert H. Prince. New York: Other Press, 1999. XIV +223 pp. Related Papers

Review by:
Alan L. Grey, Ph.D.

Genocide is becoming commonplace in our time, and contemporary historians keep us aware that genocide is a persistent feature of human history. No longer does it automatically command the front page of our daily newspaper. This is especially true if the destroyed population is far from our own land. But our psychoanalytic community still vibrates with the echoes of one particular Holocaust of more than a half century ago. The anti-Semitic crusade of the Nazis still assaults our minds, not only for the deliberateness with which it destroyed both the psyche and soma of its victims, not only for the huge number of the destroyed, but beyond that, for its direct impact on the families of our collcagues, our friends, ourselves.

It is this sense of personal involvement to which Dr. Prince's book appeals. Specifically, the author's goal is to explore the psychological status of the now grown-up children of survivors.

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