Telling Our Story

PlacE: Kulturforum Görlitzer Synagoge

TIME: November 4, 2021 19:00-21:00

** Free and open to the public. **

Moderators: Anne Kleinbauer, Historian at Hillersche Villa – Soziokultur im Dreiländereck

Daniel Breutmann, Director at Kulturbüro Görlitz

On November 4, 2021, descendants of the Pre-WWII Jewish Community of Görlitz will gather from around the world in the synagogue that their ancestors built for an evening of conversation with the Görlitz community. Fourteen families from the former community will be represented at this historical event- more descendants congregated in this sacred space than ever since their community was destroyed by the Nazis.

Please join us, as each family representative tells us about their family’s unique Görlitz story, what happened to them, and where the family is today. The presentations will be followed by questions from moderators and from you- the Görlitz community of today.

Entrance is free and there will be German-English translations at this event. A list of honored, special guests to this evening will be forthcoming in the next weeks.

About the “Second Generation”

“Second Generation” is a phrase commonly used to describe the children born after World War II to parents who survived Nazi persecution during the holocaust.During the 1960s and 1970s, children of Holocaust Survivors began exploring what it meant to be “children of Holocaust survivors.” Psychological studies were done on this “second generation of survivors,” to determine how their parents’ nightmarish experiences affected their lives. At the same time, awareness groups developed, in which children of survivors could explore
their feelings in a group that shared those feelings. In November 1979 the “second generation” met nationally at the First Conference on Children of Holocaust Survivors, which generated the creation of support groups all over the United States.

Many members of the “second generation” have gone beyond the suffering they experienced as children of Holocaust survivors, to proactively commemorate the lives and way of life lost during the Holocaust. They do historical research on Jewish life in pre-war Europe and on the Holocaust itself; educate people about the Holocaust and combat Holocaust denial, racism, and Antisemitism; revitalize Jewish culture; become politically active, whether with regard to finding and prosecuting Nazis, or by taking up some Jewish or humanitarian cause; and creatively explore the effect of the Holocaust on themselves and their families through art, literature, and theater.

“Even if I wrote on nothing else, it would never be enough, even if all the survivors did nothing but write about their experiences, it would still not be enough.”

Elie Wiesel