Siblings respond differently to parents’ Holocaust trauma, causing estrangement.
- Children of Holocaust survivors either remain enmeshed with their families or alienated from them.
- Parents either exposed children to personal horror stories or said nothing about their experiences.
- Children of survivors became “parents” to their own parents, soothing their anxieties and allaying their fears.
- Genocidal trauma not only kills family members; it also ruptures the family for generations to come.