Post-Holocaust Identity and Unresolved Tension in Modern-day Israel: Savyon Liebrecht's Apples from the Desert

Dvir Abramovich


This article analyses several Holocaust stories from the first English translation of Israeli writer Savyon Liebrecht's work. A child of survivors, Liebrecht's collection examines the lingering echoes of the Holocaust in Israel, its effect on the children of survivors and the sometimes bizarre behaviour of those parents. Setting her tales within families, Liebrecht's tales also describe the conflict that results from the insensitivity of the second and third generation, which seek to silence those who need to tell of their mind numbing experiences in the camps and the tragic consequences of this lack of understanding. And on one occasion, Liebrecht enters the concentrationary universe to depict the sexual exploitation and killing of Jewish girls by German soldiers.

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