First Advisor

Barbara Tint

Date of Publication

Summer 8-11-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Conflict Resolution


Conflict Resolution




Children of Holocaust survivors -- Social conditions, Collective memory, Conflict management, Children of Holocaust survivors -- Attitudes, Jewish Holocaust (1939-1945) -- Public opinion



Physical Description

1 online resource (vi, 116 pages)


Ten Jewish second-generation men and women from metro Portland, Oregon were interviewed regarding growing up in the aftermath of the Holocaust. The American-born participants ranged in age from fifty-one to sixty-four years of age at the time of the interviews. Though the parents were deceased at the time of this study the working definition of a Holocaust survivor parent included those individuals who had been refugees or interned in a ghetto, labor camp, concentration camp, or extermination camp as a direct result of the Nazi Regime in Europe from 1933 to 1945.

A descriptive phenomenological approach was utilized. Eight open-ended questions yielded ten unique perspectives. Most second-generation do not habitually inform others of their second-generation status. This is significant to conflict resolution as the effects of the Holocaust are trans-generational. The second-generation embody resilience and their combined emphasis was for all people to become as educated as possible.


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