For many Holocaust survivors, one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome is the simultaneous need to tell one's story and the awareness that language cannot convey the horrors of the experience. This awareness that words fall to communicate across generations, cultures, religions, etc. is the legacy of children of Jewish Holocaust survivors who both can't understand and are formed by their parents' stories/experiences. By engaging Deb Filler's film rendition of her one-woman stage show, Punch Me in the Stomach, and Abraham Ravett's documentary Everything's for You, I explore the ways in which film allows the second generation to confront, articulate, and ultimately resolve some of those absences and fragments that are their Holocaust narrative.
"Performing Selves/Performing as Self: Autobiographical Films of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 3
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol3/iss2/3