In November, as part of Holocaust Education Week, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre presented a symposium for children of Holocaust survivors entitled Dialogue for Descendants.
The CJN featured a wonderful cover story on the issues surrounding children of Holocaust survivors. Unfortunately, The CJN used the headline, “Understanding second generation survivors,” (Dec. 15). It was this headline that Evelyn Tauben referred to in her column, “Stop calling yourself survivors,” (Jan. 12).
To clarify, children of Holocaust survivors do not call themselves “second generation survivors.” To do so would not only be incorrect, it would be offensive and insulting to our Holocaust survivor parents.
We understand that Tauben may not prefer the use of the terms 2G and 3G (second and third generation) to refer to the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. However, the children of Holocaust survivors adopted this usage many years ago as a way to identify with each other and gain strength from shared experiences. It is not a mark of victimhood, as Tauben reports, it is a mark of triumph over tragedy.
Marilyn Sinclair, Dori Ekstein, co-chairs, Dialogue for Descendants Committee Thornhill, Ont.