The Generations After, Inc.

Shoah Survivors & Descendants of Greater Washington, DC

Book Group

The 2nd Generation Book Group

The Generations After, Inc. sponsors a book group which meets every other month in member’s homes or on Zoom, during the pandemic.  Participants read and discuss a variety of Holocaust-related literature—history, political analysis, memoirs, fiction—with a special emphasis on second generation authors’ reflections on the impact of the Shoah on their families and on their lives.

For more information, contact Charlotte, the book group coordinator, at

Books Recently Read

and Discussed by Members of The Generations After’s Book Group, which formed in March, 2011:

  • Aciman, Andre  Out of Egypt: A Memoir
  • Ackerman, Diane   The Zookeeper’s Wife
  • Applefeld, Arahon   A Story of a Life
  • Blum, Jenna    Those Who Save Us
  • Dershowitz, Alan   Just Revenge
  • Doerr, Anthony   All The Light We Cannot See
  • Duffy,Peter   The Bielski Brothers:The True Story of the Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest,and Saved 1200 Jews
  • Dumbach,Arlene, and Newborn, Jud    Sophie Scholl and the White Rose
  • Edsel, Robert and Bret Witter  The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
  • Ehrlich, Elizabeth   Miriam’s Kitchen
  • Elon, Amos   The Pity of it All:A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933
  • Epstein, Franci Rabinek    Franci’sWar
  • Epstein, Helen   Children of the Holocaust
  • Frankl, Viktor E.    Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Franklin, Ruth   A Thousand Darknesses:  Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction
  • Fremont, Helen   After Long Silence
  • Fromberg Schaeffer, Susan   Anya
  • Goldsmith, Martin   Alex’s Wake   Program with the Author
  • Grimbart, Philippe   A Secret   Film based on the book of the same name
  • Gross, Jan   Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community of Jebwadne, Poland 
  • Grossman, David   See Under: Love
  • Hahn Beer, Edith with Susan Dworkin   The Nazi Officer’s Wife:  How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • Hoffman, Eva   Lost in Translation:  A Life in a New Language
  • Hunter, Georgia   We Were the Lucky Ones 
  • Kelly, Martha Hall   Lilac Girls: A Novel
  • Kent, Roman  Courage was My Only Option: The Will to Survive – the Strength to Remember
  • Larson, Erik   In the Garden of Beasts
  • Lipstadt, Deborah   Denying the Holocaust
  • Lower, Wendy   Hitler’s Furies:  German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
  • Lowry, Lois   Number the Stars   Young Adult fiction, read in conjunction with Yolen, Jane   The Devil’s Arithmetic
  • Mendelsohn, Daniel   Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
  • Morris, Heather   The Tattooist of Auschwitz- an Historical Novel
  • Nemirovsky, Irene   Suite Francaise
  • Neumann, Ariana  WhenTime Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains
  • Offenberger, Ilana Fritz   The Jews of Nazi Vienna: 1938-1945, Rescue and Destruction
  • Roitman, Gina   Tell Me a Story, Tell me the Truth
  • Rojstaczer, Stuart   The Mathematician’s Daughter
  • Rose, Daniel Asa   Hiding Places
  • de Rosnay, Tatiana   Sarah’s Key    Read book and saw film several months later
  • Roy, Jennifer    Yellow Star (Zoom meeting included the author and her son and granddaughter)
  • Safran Foer, Jonathan   Everything is Illuminated
  • Schneiderman, Pentlin, Susan Lee   The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Stone, Judith    Resilience: One Family’s Story of Hope and Triumph over Evil
  • Szegedy-Maszak, Marianne    I Kiss Your Hands Many Times
  • Szpilman, Wladyslaw   The Pianist 
  • Weisel, Elie   Night
  • Wyman, David  The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945
  • Wyszogrod, Morris  A Brush With Death:  An Artist in the Death Camps
  • Yole, Jane    The Devil’s Arithmetic

Additional Recent Programs-with-the-Author

Author Programs sponsored by The Generations After, Inc.:

May 24, 2020:  Helen Epstein:  Children of Holocaust Survivors: Where are We Now?  The Long Half-Life of Love and Trauma and Franci’s War

February 10, 2020:Helen Fremont: Escape Artists  at Busboys and Poets

June 27,2021

Martin Goldsmith: Discussion of film, Winter Journey based on his book, The Inextinguishable Symphony

  • Black, Edwin   IBM and the Holocaust
  • Buergenthal, Thomas   A Lucky Child
  • Goldsmith, Martin   The Inextinguishable Symphony:  A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany 
  • Lichtman, Allan   FDR and the Jews
  • Roitman, Gina   Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth;  Facilitator of Gen After Writing Groups
  • Neumann, Arianna   When Time Stopped

The 2nd Generation Book Group is a program of the Generations After, Inc.  To participate, membership in Generations After is required.  You can join on this website on the Membership page. Discussions are from the perspective of members who are children of Jewish Holocaust survivors.

Additional book list.