Tredje generationens överlevande: En socialantropologisk studie om minne, antisemitism och identitet i spåret av Förintelsen

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


The Holocaust is an event that lives on in societies’ consciousness in the form of memorial monuments and museums, and is processed by research institutions and authorities. My own journey began when meeting upper secondary students who denied the Holocaust, and I soon came in contact with a group who identify themselves as Third Generation Survivors; grandchildren of those who survived the Holocaust. The purpose of this study is to investigate the third generation´s identity and how it is shaped by the memory of the Holocaust, by contemporary antisemitism and by the influence of Jewish institutions.
The ethnographic survey, focusing on interviews and observations, revealed that there is a pronounced will to remember the Holocaust. For some, it is important to remember in a private context while others consider that the more public commemoration ceremonies meet the need. At the same time, the grandchildren live in a time of both manifest and latent antisemitism, which influences the formation of their identity and their autobiography. However, their identity is not only shaped by past and present antisemitism but also by the Jewish institutions, the Jewish calendar as well as cultural and social
guidelines. In the conclusions of the study, it can be seen that the Third Generation´s remembrance of the Holocaust is largely based on a generational transfer of memory that has taken place during the participants’ lives through interaction with the survival generation. The results also show that they have
strategies to deal with contemporary alongside historical antisemitism experienced by the survivors. This together constitutes one of the fundaments of both their individual and their collective identity. The results also show that the third generation chooses to live a Jewish life, within the framework of the Jewish congregation in Stockholm, based on individual choices and decisions.


  • Anna Sarri Krantz
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Anthropology


  • Holocaust, Memory, Identity, Antisemitism, Third Generation, Survivor, Generations, Jewish
Original languageSwedish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2018 Oct 25
Place of PublicationLund
  • Lunds universitet
Print ISBNs978-91-7753-852-3
Electronic ISBNs978-91-7753-853-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 4
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2018-10-25 Time: 10:00 Place: The auditorium (room 128), Stora Algatan 4, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Liljefors-Persson, Bodil Title: Professor Affiliation: Malmö University ---

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