The ’1974′ dress (Alexia Makridou, 2014)

“Children of those directly affected by collective trauma inherit a horrific, unknown and unknowable past that their parents were not meant to survive. Second-generation fiction, art, memoir, and testimony are shaped by the attempt to represent the long-term effects of living in close proximity to the pain, depression, and dissociation of persons who have witnessed and survived massive historical trauma. They are shaped by the child’s confusion and responsibility, by a desire to repair, and by the consciousness that her own existence may well be a form of compensation for unspeakable loss. Loss of family, home, of a sense of belonging and safety in the world ‘bleed’ from one generation to the other”.

- Marianne Hirsch, Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust, p.34.