To most people, “3G” and “4G” refers to cell phone data – but to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, these terms are shorthand for something far more meaningful. What does it mean to be a third- or fourth-generation survivor? Is trauma transmitted through epigenetics, or inherited along with family stories and heirlooms? Join Tablet Magazine Deputy Editor Stephanie Butnick, co-host of the leading Jewish podcast Unorthodox, for a new MJH Live series exploring these questions and more with a changing roster of guests.
In this episode, Butnick will be joined by Joshua Foer, co-founder of the online magazine Atlas Obscura and Sefaria.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to building digital experiences and infrastructure for Jewish texts. Joshua’s mother, Esther Safran Foer, recently published a book inspired by the family’s Holocaust history: I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir. What is it like coming from a family of luminaries who grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust? Butnick will explore this question in the context of Foer’s inspiring life story.