Jewish Boys on the Run: The Revision of Boyhood in Holocaust Fiction and Film

Phyllis Lassner*

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Focusing on Rachel Seiffert’s 2017 novel A Boy in Winter and Pepe Danquart’s 2013 film Run Boy Run, this essay argues that representations of Jewish boyhood in Holocaust fiction and film posit critical challenges to the timeless coming-of-age boy’s story and restoration of a mythical “golden age.” Among features that invite comparative study, the protagonists in both Seiffert’s novel and Danquart’s film struggle to survive on the run with hidden identities after their parents are rounded up by the Nazis. In Danquart’s film, eight-year-old Srulik runs from the Nazis only because his father commands him to. In Seiffert’s novel, thirteen-year-old Yankel escapes with his younger brother on his own initiative, without informing their parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030334284
ISBN (Print)9783030334277
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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