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Testimony and time : Holocaust survivors remember

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Testimony and time : Holocaust survivors remember
Call No: 907.2 C67t

Call Number907.2 C67t
Dates[2014]; ©2014
Statement of ResponsibilitySharon Kangisser Cohen.
Creators & ContributorsCohen, Sharon Kangisser (author)
Summary"Research on oral accounts has repeatedly argued that central to understanding the construction of an individual’s story is the context in which the telling takes place. The story as told by the individual is his or her memory and interpretation of the event, which is in constant negotiation and dialogue. The meaning they attribute to their past is arguably influenced by various factors in which their self is being negotiated and constructed. In order to track if and how survivors’ narratives have changed and evolved over time, Testimony and Time compares their individual accounts given at different phases in their lives. This book examines the longitudinal development of individual survivor testimony, in order to identify if the changing context influences and shapes survivors’ accounts of their past. The work is based on the early and later accounts of 15 survivors of the Holocaust. These survivors were born in different European countries, and their experiences during the war were varied. Early accounts were taken in the immediate post-war years and the latter interviews were conducted over 50 years later. Analysis of these interview-texts has demonstrated the remarkable resilience of Holocaust survivors’ memory of the past over time. Whilst there is a strong continuity in memory of the core stories, this in-depth narrative study also reveals an important shift in the way survivors construct, communicate and interpret their experiences over time." —Yad Vashem
ContentsPreface
Introduction: The Context of Remembering
  1. David Boder—Written on the Body
  2. From Victim to Survivor—Reconnection
  3. Yehuda Bacon
  4. Child Survivors—Self-Fashioning
  5. Reflections
Bibliography
Index
Physical Description 241 pages ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherJerusalem : Yad Vashem, International Institute for Holocaust Research, The Diana Zborowski Center for the Study of the Aftermath of the Holocaust
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 233–237) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Shannon LaBelle & Kevin Forbes