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Ecologies of witnessing : language, place, and Holocaust testimony

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Call Number907.2 P77e
Dates[2018]; ©2018
Statement of ResponsibilityHannah Pollin-Galay.
Creators & ContributorsPollin-Galay, Hannah (author)
SummaryEcologies of Witnessing "rethinks conventional wisdom about Holocaust testimony, focusing on the power of language and place to shape personal narrative. Oral histories of Lithuanian Jews serve as the textual base for this exploration. Comparing the remembrances of Holocaust victims who remained in Lithuania with those of victims who resettled in Israel and North America after World War II, Pollin-Gay reveals meaningful differences based on where survivors chose to live out their postwar lives and whether their language of testimony was Yiddish, English, or Hebrew. The differences between their testimonies relate to notions of love, justice, community—and how the Holocaust did violence to these aspects of the self... this book challenges the assumption of a universal vocabulary for describing and healing human pain." —Book jacket
  1. Bad Testimony: Making and Breaking the Rules of Witnessing
  2. Solidarity: Kin, Party, Neighborhood
  3. The Victim-Perpetrator Encounter
  4. Accent as Archive: Yiddish and Language Biographies
  5. Places and Non-Places
Appendix 1. Witness and Testimony List
Appendix 2. General Timeline of the Holocaust in Lithuania
Appendix 3. Timelines of Vilna, Kovno, and Shavl Ghettos
Physical Description xii, 335 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew Haven : Yale University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 283–320) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2018 by Barbara & Herb Silber: "In memory of Esther z'l & Leon Kaufman z'l, Schindler Holocaust Survivors; in honour of their daughter Lyliane Thal on her 70th birthday, whose infinite love for her beautiful parents continues to live in her heart."