Local History, Transnational Memory In The Romanian Holocaust

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

EditorJeanine Teodorescu, Valentina Glajar

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This book explores the memory of the Romanian Holocaust through transnational representations strongly rooted in a Romanian past of anti-Semitism, genocide, and violence. The essays in this volume discuss survivor testimonial accounts, letters, journals, and drawings, as well as literature and films in an effort to break the silence imposed by the Communist regime and debunk the denials of the Holocaust in Romania. What the survivors, writers (Paul Celan, Aharon Applefeld, Elie Wiesel, Norman Manea), artists, and film directors (Radu Mihaileanu, Radu Gabrea) present in this volume have in common is not just their Romanian heritage and their complicated relationship with Romania, but also an intense preoccupation with the memory of the Holocaust.

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This book explores the memory of the Romanian Holocaust through transnational representations strongly rooted in a Romanian past of anti-Semitism, genocide, and violence. The essays in this volume discuss survivor testimonial accounts, letters, journals, and drawings, as well as literature and films in an effort to break the silence im...

Valentina Glajar is Associate Professor of German at Texas State University—San Marcos. She is the author of The German Legacy in East Central Europe, and co-editor of “Gypsies” in European Literature and Culture and of Vampirettes, Wretches, and Amazons: Western Representations of East European Women. She also translated (with André ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.95 × 5.68 × 0.82 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230112544

ISBN - 13:9780230112544

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PART I: Local History, Bearing Witness * The Perception of the Holocaust in Historiography and in the Romanian Media--Alexandru Florian * The Iasi Pogrom in Curzio Malaparte’s Kaputt: Between History and Fiction--Mihai Dinu Gheorghiu * The Cernauti Ghetto, the Deportations, and the Decent Mayor--Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer * “Bottles in the Sea”: Letters of Deported Jews in Moghilev (Transnistria), November-December 1941--Florence Heymann * Survival and Memory: Arnold Daghani’s Verbal and Visual Diaries--Deborah Schultz * Mircea Eliade and Mihail Sebastian: Chronicle of a Broken Friendship--Andrei Oisteanu * PART II: Transnational Memory in Literature and Film * Paul Celan’s Aesthetics of Transnational Remembrance--Iulia-Karin Patrut * Homescapes of Childhood: Aharon Appelfeld's Life Stories of Czernowitz--Emily Miller Budick * Norman Manea: “I am not a Writer of the Holocaust”--Jeanine Teodorescu * Elie Wiesel’s Night: The Death of Hope and Romania’s Problematic Moral Stand in Relation to the Holocaust--Domnica Radulescu * “The people of Israel lives!” Performing the Shoah on Post-War Bucharest’s Yiddish Stages--Corina L. Petrescu * Framing the Silence: The Romanian Jewish and Romani Holocaust in Filmic Representations--Valentina Glajar

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"This is a unique and highly valuable volume, focusing on the impact renowned authors like Appelfeld, Celan, Wiesel, and others had on the conscience of the world by sharing their experiences during the Holocaust."--Randolph Braham, Director of The Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, City University of New York“A powerful collection of essays that describe post-Communist Romania as a society torn between the dignified civic remembrance of the Holocaust and the old anti-Semitic reflexes of the extreme right.”--Radu Ioanid, historian and author of The Holocaust in Romania “Local History, Transnational Memory in the Romanian Holocaust challenges the post-1989 generation to engage in a more thorough analysis and exploration of the past. The volume is a landmark among the inter-disciplinary, transnational, and transcultural studies on the representations of the Holocaust. The editors and the authors, both from the West and from Romania itself, use a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches and are well versed in the problems facing the current stage of research and the tasks ahead. It seems that after seven decades since the Pogrom in Bucharest, the Iasi Pogrom, and the beginning of the tragedy in Transnistria, the study of the Holocaust in Romania and its cultural representation, has come of age.”--Raphael Vago, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, Tel Aviv University and Member of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania