Writing the Holocaust: Identity, Testimony, Representation

Paperback | September 15, 2008

byZoe Vania Waxman

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Arguing against the prevailing view that Holocaust survivors (encouraged by a new and flourishing culture of 'witnessing') have come forward only recently to tell their stories,Writing the Holocaust examines the full history of Holocaust testimony, from the first chroniclers confined toNazi-enforced ghettos to today's survivors writing as part of collective memory. Zoe Waxman shows how the conditions and motivations for bearing witness changed immeasurably. She reveals the multiplicity of Holocaust experiences, the historically contingent nature of victims' responses, and the extent to which their identities - secular or religious, male or female, East or WestEuropean - affected not only what they observed but also how they have written about their experiences. In particular, she demonstrates that what survivors remember is substantially determined by the context in which they are remembering.

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Arguing against the prevailing view that Holocaust survivors (encouraged by a new and flourishing culture of 'witnessing') have come forward only recently to tell their stories,Writing the Holocaust examines the full history of Holocaust testimony, from the first chroniclers confined toNazi-enforced ghettos to today's survivors writin...

Zoe Vania Waxman is a Fellow in Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway at the University of London.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.57 inPublished:September 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019954154X

ISBN - 13:9780199541546

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Writing as Resistance? - Bearing Witness in the Warsaw Ghetto2. Writing to Survive: The Testimony of the Concentration Camps3. Writing to Remember: The Role of the Survivor4. Writing Ignored: Reading Women's Holocaust Testimonies5. Writing the Holocaust: The Representation of TestimonyEpilogue

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`Waxman's book includes many fascinating and significant aspects that remind us of the need to look again at what the survivors, and indeed those who did not survive, are saying in their testimonies. 'Joanne Sayner, H-Net