The Holocaust and Memory : The Experience of the Holocaust and Its Consequences - An Investigation Based on Personal Narratives
Based on interviews with Holocaust survivors, this book describes their life during the war and the sense which they made of it. It assumes that oral testimony is of more value than written, forcing the researcher to take on the role of active participant in a common effort to construct meaning. The book first deals with the differences between wartime experiences of Jews and Poles in occupied Poland, both objectively - stemming from Nazi legislation - and subjectively - stemming from individual experiences, for example on the Aryan side of the ghetto wall where Jews could either be helped or blackmailed by Poles. The largest section of the book reconstructs everyday life in the ghetto, showing a gradual deprivation of legal and moral identity, and finally even of individuality, while also showing heroism and a vivid spriritual and intellectual life.
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- Hardback | 352 pages
- 166.6 x 240.3 x 35.6mm | 725.76g
- 08 Oct 2002
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Leicester University Press
- London, United Kingdom
"Engelking-Boni puts her interviews with ghetto survivors through a screen of intellectual analysis and blends them with a lot of secondary historical and philosophical literature....Recommended." Choice
About Barbara Engel King-Boni
Barbara Engelking is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw. She has written three books in Polish on subjects related to the Holocaust. Barbara Engelking is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw. She has written three books in Polish on subjects related to the Holocaust. Gunnar S. Paulsson is a lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He was recently Senior Historian on the Holocaust Exhibition Project at the Imperial War Museum in London.