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Witnessing Witnessing: On the Reception of Holocaust Survivor Testimony

Thomas Trezise

Abstract

Witnessing Witnessing focuses critical attention on those who receive the testimony of Holocaust survivors. Questioning the notion that traumatic experience is intrinsically unspeakable and that the Holocaust lies in a quasi-sacred realm beyond history, the book asks whether much current theory does not have the effect of silencing the voices of real historical victims. It thereby challenges widely accepted theoretical views about the representation of trauma in general and the Holocaust in particular as set forth by Giorgio Agamben, Cathy Caruth, Berel Lang, and Dori Laub. It also reconsiders ... More

Keywords: Holocaust survivors, Holocaust testimony, reception, trauma theory, witnessing, Adorno, Delbo, Levi, Levinas, Semprun

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823244485
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244485.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Trezise, author
Princeton University

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