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Author Pollin-Galay, Hannah,
Title Ecologies of witnessing : language, place, and Holocaust testimony / Hannah Pollin-Galay.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]

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Author Pollin-Galay, Hannah,
Subject Sociolinguistics.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives.
Holocaust survivors -- Personal narratives.
Language and history.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 335 pages) : illustrations, map
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Access Available to OhioLINK libraries
Contents Bad testimony: Making and breaking the rules of witnessing -- Solidarity: Kin, party, neighborhood -- The victim-perpetrator encounter -- Accent as archive: Yiddish and language biographies -- Places and non-places -- Conclusion
Summary This book reassesses contemporary 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 who resettled in Israel and North America after World War II, the analysis reveals meaningful differences based on where they 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. The argument illuminates the multiple places that the Holocaust can fill in Jewish historical memory. Beyond the particular Jewish case, the book raises fundamental questions about how people draw from their linguistic and physical environments in order to understand their own suffering. The analysis challenges the assumption of a universal vocabulary for describing and healing human pain
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 6, 2018)
ISBN 9780300235531 (electronic bk.)
0300235534 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1047729235

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