Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press
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recommended by Professor Amy Simon in my Literature of the Holocaust course Read full review

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Langer's cataloging and analysis of the testimonies he witnessed are mostly useful and insightful, particularly when he establishes how the Holocaust experience challenges our ideas of heroism, logic ... Read full review


The Divided Self
The Besieged Self
The Impromptu Self
The Diminished Self

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Page 5 - I have the feeling . . . that the "self who was in the camp isn't me, isn't the person who is here opposite you. No, it's too unbelievable. And everything that happened to this other "self...
Page 6 - Deep memory tries to recall the Auschwitz self as it was then; common memory has a dual function: it restores the self to its normal pre- and postcamp routines but also offers detached portraits, from the vantage point of today, of what it must have been like then.
Page 7 - I was scarcely able to stand . . . pierced with cold, filthy, gaunt, and the pain is so unbearable, so exactly the pain I suffered there, that I feel it again physically, I feel it again through my whole body, which becomes a block of pain, and I feel death seizing me, I feel myself die. Fortunately, in my anguish, I cry out. The cry awakens me, and I emerge from the nightmare, exhausted. It takes days for everything to return to normal, for memory to be 'refilled' and for the skin of memory to mend...
Page 5 - As such it is always in the present, though not continuously felt: Auschwitz is there, fixed and unchangeable but wrapped in the impervious skin of memory that segregates itself from the present 'me...

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