No Common Place: The Holocaust Testimony of Alina Bacall-Zwirn

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U of Nebraska Press, Aug 1, 2000 - History - 124 pages
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"You know, a lot of people like to talk about it, and I'm always pushing, pushing away, you know, I'm always pushing. I hate to remember, I hate to talk about it." But in the wake of her husband's death, and afraid that the story would never be told, Alina Bacall-Zwirn, a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto and four Nazi concentration camps, decided to remember and to bear witness to the history she and her husband suffered together. In a unique format that combines personal testimony, photographs, letters, legal documents and contributions from Alina's family; No Common Place interweaves a survivor's story with her reflections on the impact of her traumatic past on herself and her family. ø As it follows Alina through conversations with Jared Stark and with interviewers at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, and as it records her participation in the dedication ceremonies of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the books speaks to the importance of the individual's voice in shaping collective memory of the Holocaust. The supporting materials?chronology, maps, and notes?allow the survivor's voice to serve as a guide to the study of the Holocaust and its aftermath.
 

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A great encounter of a woman and the obstacles faced in such hard times. Still keeping her head held high, she managed to escape and continues to tell this riveting story.
I highly reccomend this book to everyone, especially doubters.

Contents

start preparing i
1
Until there is company
6
Who will remember
13
remember not too much
16
To the end its a different story
25
A small opening
29
Safe and not safe
34
The next half of my life
40
Only me
64
On the oven
69
still hear the cry
73
Meeting Ruth
78
Onions and coffee
86
And I think we got stronger
93
Liberation
96
And we miss each other
101

Majdanek
44
AuschwitzBirkenau
50
A connection
57
Selection
61
From Marburg to America
107
Memorials
115
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About the author (2000)

Alina Bacall-Zwirn was born Alinka Handszer in Warsaw, Poland, in 1922. Married in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of four Nazi concentration camps, she immigrated to the United States with her husband in 1949. Alina died in 1997, one month after completing her testimony.



Jared Stark is Assistant Professor of Literary Cultures at the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University.

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