Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory

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Yale University Press, 1991 - History - 216 pages
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This important and original book is the first sustained analysis of the unique ways in which oral testimony of survivors contributes to our understanding of the Holocaust. Langer argues that it is necessary to deromanticize the survival experience and that to burden it with accolades about the "indomitable human spirit" is to slight its painful complexity and ambivalence.

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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

Review: Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

Langer, who has observed over 300 hours of Holocaust testimony (I can't even begin to imagine), examines the memories of Holocaust survivors with five specific categories. Although he provides more ... Read full review


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Lawrence L. Langer is Professor of English at Simmons College in Boston. Winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for Holocaust Testimonies, he has also written Versions of Survival, The Age of Atrocity, and The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination.

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