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Ecologies of Witnessing: Language, Place, and Holocaust Testimony

Hannah Pollin-Galay


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, ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, trauma, witnessing, Yiddish, Israel, Lithuania, oral history, American Jewry, translation, Soviet Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300226041
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300226041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Pollin-Galay, author
University of Massachusetts Amherst