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By Jürgen Matthäus

ISBN-10: 0195389158

ISBN-13: 9780195389159

Between assets at the Holocaust, survivor tales are the least replaceable and most intricate, reflecting either the character of the narrator and the stipulations and perceptions triumphing on the time of narration. students, regardless of their target to problem reminiscence and fill its gaps, usually use tales uncritically or selectively-mining them to aid generalizations. This booklet represents a departure, bringing Holocaust specialists Atina Grossmann, Konrad Kwiet, Wendy reduce, J?rgen Matth?us, and Nechama Tec jointly to research the testimony of 1 Holocaust survivor. Born in Bratislava on the finish of global struggle I, Helen "Zippi" Spitzer Tichauer used to be despatched to Auschwitz in 1942. one of many few early arrivals to outlive the camp and the loss of life marches, she met her destiny husband in a DP camp, and so they moved to long island within the Nineteen Sixties. starting in 1946, Zippi committed many hours to conversing with a small crew of students approximately her lifestyles. Her wide-ranging interviews are uniquely suited for increase questions about the that means and use of survivor testimony. What can we recognize this day concerning the workings of a demise camp? How prepared are we to benefit from the studies of a survivor, and what sort of is our notion preconditioned via standardized pictures? What are the mechanisms, goals, and pitfalls of storytelling? Can survivor stories be understood accurately with out tips from those that skilled the occasions? This book's new, multifaceted method towards Zippi's precise tale mixed with the authors' research of key features of Holocaust reminiscence, its varieties and its capabilities, makes it a worthwhile and engaging learn.

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Such differences didn’t matter to me. . She never ate sausage because it was not kosher. I ate her sausage and gave her something else. If we had sardines, I would give them to her. She wouldn’t eat bread, so she got potatoes. I would give away my bread sometimes so she would get potatoes. Sometimes, we would 40 Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor get additional food, more bread or something. Once in a while, we also received vouchers for food. Jews that did certain kinds of work could use the vouchers in the canteen in the camp.

She was not brought up Jewish. . She was adopted by Jews. ” Later on, after they became friends, Zippi realized how much a part of Katia’s existence was her preoccupation with her Jewish identity. Her need to deny it again and again was strong and persistent, but the stories about her background kept changing from time to time. While waiting for transfers, Zippi had a soothing effect on Katia. She persuaded her that at this time and place nothing could be done. ” The two new friends, Zippi and Katia, were in a situation that required strength, and they benefited from their mutual support and friendship.

Only when we began to mingle with them could we tell that they were the girls from eastern Slovakia, already transformed into inmates, heads shaved, they had old Russian uniforms on. Before, we didn’t know who they were! They looked so very strange! This group came on the twenty-seventh; we came on the twenty-eighth; there was one day difference in our arrivals. ” But being shown and being told were different from personally experiencing something for themselves. This was the day when Zippi and the other women, like all concentration camp inmates before and after her, were deeply shamed by the shaving of their bodies.

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