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Author Taft, Margaret.
Title From victim to survivor : the emergence and development of the Holocaust witness, 1941-1949 / Margaret Taft.
Published Edgware, United Kingdom ; Portland, Oregon : Vallentine Mitchell, 2013.
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 Floor2  D804.348 .T34 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xiv, 220 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [189]-211) and index.
Contents From persecution to annihilation: The struggle to know and understand, June 1941-January 1943 -- Confronting the truth in a period of transition, 1944-1946 -- From private victim to public survivor, 1947-1949.
Summary "This original study into the development of the Holocaust witness is a groundbreaking contribution to the scholarship of early Holocaust testimony. From Victim to Survivor challenges the prevailing view that the Eichmann trial in 1961 was the impetus for the public emergence of the Holocaust witness. Through a close reading of diaries, memoirs, reports and chronicles, this book proves that the Holocaust witness emerged long before Eichmann was captured and before the world was ready to acknowledge their role and status. The book argues that witnesses to the Holocaust first strove to give meaning to the events that threatened their existence over a critical eight year period from 1941 until 1949, contributing to a shared understanding of what it meant to be a victim during the onslaught of the Final Solution and what it meant to be a survivor in the immediate post-war period. They confronted an unprecedented threat to their existence that they struggled to comprehend, along with the deliberate attempt by the Nazis to conceal it. After liberation, they encountered a climate of continued anti-Semitism, hostility, and indifference, both from the Allies and the world. By refusing to remain silent, victims and survivors made a meaningful and enduring contribution to their own communities at a time when few others showed an interest in or had an understanding of the Jewish experience of the Holocaust."--Publisher's website.
Subject Holocaust survivors' writings -- History and criticism.
Holocaust survivors -- History -- 20th century.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Historiography.
ISBN 0853039763 (hardback)
9780853039761 (hardback)
9780853039860 (ebook)
0853039860 (ebook)
OCLC number 849507746