Biography and Memory

Biography and Memory

The Generational Experience of the Shoah Survivors

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Academic Studies Press
Biography and Memory discusses the return of Jews to their places of birth in Poland. A biographical urge to come full circle often leads to symbolic journeys to one’s roots, but in the case of Shoah survivors, such journeys are unexpected, defying the generational definition of their biography, which mostly draws a demarcation line between wartime trauma and a new post- Holocaust life. Analyzed biographical stories collected from Israeli survivors indicate that such returns may be considered the last chapters of their wartime experiences. Survivors’ biographies are examined in the context of both Jewish and Polish memory. This book will be of interest to sociologists, historians, and to general readers.

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In this translation from the 2008 Polish original, Kazmierska (sociology of culture, U. of Lodz, Poland) focuses broadly on displacement throughout modern history of peoples in Central and Eastern Europe and how a return to one's birthplace influences perceptions of one's biography. Drawing on the work of German sociologist Fritz Schutze on narration, interviews with Holocaust survivors residing in Israel, and published memoirs, her analysis treats individual and collective dimensions of the experiences and memories of Jewish returnees to Poland following the war plus those of local Polish communities who witnessed their return. Narrative themes include marginality, ambivalence vs. rootedness, and viewing the past in terms of subsequent life stages. Some new references have been added. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781618111180
Characteristics: 1 online resource (393 pages)
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