The social dimension of memory in the testimonies of Jewish survivors in Greece

Pothiti Hantzaroula

At the centre of this study are the testimonies of Greek-Jewish survivors which were collected by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. By placing the memory in the framework of the social and the biographical continuum, it attempts to illuminate the multiplicity of the experience of the survivor as well as the social dimension of the formation of his/her identity through memory. The article aims at inserting the class and gender aspects of the experiences of the survivors in the investigation of the construction of memory in order to illuminate dimensions of the memory of the survivors that have been obscured by the contemporary focus on the ahistorical emphasis on trauma and on the impossibility of witnessing.

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