Trauma in first person: diary writing during the Holocaust

Amos Goldberg, Shmuel Sermoneta Gertel (Translator), Avner Greenberg (Translator)

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"What are the effects of radical oppression on the human psyche? What happens to the inner self of the powerless and traumatized victim, especially during times of widespread horror? In this bold and deeply penetrating book, Amos Goldberg addresses diary writing by Jews under Nazi persecution. Throughout Europe, in towns, villages, ghettos, forests, hideouts, concentration and labor camps, and even in extermination camps, Jews of all ages and of all cultural backgrounds described in writing what befell them. Goldberg claims that diary and memoir writing was perhaps the most important literary genre for Jews during World War II. Goldberg considers the act of writing in radical situations as he looks at diaries from little-known victims as well as from brilliant diarists such as Chaim Kaplan and Victor Kemperer. Goldberg contends that only against the background of powerlessness and inner destruction can Jewish responses and resistance during the Holocaust gain their proper meaning"--back cover.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBloomington, Indiana
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages296
ISBN (Electronic)0253030218, 9780253030214
ISBN (Print)9780253029744, 0253029740, 9780253030023, 0253030021
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Translation of: Ṭraʼumah be-guf rishon.


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