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Difficult Memories: Talk in a (Post) Holocaust Era


reviewed by Ray Wolpow — 2003

coverTitle: Difficult Memories: Talk in a (Post) Holocaust Era
Author(s): Marla Morris and John A. Weaver (Eds)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820451487, Pages: 278, Year: 2002
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Educating our students to read, write and speak with clarity and understanding about their experiences, and the experiences of others, is inherent in most standards-based curricula.  And yet, how do we speak of the unspeakable, past and present?  Survivors of the Holocaust experienced “a human tremendum, a degeneracy unparalleled and unfathomable to any person bonded to life” (Cohen, 1981, p.18).  Despite, and perhaps because there was no anodyne, no redemption for the wounds they suffered, survivors developed their own genre of discourse: “testimonial” (Wiesel, 1977). How do we, educators a generation or two removed, make sense of survivors’ discourse and memory?  More important, how do those of us who teach the Holocaust imbricate survivors’ difficult discourses with our own?    In Difficult Memories: Talk in a (Post) Holocaust Era, editors Morris (Georgia Southern University) and Weaver (University of Akron) gather seventeen scholarly “Jewish, non-Jewish, German, Christian, Canadian, [and] American” voices, to generate discourse on difficult memories, “not as a unitary or unified thing, but a nothing, a slippery, fragile, wounded spark.” ... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1234-1238
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11086, Date Accessed: 3/24/2017 6:04:34 PM

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