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Writing the Holocaust$
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Zoë Vania Waxman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541546.001.0001

Writing to Remember: The Role of the Survivor

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(p.88) 3 Writing to Remember: The Role of the Survivor
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Writing the Holocaust
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Zoe Vania Waxman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541546.003.0004

This chapter charts the path of the ‘liberated prisoners’ and their gradual re-categorization over time, first as ‘Displaced Persons’, and eventually as ‘survivors’. It shows how the post-war introduction of the concept of ‘the Holocaust’ to describe survivors' experiences, and the adoption of the post-war identity of the survivor as witness, acted as organizational frameworks for survivors' experiences, enabling personal experiences of suffering to be viewed as essential components of a collective historical event.

Keywords:   writing, survivors, liberated prisoners, displaced persons, holocaust, post-war, identity, suffering, collective historical event

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