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Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust

Roger Frie


Written by the son of Germans who were children during the war, with grandparents who were participants in the war, this book uses the history of the author’s family as a guide to consider the psychological and moral implications of memory. From his perspective of a life lived across German and Jewish contexts, the author seeks to understand the discoveries he makes. Drawing on family narrative, the author shows how German families try to keep the Holocaust at bay, finding that some memories of the past are shared, while others remain shrouded in silence. This silence about the role of family ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, survivor, perpetrator, bystander, collective memory, private memory, trauma, family narrative, learned history, lived history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199372553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Frie, author
Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University