Out of the Past : Simon Wiesenthal's 'Hunt' for Nazis as a Form of Collective Testimony

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Out of the Past : Simon Wiesenthal's 'Hunt' for Nazis as a Form of Collective Testimony
Author Lindström, Fredrik
Date 2019
English abstract
The article examines Simon Wiesenthal’s life-long preoccupation with the Holocaust, by using Paul Ricoeur’s discussion of the two modes of dealing with the past – those of ‘memory’ and ‘history’ respectively – as a point of departure. Nevertheless, the article aims to approach the varying forms and expressions of this preoccupation in an integrated fashion, analyzing it as different means of achieving one and the same purpose: giving a public ‘collective testimony’ of the Holocaust. Departing from Wiesenthal’s own experiences, as well as testimonies of how the events of the Holocaust affected his own larger family, and testimonies of events taking place in his original Heimat – the area of Eastern Galicia that he stemmed from – Wiesenthal’s work in collecting testimonies of Nazi crimes gradually aggregated into a special form of ‘collective testimony’ of the Holocaust.
DOI https://doi.org/10.23777/SN0219/ART_FLIN01 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.23777/SN0219/ART_FLIN01 .Icon
Publisher Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)
Host/Issue S:I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation.;2
Volume 6
ISSN 2408-9192
Language eng (iso)
Subject Simon Wiesenthal
biography
history
memory
Holocaust
Paul Ricoeur
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30797 Permalink to this page
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