JEDNAK KSIAZKI GDANSKIE CZASOPISMO HUMANISTYCZNE ESSAYS REPRESENTING AND TEACHING THE HOLOCAUST IN THE 21 ST CENTURY: A PRACTICAL PROPOSAL

Silvia Pellicer-Ortín
2016 unpublished
ore than seven decades have elapsed since the horrible Nazi machine was set into motion and, although some thinkers claim that "it is time to leave Auschwitz behind" (Burg 2008: 210), many of the debates concerning its representation and transmission still echo in contemporary societies. Among all the complex questions that the Holocaust brings to the fore, this article will focus on the conflicts over the role of history, testimony and literature in depicting the Holocaust and the traditional
more » ... nd the traditional clash between the position of the historian, the witness and the artist when coming to terms with it. In the 1980s, Lawrence L. Langer exposed this conflict in the following questions: "To whom shall we entrust the custody of the public memory of the Holocaust? To the historian? To the survivor? To the critic? To the poet, novelist, dramatist?" (1988: 26). It is my contention that these questions are still very present within the field of Holocaust Studies and, thus, I will try to address some of them in the present article. It is widely agreed that the literary representation of the Holocaust is problematic (Henke
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