Matthaus, Jurgen, Ed. Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor: Holocaust Testimony and Its Transformations
Uneke, Okori, International Social Science Review
Matthaus, Jurgen, ed. Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor: Holocaust Testimony and Its Transformations. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 211 pages. Cloth, $74.00.
Given that Holocaust survivors' stories have been commemorated in novels, plays, and motion pictures, the title of this book may seem, at face value, very familiar. But Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor adopts a distinctive tone and approach in providing narratives about the journey to concentration camps, unbearable camp lives, and death marches. The editor, Jurgen Matthaus, together with four other Holocaust scholars-Konrad Kwiet, Nechama Tec, Atina Grossman, and Wendy Lower--devote their analyses to the testimony of one Holocaust survivor, Helen "Zippi' Tichauer (nee Spitzer). Zippi, as she preferred to be called, was born 1918 in Bratislava and was one of the first 2,000 young, unmarried Jewish women transported to Auschwitz in March 1942 from Slovakia. Spending two and a half years …
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Publication information: Article title: Matthaus, Jurgen, Ed. Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor: Holocaust Testimony and Its Transformations. Contributors: Uneke, Okori - Author. Journal title: International Social Science Review. Volume: 85. Issue: 1-2 Publication date: Spring-Summer 2010. Page number: 68+. © 2008 Pi Gamma Mu. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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