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18:15 - 20:00 24 January 2013
Transmission and Translation of Trauma – Interviews with Underage Holocaust Survivors
G23 (reception), G22 (lecture) |
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT |
Admission: Free of charge
Beate Muller, Reader in Modern German Studies, Newcastle University
In 1946, Latvian-born psychologist David Boder from Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology went to DP camps in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland where he interviewed more than 100 survivors of the Nazi persecution, recording their conversations on a wire-recorder. Boder's interviews constitute the first oral history project with survivors of the Shoah; a dozen or so of these interviewees were aged 18 or under.
One of Boder's goals was to give survivors the opportunity to tell their own stories in their own languages. But his intended audience was the American public, as well as researchers. This meant that he had to transcribe and translate his source material into English; eventually, he self-published the 70 interviews he had managed to translate into English before his death in 1961.
Reception followed by lecture.
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