Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 48–65 | Cite as

Reading anne frank and elie wiesel: voice and gender in stories of the holocaust

  • Mary D. Lagerwey


I consider two life stories, Anne Frank: A Diary of a Young Girl and Night, that have played major roles in shaping collective memories of the Holocaust in the United States. These collective representations, including I argue, widely read personal accounts of the Holocaust, add to and surpass personal experience as a source of knowledge. The two stories are examined through lenses of gender. I draw from the Durkheimian tradition of collective representations and argue that the reception and popularity ofthis pair of stories have been constituted by their gendered nature


Young Girl Life Story Collective Memory Personal Narrative Contemporary JEWRY 
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  • Mary D. Lagerwey
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  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityWestern Michigan

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