After Testimony

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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Abstract

Bøndergaard offers an analysis of Göran Rosenberg’s family memoir A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz, Granta, London, (2014) against the backdrop of the history of testimony in international law since World War II and in the context of the recent critique of trauma theory. As Rosenberg’s book deals specifically with a traumatized parent and a missing testimony, Marianne Hirsch’s concept of postmemory provides a logical framework within which to place Rosenberg’s book. Bøndergaard argues, however, that Hirsch’s concept carries a legacy of theorizations of trauma which have been criticized in recent years and are largely absent from the historically oriented forensic work that Bøndergaard considers in her book.

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  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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