9780803261785

No Common Place : The Holocaust Testimony of Alina Bacall-Zwirn

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803261785

  • ISBN10:

    0803261780

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-08-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

"You know, a lot of people like to talk about it, and I'm always pushing, pushing away, you know, I'm always pushing. I hate to remember, I hate to talk about it." But in the wake of her husband's death, and afraid that the story would never be told, Alina Bacall-Zwirn, a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto and four Nazi concentration camps, decided to remember and to bear witness to the history she and her husband suffered together. In a unique format that combines personal testimony, photographs, letters, legal documents and contributions from Alina's family;No Common Placeinterweaves a survivor's story with her reflections on the impact of her traumatic past on herself and her family. As it follows Alina through conversations with Jared Stark and with interviewers at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, and as it records her participation in the dedication ceremonies of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the books speaks to the importance of the individual's voice in shaping collective memory of the Holocaust. The supporting materials--chronology, maps, and notes--allow the survivor's voice to serve as a guide to the study of the Holocaust and its aftermath.

Author Biography

Alina Bacall-Zwirn was born Alinka Handszer in Warsaw, Poland, in 1922. Married in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of four Nazi concentration camps, she immigrated to the United States with her husband in 1949. Alina died in 1997, one month after completing her testimony.



Jared Stark is Assistant Professor of Literary Cultures at the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments and Sources xiii
Family Tree xv
Chronology xvii
Note on the Text xxiii
Map
xxi
I start preparing
1(5)
Until there is company
6(7)
Who will remember
13(3)
I remember not too much
16(9)
To the end, it's a different story
25(4)
A small opening
29(5)
Safe and not safe
34(6)
The next half of my life
40(4)
Majdanek
44(6)
Auschwitz-Birkenau
50(7)
A connection
57(4)
Selection
61(3)
Only me
64(5)
On the oven
69(4)
I still hear the cry
73(5)
Meeting Ruth
78(8)
Onions and coffee
86(7)
And I think we got stronger
93(3)
Liberation
96(5)
And we miss each other
101(6)
From Marburg to America
107(8)
Memorials
115

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