The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust

The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust
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Nancy R. Goodman and Marilyn B. Meyers examine in this book how the Holocaust is processed and understood by both survivors and their children and grand-children. Goodman and Meyers identify bearing witness, the act of acknowledging that the trauma of the Holocaust took place, as an important way for survivors to cope with their experiences. As the contributors to this book demonstrate, testimonial writing and memoir, artwork, poetry, documentary, theater, and even the simple recollection of a memory are ways that honor and serve as forms of witnessing. Each chapter is a fusion of narrative and metaphor that exists as evidence of the living mind that emerges amid the dead spaces produced by mass trauma, creating a revelatory, transformational space for the terror of knowing and the possibility for affirmation of hope, courage, and endurance in the face of almost unspeakable evil. Additionally, the power of witnessing is extended from the Holocaust to contemporary instances of mass trauma and to psychoanalytic treatments, proving its efficacy in the dyadic relationship of everyday practice for both patient and analyst.