Time, history and the Holocaust

I’ve just been reading Lawrence Langer’s essay Memory’s Time: Chronology and Duration in Holocaust Testimonies¬† in which he makes a distinction between chronological and durational time.1¬† Chronological time presumes a ‘before, during and after’, whereas in durational time there is only now, and therefore there can be no sense of ‘what next?’ or an ‘afterwards’. […]

Memories of the Holocaust

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp by the Soviet Red Army and also many other camps, including Belsen and Dachau.¬† Although many of those who survived the horrors of their ordeal were able to rebuild their lives, which often included emigrating to either to Israel or the […]