Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust

Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust – “Engaging Survivors: Assessing ‘Testimony’ and ‘Trauma’ as Foundational Concepts”

CoverDapim – Studies on the Shoah, is the inter-disciplinary academic journal of the  Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research.  We are privileged to be part of the same institute as this peer-reviewed bi-lingual academic journal.  Dapim is devoted to the inter-disciplinary study of the Holocaust, the Second World War and anti-Semitism.  Scholars from around the world contribute to this journal, and here in our MA program we benefit from learning from many of the featured authors.

This month “Dapim” 28-3 was published.  The issue features three articles and an exceptional research forum, which featured guest editor Henry Greenspan.

The forum titled “Engaging Survivors: Assessing ‘Testimony’ and ‘Trauma’ as Foundational Concepts” encompassed diverse opinions from a wealth of scholars around the world.  Contributors included Sara Horowitz, Éva Kovács, Berel Lang, Dori Laub, Kenneth Waltzer and Annette Wieviorka, as well as guest editor Henry Greenspan.

In the forum’s introduction, Greenspan writes:

“What is most striking about the contributions to follow is their sheer diversity. Clearly, much of that reflects the range of disciplines, intellectual styles, and professional careers represented. But it also tells us that there is very little approaching consensus about the meaning, utility, and reach of testimony and trauma, not only in the context of Holocaust and genocide studies, but more widely. We believe that this is itself an important finding about two of our most foundational concepts. Diversity of perspectives is, in general, a good thing; there is no inherent virtue in consensus. But we should at least know where things stand. At present, scholars who invoke testimony and trauma are not simply pursuing very different trails. They are working in very different forests. ”

We are very excited to have contributed with such outstanding scholars, and are excited to share the forum with you today.

To read the entire forum, and subscribe to “Dapim – Studies on the Holocaust,” you can click here.

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