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In recounting the past, Holocaust survivors deliberately or unconsciously craft the stories they recount about the Shoah. Whether through literature, memoirs, or testimony, survivors shape stories about the past while signaling what remains unsaid. Deferred memories – stories told many decades after the events occurred – often address issues that survivors did not dare or could not bear to recount earlier. Looking at these deferred stories through the lens of gender, we will explore how survivors craft accounts that insist on reclaiming, owning, and interpreting what the writer Ida Fink called “the ruins of memory,” often against the grain and in tension with academic interpretation.


Sara R. Horowitz is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at York University, Canada. She is the author of the award-winning Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction (SUNY 1997) and most recently authored Shadows in the City of Light: Paris in Post-War French Jewish Writing (SUNY 2021). She is the editor or co-editor of several prizewinning books and served as chief editor for the Azrieli Holocaust Memoirs Series I and II (Azrieli Foundation-Centre for Jewish Studies 2007, 2009).


USC Main Campus
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
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