Silenced Memories and Network Dynamics in Holocaust Testimonies
The Matalon Family and Case of Greece
Keywords:Holocaust, Greece, trauma, memory, silence, survivors
During World War II, many Jewish survivors witnessed how their parents, spouses and children were being taken away to Nazi camps, some even saw them suffering till the end. Those who came back were hoping to find a peaceful haven and finally sit back with at least some of the family members. Their ties, however, were irrevocably disturbed. This article is focusing on one Jewish family from Thessaloniki, within which many of the three generations survived hiding in Greece while others were deported to Auschwitz. This created traumatic layers in the family memory (each of them on a different ground) often suppressed for decades to come. Dwelling on a rich archive of personal testimonies, I will bring closer these silenced memories within the traumatized family network stemming not only from the tragedy of the Holocaust but interplaying with the family dynamics.
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