Experiencing Persecution

Space and Place in the Testimonies of Two Former Teenage Holocaust Survivors


  • Lukas Nievoll University of Linz




holocaust studies, concentration camps, Mauthausen-Gusen, Hungarian Jewish deportees


This article focuses on the testimonies of two teenage Holocaust survivors who were deported from Hungary via Auschwitz-Birkenau to Gusen II concentration camp. I pay attention to a key aspect of human experiences of displacement and persecution: Notions of place/ space and map-making in the example of two Holocaust testimonies from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

Author Biography

  • Lukas Nievoll, University of Linz

    Lukas Nievoll studied English and History at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Between 2019 and 2021 he worked in the research project “Digital Landscape of Remembrance (DERLA). Persecution and Resistance under National Socialism – Documenting and Mediating” at the Centre for Jewish Studies at Karl-Franzens-University Graz. Since October 2021, Lukas Nievoll has been a university assistant at the Institute for Modern and Contemporary History at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, where he is working on his doctoral thesis on the topic of space and violence at the Gusen concentration camp. In 2022 he was a Junior Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) and is currently a Doctoral Fellow at the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah (FMS) in Paris.




How to Cite

“Experiencing Persecution: Space and Place in the Testimonies of Two Former Teenage Holocaust Survivors ”. 2023. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 10 (1): 75-94. https://doi.org/10.23777/sn.0123/art_lnie01.