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"Writing the Unspeakable: Language, Memory and Trauma in Survival in Auschwitz, Still Alive and Nightfather"
- Author: Mikaela Janet Malsin (2010)
- Thesis Advisor: Angelika Bammer
- Program: Comparative Literature


A theme of "incomprehensibility" pervades discourse surrounding the Holocaust. Despite
the notion that the attempt to annihilate European Jewry has been deemed "unspeakable,"
many survivors have written accounts of the events they witnessed. This thesis explores
the problems of language in relation to the Holocaust through the analysis of two
memoirs by Holocaust survivors and one "post-memoir" by the daughter of a survivor:
Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz, Ruth Kluger's Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood
Remembered, and Carl Friedman's Nightfather. I analyze the ways in which each writer
overcomes the problems of inexpressibility in order to tell his or her story.




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