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The dynamic concepts of resistance and collaboration in post-Holocaust remembrance: revisiting the personal narratives of jewish survivors from Romania

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Ionescu, Ștefan

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Abstract This article examines how the Holocaust survivors from Romania represented and reinterpreted the notions of resistance and collaboration. Overall, it seems that the treatment of the Holocaust in post-WWII public opinion and scholar- ship influenced the way survivors represented the Holocaust. For many years, resistance was equated with "heroic" armed struggle. Gradually, the perspective of the Holocaust began to change, and new interpretations enlarging the concept of resistance have since emerged. The issue of Jewish collaboration with the Nazis has also triggered heated debates. Due to changing social and political contexts, new interpretations focusing on the difficulties and moral dilemmas faced by the Jews have started to emerge.
Keywords reminiscence; survival strategy; resistance; collaboration; Jew; public opinion; post-war period; Romania
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research
Free Keywords Holocaust
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 259-271
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 9 (2009) 2
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works