A traumatic past in the far distance: narrating children’s survival in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust

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Abstract

This article explores the history of a group of approximately 1000 young Holocaust survivors that were resettled in Canada in the late 1940s as part of a project sponsored by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC). It seeks to interrogate the main material of this research, the case files that were filled by humanitarian workers in Europe to assist the young survivors in their Canadian visa application. Through a close reading of this material, it has the ambition to examine the discourses and practices of the adults – in other words to “observe the observer” – and highlight how they wrote about the Holocaust and about the individual and collective experiences of its survivors. It also asks if one can grasp the voices of the children themselves and highlight the specificity of their experience of persecution.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the History of Childhood and Youth
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

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