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Bearing Witness
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Bearing witness generally refers to the narrative communication of a directly experienced event. Yet, despite the existence of surviving victims and thousands of thousands of perpetrators, the Holocaust​ is often referred to as an “event without witnesses.” This issue of bearing witness to the Holocaust was already perceptible in early reports from survivors. It is primarily due to the specific process of mass extermination and consequent in…

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Pollmann, Anna, “Bearing Witness”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_01140>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170427

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