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On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony

Foreword by Robert Coles

How do Holocaust survivors find words for horrific memories? “It is not a story,” insists one survivor. “It has to be made a story.” Greenspan shows us the ways survivors do “make stories” for the “not-story.” Equally important, he shows us the ways they are not able to do so.


"Stunningly brilliant, standard-setting for scholarship in the field, Henry Greenspan's 2010 version of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors transcends the path-breaking first edition by putting into bold relief the insights that emerge from his more than thirty years of intensive collaboration with Holocaust survivors. By emphasizing the importance of ongoing conversation, rather than one-time testimony, Greenspan challenges conventional wisdom and wisely transforms the process of discerning and responding to what survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides have to say."--John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, and Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College.



REMNANTS is an award-winning voice play that is the fruit of two decades of conversation between its author and Holocaust survivors. The play explores the experience of living after the Holocaust, attempting to find meaning in a destruction that defies even articulation.

Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated

Co-authored with Agi Rubin

Agi Rubin began a diary in April, 1945, two days after Liberation. She was then sixteen years old. Reflections includes Agi’s early diary, along with her continuing dialogue with Holocaust memory over sixty years. The conversation with memory is interwoven with the co-authors’ friendship of twenty-five years.