This study examines the testimony of Arlette Andersen who is a Holocaust survivor. More specifically, the project examines the particular narrative of Andersens testimony, and discusses how it can be viewed as part of the education in Holocaust.
Arlette Andersens narrative, which is shown in the documentary Arlette - En historie vi aldrig må glemme, combines her testimony with historical animations and interviews with historians. Her mission is to fight the growing tendency of Holocaust denial, by informing the young students of the Danish high schools, of the horrible events in her past in Auschwitz. Furthermore Arlette Andersen hopes that by talking openly about her past, she can reduce the risk of Holocaust to ever repeat.
The theoretical framework in this project is founded on the works of Annette Wieviorka, Zoë Waxman and Dominick LaCapra. They all discuss the methodological complications that follow by using testimonies in a historical context, because testimonies are based on subjective observations and memory. They argue that testimonies are a unique hermeneutique genre, and emphasize the challenge for the historian as how to analyze it as a historical document in a meaningful and respectful manner. Testimonies, including Arlette Andersen, is not adequate as curriculum by itself, due to its unique characteristics. Each testimony is unique, and must therefore cooperate with its political, social or historical context in order to ascribe meaning to the history of Holocaust.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Vejledere||Karin Cohr Lützen|
- Arlette Andersen