From Listening to Reading

Alan Rosen

in The Wonder of Their Voices

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395129
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866588 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Oral History Series

From Listening to Reading

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Boder was unique in his taking a wire recorder to the DP camps. But most of Boder's efforts in the aftermath were devoted to getting the interviews into print. This chapter chronicles this process in its evolving stages, from first publishing excerpts of the interviews, to fashioning a hybrid book, I Did Not Interview the Dead, to finally the freedom provided by self-publishing the interviews in Topical Autobiographies. The chapter further argues that Boder worked fastidiously to keep recording in the foreground even while rendering the recorded interviews into print. His indefatigable efforts to find the proper vehicle for the interviews—articles, academic or trade books, self-published manuscript—also illuminate the context of publishing books on the Holocaust in the late 1940s and 1950s, showing that interest was there, though publishers did not always share Boder's idiosyncratic expectations. A close examination of Boder's negotiations with The Jewish Publication Society dramatizes the problems and possibilities of his approach to publishing the DP interviews.

Keywords: publishing; interviews; Holocaust; Jewish Publication Society; academic books

Chapter.  14432 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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