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<i>Telling tales: trauma and testimony in Binjamin Wilkomirski's</i> Fragments

Anne Whitehead

in Trauma Fiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780748618576
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651726 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618576.003.0002
Telling tales: trauma and testimony in Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments

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This chapter studies the transmissibility of trauma in Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments: Memories of a Childhood. This fake memoir presented experiences that Wilkomirski believed were his own. This shows that his internalisation of Holocaust testimonies and memoirs identified the transmissibility of trauma and the dangers of over-identification. It determines that although Wilkomirski was not a survivor of the Holocaust, he did suffer trauma when he lost his parents early and when he was subsequently adopted. The chapter also addresses the question of how to think through the relation between the different levels and types of trauma.

Keywords: transmissibility; Binjamin Wilkomirski; fake memoir; Holocaust; over-identification; levels of trauma; types of trauma; trauma

Chapter.  7662 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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