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Excavating Memory

Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

in Transformed Landscapes

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162473
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.003.0008
Excavating Memory

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Suhmata, as excavated from the memories and memorials of those who themselves lived through the nakba or whose lives were forever shaped by the expulsion. It is the testimonial of the victims on what actually took place, and the tenacity of their roots, their identity, and their demand to return to their villages and land. Contributing to the silence were the destitution and low educational levels of those worst hit by the expulsions of 1948, notably those coming from the villages destroyed by the Zionist troops, compounded by trauma, fear, feelings of powerlessness, and shame. It is only in the last two decades that the signal importance of the forgotten, overlooked, or suppressed voices of the powerless has been recognized, and that oral history has come into its own as an area of study.

Keywords: Suhmata; nakba; memorials; destitution; shame

Chapter.  6491 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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