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Social Theory after the Holocaust$
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Robert Fine and Charles Turner

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239659

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314087

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Holocaust Testimony and the Challenge to the Philosophy of History

Holocaust Testimony and the Challenge to the Philosophy of History

(p.219) Chapter 11 Holocaust Testimony and the Challenge to the Philosophy of History
Social Theory after the Holocaust

Dan Stone

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This chapter contains an essay by Dan Stone which argues that historians should not be wary of factual errors because, as James Young indicated, they are also evidence, since those ‘facts’ were how people perceived things at the time. Historians are cautious when using testimonies due to their not fully explicit nature. Stone supports his claims using references such as recent books by Binjamin Wilkomirski, Theo Richmond, and other notables. The essay concludes by indicating that any writing about a trauma cannot be written as trauma without a key element of trauma being overlooked. It also includes an afterword which, having been written in 1997, was composed before Binjamin Wilkomirski's book Fragments was uncovered as a fake.

Keywords:   historians, testimonies, Binjamin Wilkomirski, Theo Richmond, fake

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