Schlosser, Andrea: "Specters of the Past. Transgenerational Memory in Miriam Katin’s Graphic Memoirs We Are On Our Own and Letting It Go." In: Genealogy 4.2 (2020), S. 1–18 (<https://www.mdpi.com/2313-5778/4/2/53>).
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Keywords: "Letting it Go", "We Are on Our Own", Autobiography, Holocaust, Katin. Miriam, Memoria
This paper thematizes the topic of the eyewitness report based on Miriam Katin’s transgenerational point of view on the Holocaust, which has a cathartic impact on the author through self-reflexivity. In We Are On Our Own, Miriam Katin draws on her own cultural and transgenerational memory, which is heavily influenced by her mother. The author unveils her parents’ story and elaborates on how she, as the child of Holocaust survivors, has dealt with the atrocities of the Holocaust throughout her life. In her second memoir, Letting It Go, Katin expands this point of view and not only addresses the Holocaust from the view of the second generation, but adds another layer to dealing with the Nazi past, namely the point of view of the third generation. Accordingly, it is through Katin’s son, Ilan, that Miriam learns not to encounter Berlin stereotypically and embittered anymore. Modern day Berlin welcomes Katin and her family with open arms and is not comparable with the former capital of National Socialism anymore. Therefore, both graphic memoirs can be regarded as a process of coming to terms with the trauma of the Holocaust through the technique of self-reflexivity.
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