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Kaplan, S. (2002). Two boys — one event: How memories are recalled in interviews about massive trauma. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 25(2):108-116.

(2002). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 25(2):108-116

Two boys — one event: How memories are recalled in interviews about massive trauma

Suzanne Kaplan, Dr. Phil., Leg. psych.

The background of this paper is an investigation of child survivors from the Holocaust; in a study of interviews of these survivors, it could be concluded that past traumatic experiences are recovered not as memories (in the usual sense of the word), but as affects invading the present. Accordingly, affects seem to tell the story of the past traumatic experiences. In this paper, the author investigates two accounts (separately told by two survivors) of the same event in the Kielce ghetto. The two accounts present similarities, but also differences, and the author discusses these in relation to the concepts of historical and narrative truth, as well as in relation to construction and reconstruction, concluding that the interviews give a sketch of how the experiences have become idiosyncratically registered in the minds of the interviewees.

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