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Faithful RenderingsJewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation$
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Naomi Seidman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226745053

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226745077.001.0001

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The Holocaust in Every Tongue

The Holocaust in Every Tongue

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(p.199) Chapter Five The Holocaust in Every Tongue
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Faithful Renderings
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226745077.003.0006

This chapter studies the significance of translation in Holocaust discourse, arguing for the connection between survival and translation in both Jewish experiences during the war and the transmission of these experiences “in every tongue.” The “Holocaust,” as a discourse, emerges through this translation, as a result of a careful negotiation between Jewish writers and their larger audience. Close readings of the production and reception of such central texts as The Diary of Anne Frank and Night demonstrate the paradoxes and limits of Jewish–Christian post-Holocaust conversation—the divide between Jews and Christians has narrowed, but partly because a certain discretion is exercised.

Keywords:   translation, Holocaust discourse, survival, Jewish experience, Jews, Christians

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