Rosanne Kennedy

Moving Testimony: Human Rights, Palestinian Memory, and the Transnational Public Sphere

Testimony, a transnational cultural form, is today crucial to the process of documenting violations, constructing memories, and soliciting witnessing publics in human rights campaigns.32 The Holocaust has “shaped the discourse on collective, social, and cultural memory, serving both as touchstone and paradigm,” and has introduced the idiom of witness testimony (Hirsch and Spitzer 2010, 390). The Eichmann trial, in particular, has been identified as a landmark event for “legitimating testimony as a form of ‘truth telling’ about the past” (Wieviorka 2006, 88), and consequently, for producing a collective memory of the Holocaust (Felman 2002). ...

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