Res Publica 8 (2):111-122 (2002)

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The paper considers whether it matters that Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments is not, as he presented it, a genuine survivor account, but rather a fabrication or fiction. It matters in one way and it doesn't in another. It matters because the truth is important: both in general and with regard specifically to the Holocaust. However, that Fragments is a fiction also doesn't matter, for it can be read independently of its author's identity; can be read as being, indeed, fiction. Read thus, the book retains much of its power and quality as a narrative of what the memories of a child survivor might be.
Keywords fiction  Holocaust  memory  representation  survivor  testimony  truth  Wilkomirski  witness
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DOI 10.1023/A:1016067300911
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