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By Laura Levitt

Many folks belong to groups which have been scarred by way of poor calamities. and lots of folks come from households that experience suffered grievous losses. How we contemplate those legacies of loss and the methods they tell one another are the questions Laura Levitt takes up during this provocative and passionate book.

An American Jew whose relations was once ultimately suffering from the Holocaust, Levitt grapples with the demanding situations of contending with usual Jewish loss. She means that even if the reminiscence of the Holocaust could appear to overshadow all different kinds of loss for American Jews, it might additionally open up percentages for attractive those extra own and daily legacies.

Weaving in discussions of her circle of relatives tales and writing in a fashion that's either deeply own and erudite, Levitt indicates what occurs whilst private and non-private losses are obvious subsequent to one another, and what occurs whilst tough artworks or commemoration, similar to museum shows or motion pictures, are visible along traditional family members tales approximately extra intimate losses. In so doing she illuminates how via those ''ordinary stories'' we may perhaps create another version for confronting Holocaust reminiscence in Jewish culture.

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In all of these Introduction | 7 instances I take seriously the ways narratives of loss are always partial and incomplete and then ask what we can learn from reckoning with this most basic truth. This takes time. Readers will come upon long, complex engagements with difficult or allusive works, multilayered readings. I do these readings because, as I have experienced it, these complicated texts can make visible heretofore invisible dimensions of how we deal with loss. They can help us to see more familiar processes in new and often unexpected and illuminating ways.

To claim my father’s story as Jewish, I am ever mindful of the interplay between traumatic losses in everyday Jewish life and the extraordinary losses of the Holocaust and how, in trying to tell any of these stories, we risk losing our loved ones all over again. Resnais explicitly juxtaposes very different experiences of loss in Hiroshima Mon Amour, and he makes no attempt to depict these experiences as somehow equivalent. Instead, he shows how being in the presence of the trauma of others can trigger memories of our own.

Resnais explicitly juxtaposes very different experiences of loss in Hiroshima Mon Amour, and he makes no attempt to depict these experiences as somehow equivalent. Instead, he shows how being in the presence of the trauma of others can trigger memories of our own. The French woman’s being in Hiroshima triggers her own memory; her proximity to the pain of others enables her to gain some awareness of her own trauma. In this way, the film shows how memory works in relation to trauma and loss. It shows how there is a movement between very different experiences of loss; the encounter with one triggers the recognition of others.

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