Shadows of War: A Social History of Silence in the Twentieth by Efrat Ben-Ze'ev, Ruth Ginio, Jay Winter

By Efrat Ben-Ze'ev, Ruth Ginio, Jay Winter

Silence lies among forgetting and remembering. This e-book explores how diversified societies have developed silences to let women and men to outlive and make feel of the catastrophic results of armed clash. utilizing quite a number disciplinary techniques, it examines the silences that experience violence in twentieth-century Europe, the center East, and Africa. those essays convey that silence is a robust language of remembrance and commemoration and a cultural perform with its personal principles. This broad-ranging booklet discloses the universality of silence within the methods we predict approximately warfare via examples starting from the Spanish Civil struggle and the Israeli-Palestinian clash to the Armenian Genocide and South Africa's fact and Reconciliation fee. Bringing jointly scholarship on different practices in numerous cultures, this ebook breaks new flooring within the large literature on reminiscence, and opens up new avenues of mirrored image and examine at the lingering aftermath of conflict.

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Transitional silences Some silences arise from a new state of belief or affiliation. Women’s maiden names vanish in some cultures when they marry and choose to use their husband’s family name. In the Sora tribe in India, the period embracing their conversion to Baptist Christianity, and their leaving behind shamanistic practices, is marked by what Vitebsky describes as ‘moments of inarticulacy’. What has been silenced are their conversations with their ancestors, mediated by shamans and anathema to Christian practice.

41 One essay in this book shows the way morally ambiguous chapters in the history of Israel become tied up in silences. Ariel Sharon was deemed by an Israeli judicial commission to be indirectly responsible for war crimes committed at Sabra and Shatilah refugee camps in 1982, during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Kaufman demonstrates that the focus on his culpability drew attention away from many other morally dubious episodes in that campaign, while ultimately not preventing his reemergence twenty years later as a man of peace and prime minister of his 38 39 40 41 Rousso, The Vichy syndrome, pp.

Indeed, the larger the number of participants in the conspiracy, the more prohibitive the silence. 24 By implicitly exemplifying the undiscussability of atrocities and abuse, such silent bystanders essentially enable their denial. Women who remain silent when their husbands molest their daughters thus help perpetuate the abuse (as do many “supervising” bishops in cases of pedophile priests) by the very fact that they refrain from explicitly acknowledging that it is happening. So, for that matter, do friends and co-workers who look the other way and pretend not to notice obvious signs of one’s alcohol addiction.

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