Listening to Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Europe

Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 40:2

Simone Gigliotti

NIS 38.00

The Voice as a Human Document: Listening to Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Europe: Alan Rosen, The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder

The Wonder of Their Voices examines the interview project of David Boder, a Russian-born psychologist based in the United States who traveled to Displaced Persons (DP) camps in Europe in the summer of 1946. There he conducted 130 audio interviews with DPs in nine languages, the first project to record the voices of survivors of the war. Boder later transcribed the interviews and translating the text into English, self-published a selection of them and an accompanying interpretive inventory, entitled Topical Autobiographies of Displaced People. The reviewer concludes that Alan Rosen’s book on Boder’s interview project is a significant contribution to the history of early postwar Holocaust testimony.