Whose Memory is it Anyway? An Exploration of Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust
thesisposted on 2021-05-22, 15:14 authored by Jessica Pollock
During the Holocaust, Hitler and his Nazi Party were responsible for the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews, as well as the callous slaughter of additional minority groups such as Roma, Sinti, homosexuals, the physically handicapped, mentally ill and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Nevertheless, in Western consciousness, the Holocaust has essentially become synonymous with Jewish history and destruction. As a result, the non-Jewish victim experience has been effectively diminished in popular culture. This MRP draws on literature in cultural memory studies and survivor testimonies available on YouTube to analyze the power struggle between non-Jewish minority groups that were persecuted in the Holocaust and their Jewish counterparts to understand why the former appears excluded from mainstream Holocaust narratives. The goal: to emphasize that the Holocaust was not merely a Jewish tragedy, but a profound calamity for humankind.
- Master of Professional Communication
- Professional Communication
Granting InstitutionRyerson University
LAC Thesis Type
World War, 1939-1945 -- AtrocitiesMinorities -- Europe -- History -- 20th centuryPersecution -- Europe -- History -- 20th centuryGenocide -- Europe -- History -- 20th centuryJehovah's Witnesses -- Nazi persecutionGays -- Nazi persecutionRomanies -- Nazi persecutionPeople with disabilities -- Nazi persecutionMentally ill -- Nazi persecution