The Silence

Author(s): Ruth Wajnryb

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Silence can be a powerful form of communication. It is often the form that communication takes in the wake of unspeakable trauma. Using interviews with children of Holocaust survivors, and her own experiences, the author explores communication in survivor families of the post-war generation.


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Shortlisted: 2002 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Gleebooks Prize for Literary and Cultural Criticism. Individual Special Mention : Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Award 2001Winner: 2002 NSW Premier's History Awards, General History Pri

Winner of NSW Premier's History Award: General History Prize 2002. Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Gleebooks Award for Cultural & Literary Criticism 2002.

Dr Ruth Wajnryb is an applied linguist, researcher and writer. She has nearly thirty years professional experience as a teacher and lecturer, her primary interests being in language and education. Her research interests explore the role of language in social life and the often fragile contexts in which language is compelled to achieve competing goals. In The Silence, she has blended her professional training and orientation with her personal interests, as the child of survivor parents, to investigate the communication patterns that characterise Holocaust spoken narrative between first and second generations.

1 A personal journey2 The story begins3 The silent aftermath of war4 The context of incommunicability5 Born knowing? The descendants' experience6 Holocaust narrative: a place between speech and silence7 The unspoken text8 Other voices9 An emotional landscapeNotesIndex

General Fields

  • : 9781865085128
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : June 2001
  • : 231mm X 152mm X 24mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ruth Wajnryb
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 616.8521
  • : 368
  • : index