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Liat Steir-Livny, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer. Holocaust Studies, Film Studies & Cultural Studies  

ARTICLEs

Aftereffects: The Representation of the Holocaust, its Universal Moral Implications and the Transgenerational Transformation of the Trauma, based on the Israeli documentary film Oy Mama

Liat Steir-Livny 2017

The case study of the paper is the documentary film Oy Mama (Noa Maiman; Orna Ben-Dor Niv, 2010). The paper analyses the complex combination it generates between generations, past and present, Jewish-Israelis and foreign workers. As opposed to psychological research, which questions the transgenerational transformation of the trauma, the paper will show how Noa claims that the Holocaust shaped the identity of the second and third generation in her family. The paper will also show how by using the stories of Magna and Firita, Noa preserves stories of a disenfranchised group, which is neglected in hegemonic discourse and turns Magna and Firita to partners in a subversive narrative that challenges the canonic commemoration of the Holocaust in Israel. The paper will show how through the combination of Fira's, Magma's and Firita's stories, Noa asks, not only to commemorate a familial Holocaust story, but also to enable the viewers to interpret the present through the past, hoping it will help the plea of the foreign worker.

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Keywords:

Israeli culture, Holocaust commemoration, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust representations, collective memory, Holocaust, Holocaust survivors, second generation Holocaust survivors, third generation Holocaust survivors, Israeli cinema, Israeli documentary, documentary

Reference:

Steir-Livny, Liat. "Aftereffects: The Representation of the Holocaust, its Universal Moral Implications and the Transgenerational Transformation of the Trauma, based on the Israeli documentary film Oy Mama". Kultura Popularna. 1 (51), 2017, pp. 118-135.

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