Linguistic diversity and political solidarity in Richard Glazar’s Treblinka memoir Die Falle mit dem grünen Zaun

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Abstract

This essay explores the German-language testimony by Richard Glazar, a survivor of the Jewish Sonderkommando of the Treblinka extermination camp. It reads Glazar’s text in terms of the linguistic diversity of the Jewish prisoners, showing how they developed hybrid forms of communication (‘Lagerszpracha’) in order to overcome mutual suspicion and prejudice and to plan the prisoner revolt of August 1943. Through these traces of the prisoners’ linguistic inventiveness in his text, Glazar shows how they negotiated questions of identity, agency and resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-810
JournalModern Language Review
Volume113
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Holocaust
  • German literature
  • testimony
  • Treblinka

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