English Literature: Contemporary British Fiction - The rise in memory-fiction matches a rise in the suspicion of 'official histories'

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Holocaust as a par excellence injuring event got the present importance only at the end of 1970th years. After during a quarter of century this topic was not preferred, at the end of 1960 in Germany this theme became popular first of all in connection with such events as Euqman process in Jerusalem.


This is quite natural and understandable as histories are written by people, who are inevitably influenced by their background, political or cultural preferences. But witnessing such changes with so different approaches and learning the events we just can't but seek witnesses' memories to be able to make conclusions ourselves. And this couldn't but arose interest in memory-fiction, especially when it's written by such brilliant authors as Lisa Appignanesi with her "Losing the Dead" and G W Sebald with "The Emigrants".
Reading these two authors we began to think about what actually we know about Holocaust. Most of us know only the brief facts learned from the textbooks in school or university. We know that concentration camps began to be created in 1941 on the territory of Poland where it was supposed to find all Jews who had survived in Europe conquered by Germans and to kill them. By that time it had already been killed about one million of Jews. However the tactics of mass executions, famine and forced labor used before was recognized insufficiently effective. Besides, Nazis hastened to finish genocide while they have success at the front. It was urgently created (or converted) six camps of destruction: Auschwitz, Belzec, Lublin-Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka. ...
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