Heterolingualism and the Holocaust: Translating the Ineffable in Hélène Berr’s Journal
AbstractBy drawing attention to Hélène Berr’s use of foreign languages and literature as acts of translation, arguably one of the most prominent features of her Journal, this paper hopes to lay the foundation for a more sustained discussion of what translation means for victims of Nazi persecution, as well as of what translation does to their voices and for the continued transmission of their memories. The first section of this paper considers how Hélène Berr uses translation as a communicative aid to expression and argues that foreign languages, literary forms of expression, and also literature itself form part of a broader network of substitute vocabularies that function to help Berr to narrate, or even to translate, the ineffable. After considering the important role that heterolingualism and these substitute vocabularies play in Berr’s narrative, the paper raises some of the distinct challenges that linguistic plurality poses to translators of narratives of Nazi persecution. By drawing on, and comparing, examples from a textual analysis of the (2008) English version of Berr’s Journal, translated by David Bellos, and from the (2009) German edition, translated by Elisabeth Edl, and crucially through assessments of citations from the translators themselves, this paper highlights the significant role that translators, and the practice of translation, play in shaping memories of Nazi persecution. View Full-Text
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Munyard, S.F. Heterolingualism and the Holocaust: Translating the Ineffable in Hélène Berr’s Journal. Humanities 2018, 7, 74.
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Munyard, Stephanie F. 2018. "Heterolingualism and the Holocaust: Translating the Ineffable in Hélène Berr’s Journal." Humanities 7, no. 3: 74.
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