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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 Vulnerable Children, Disposable Mothers : Holocaust and Stolen Generations Memoirs of Childhood
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'In recent years, historians have pioneered comparative research on the Holocaust and colonisation in Australia. This article seeks to demonstrate that a comparative reading of Stolen Generations and Holocaust memoirs can generate unique and challenging insights into the affective, material and psychological legacies of the assimilation of children across racial and ethnic divides. By placing Sarah Kofman's memoir, Rue Ordener, Rue Labat, into dialogue with versions of the Rabbit Proof Fence narrative, the article considers how the gendered trope of suffering mothers and vulnerable children has been used to mediate the trauma of childhood assimilation, and reveals aspects of this legacy that remain unspeakable in Australia.' (Author's abstract, 161)


  • The essay also discusses French feminist philosopher Sarah Kofman's Holocaust memoir Rue Ordener, Rue Labat (1994).

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    y separately published work icon Life Writing vol. 5 no. 2 2008 Z1564224 2008 periodical issue 2008 pg. 161-184
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