Scrap of Time, Ida Fink - Ida Fink weaves scraps of time...

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Ida Fink weaves scraps of time, fragments of life and remnants of memory together to form a resonating and heart wrenching collection of Holocaust narratives. A Scrap of Time consists of twenty-two glimpses into individual lives. Narrators of these scraps of time ranging from perpetrators to victims to survivors, all testaments to the profound effect of institutionalized hate on the individual psyche. In disregard to centuries of refinement, Fink presents the idea of time as a personal construct. Instead of being dictated by the ticking of a clock, it is molded from formative events in one’s own life. During the war these events were often centered around tragedy, in Fink’s words “this time was not measured in months but in words- we no longer said ‘in the beautiful month of May’ but ‘after the first action, or the second, or right before the third’ (1). This time is formed by fear and survival, crossing personal boundaries to become a cultural, community and generational phenomena. Fink captures these scraps of individually defining moments to create a haunting emotional narrative, breaking through the typical retrospective survey which forms historical knowledge. The first story constitutes of a breaking of innocence as the first ‘action’ happens and the Jewish community comes to realize they are under threat of death, realizing the true meaning of the ‘actions’ was to round up the Jews not for labor but for immediate slaughter. The narrator recounts “our transformation was not complete; we were still living out of habit in that old time that was measured in months and years” (4). The narratives continue in a nonlinear fashion all
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