1History and memory based on survivor testimony and academic resource at Jewish HolocaustCentre
2The common narrative of the impact of history lies with how easy people can recall the incident.Most of the memorial sites would always furnish the indexical link to the past traumatic eventssaid to have precisely taken place within given period of time. Such memorials give a truedefinition of the trauma sites. One such experience resides with my visit to the Jewish HolocaustMuseum founded in Elstenrwick, Melbourne in the year 1984 by the Holocaust survivors inAustralia. The prime mission of the centre was to commemorate the 6 million Jews who weremurdered by the Nazis as from the year 1933 to the year 1945. Over 21000 students would visitthe museum on annual basis and take part in the most powerful education program. My visit tothis centre gave me an opportunity of interacting with original materials that includedphotographs, documents, craftwork, textiles as well as precious objects. The most important sideof my experience entailed hearing the survivor testimony and reading the books authored by thelocal survivors. Based on this, the discussion fosters the demonstration of the clear relationshipbetween history and the memory based on the survivor testimony as well as the academicsources. This equally means looking at the implications of the site in representing collective andindividual memory, how the site represents trauma and the relationship between history andtrauma. One of the dimensional look at the JHC Library and survivor testimony revolves around thecollective and individual memory, and how the two look different or similar. The lens ofindividual memory fosters the personal interpretation of an event. In most cases, the entire term“individual” essentially imply the personal outlook which contributes to the memory formation.On the other hand, collective memories are largely constructed socially on the basis of thecommon sentiments, present circumstances and vales. Both the individual and collectivememory shaped by JHC depends on the personal accounts, survivor testimony and evenacademic sources1. However, JHC gives narrowed lanes of individual memories, which wouldlargely focus on personal experiences rather than thematic or wide encounters that touched onthe life of every survivor. A relook at the daily life in Lodz Ghetto leads to realization of theHolocaust survivors such as Tola Walach Melzer and Shimon Srebrnik. Srebrnik narrates 1Greenspan, Henry, Sara R. Horowitz, Éva Kovács, Berel Lang, Dori Laub, Kenneth Waltzer, and Annette Wieviorka. "Engagingsurvivors: Assessing ‘testimony’and ‘trauma’as foundational concepts." Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust28, no. 3 (2014): 190-226.
3“We got a loaf of bread for eight days….but people finished it in two days and then what?....Iwalked around with a stick with a nail stuck on the end. A truck with potatoes passed outside theGhetto, I ran after the truck and caught the potatoes with my stick. We were thieves… we had to