The Memory Thief (US 2007, dir. Gil Kofman) explores the effects of post memory (Marianne Hirsch) on second-generation Holocaust survivors. How is this memory of the Holocaust passed on and what kind of different responses to this memory are shown in the film?
The purpose of this essay is to understand Marianne Hirsch’s concept of Post memory in relation to Holocaust tragedy. Furthermore, the essay is going to analyse the meaning and effects of post memory on the second-generation. This will be examined with the help of the given case study ‘’the memory thief’’. The film The Memory Thief by Gil Kofman shows different aspects of how Postmemory impacts individuals.
Marianne Hirsch, a second-generation survivor of the holocaust reconnects to memory of the holocaust when she involuntarily watches a film about the holocaust. Hirsch talks about her reaction when she had to see the Film. She never wanted to see any film referring to the holocaust trauma because of the deeply emotional effects and the wounds she still carried within herself. However, when she saw the film, Hirsch was eager to explore how the second generation connects or copes with the trauma. Hirsch, gives the first meaning of the term in 1992, in her article ‘’Family Pictures: Mause, Mourning and Post- Memory’’. In several of her writings, she elaborates on the term mainly in relation with the holocaust experience.
Postmemory is a past memory that is remembered by the second-generation holocaust survivors