AUSCHWITZ FOUNDATION - REMEMBRANCE OF AUSCHWITZ
TRAIN OF 1000 - MAY 2015
We’re happy to announce no. 123 of our journal Testimony Between History and Memory . The dossier is centred at Translating Memory
Presentation of the dossier: What is the relationship between testimony, defined as a more or less ritualized firstperson account of political violence, and translation? Correspondingly, how does the translator position herself towards the witness? Can the translator be, or become, a witness? How, when and why are testimonies translated? Which linguistic and discursive strategies do translators resort to when faced with ethically challenging texts? Which role do they play exactly in the transmission of the historical knowledge, cultural values or social critique conveyed by the testimony? Does translation weaken or rather reinforce the relevance and impact of the original statement? How important is translation in literary, political and institutional settings? Do these specific settings determine translation practice in significant ways? To which extent can subsequent processes of transcription, editing, translation and archiving affect the source text? And how accurate are the boundaries we draw to distinguish witnessing from translating, documentary from literary testimony, the original from its translation? These are the main questions we intend to explore in our dossier.
- Domicile of the Auschwitz Foundation
The Auschwitz Foundation was founded in 1980 by the Belgian Association of former political prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Silesian Camps and Prisons, its main aim being to study the history and remembrance of Holocaust and Nazi terror, awareness of them, the transmission of their memory and the preservation of archives concerning them. To achieve its goals, the Foundation set up a non-profit-making Study and Documentation Center, Remembrance of Auschwitz. The two institutions work together to promote scientific research and multidisciplinary publications with a view to broadening understanding of the historical processes which led to the coming to power of the Third Reich and to Holocaust and Nazi terror, while also developing teaching projects intended for the various education sectors in particular, and for society in general.
On April 1, 2010 the Foundation became a Resource Center under the terms of the "Memory" Decree.
Both Institutions possess important archival materials, a well-stocked library, and a vast range of audiovisual documentation which is available to the public, particularly to researchers, teachers, students and the young in general.
They carry out their work and projects in a framework which is resolutely multidisciplinary, encompassing all mass crimes and crimes committed in the past or in contemporary history.
Our activities are supported by:
- the National Lottery, the Flemish Community of Belgium, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation,
- the French Community Commission, the SPF/FOD [Department of War Victims], The City of Brussels, local authorities, the National Bank of Belgium and our friends and members.