This essay considers the role of the radio in the mediation of trauma during the 1961 Eichmann trial. It is argued that radio broadcasts from the courtroom occasioned a transformation in the status of Holocaust survivors in Israel, who had been previously seen as deeply traumatized, unable or unwilling to speak about their experiences. Taking to the airwaves facilitated a shift in the conditions by which survivors' testimonies could find public articulation. As such, the Eichmann trial provides a compelling case of the significance of media in transforming private traumas into a collective or cultural trauma.
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Research Article| May 01 2010
Severed Voices: Radio and the Mediation of Trauma in the Eichmann Trial
Public Culture (2010) 22 (2): 265–291.
Amit Pinchevski, Tamar Liebes; Severed Voices: Radio and the Mediation of Trauma in the Eichmann Trial. Public Culture 1 May 2010; 22 (2): 265–291. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2009-028
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