Das Zeugnis der Holocaustüberlebenden: Gewissheit, Skeptizismus, Relativismus

Martin Kusch 1
  • 1 Universität Wien, Institut für Philosophie, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010, Wien, Österreich
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To date philosophical reflections on the Holocaust and Holocaust survivor testimony have come almost exclusively from authors in the so-called “Continental tradition”. This paper is an attempt to contribute to the scholarship on Holocaust survivor testimony using some of the concepts and conceptions of “analytic philosophy”, more precisely, some of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s remarks in On Certainty. The paper uses these remarks to analyse the “linguistic despair” expressed by many Holocaust survivors when trying to put their horrendous experiences into words.

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