Re: INQ: Studying Atrocity, Trauma, and Genocide: Scholars, and archival trauma

kevin mccarthy's picture

I have just happened on Mark Mengerink's interesting query on the possible traumatic effect when one immersesmerses oneself in Holocaust research. From my own personal experience in the private and public papers of Robert Briscoe, a member of the  Irish-Jewish community who was involved in the Irish War of Independence alongside Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera before becoming involved the 1930s German-Jewish emigration effort. He then joined with Jabotinsky and the revisionists in their desperate attempt to break the British blockade of the Mandate. These archives are replete with narratives of desperation and heartbreak, and most certainly have had a profound affect on me as a scholar, and more importantly as a human being.