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Memory Routes and Destinations

With the words and voices of survivors as a guide, I have attempted to explore what is a tellable truth when cattle car memory remains embodied and intimate, a captivity that is known only to the witnesses who were there. Deportees journeyed with the living and the dead, were witnesses to and victims of suicide, became violated and violators in cramped conditions, and were bathed in the sensory reminder of their pestilential degradation and deprivations. It is for these reasons that deportation train journeys were, for many survivors, more painfully inscribed as an intrusive and inexplicable memory than other experiences of suffering. More than trains to death, they were trains of death, a stand in for the unknown gas chamber experience.

Memory Routes and DestinationsWith the words and voices of survivors as a guide, I have attempted to explore what is a tellable truth when cattle car memory remains embodied and intimate, a captivity that is known only to the witnesses who were t
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