The price of resistance: rupture and parental absence in childhood memories of Second World War France

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Abstract

This chapter explores parental absence and presence in children’s wartime memories. It uses the remembered experiences of four French people who lost parents as a result of their resistance activity, drawing attention to some affective costs of resistance work. By looking directly at time and feeling inside these memory stories, I employ different ‘modes of knowing, relating, and attending to things’ to reveal the under-explored affective dimensions of the past in the present. The examples are telling cases which do not claim typicality or representativity, but serve as suggestions for seeking meaning in memory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnfants “sans familles” dans les conflits du XXème siècle
EditorsLaura Hobson Faure, Manon Pignot, Antoine Rivière
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Oct 2021

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