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.
|Title of host publication||Enfants “sans familles” dans les conflits du XXème siècle|
|Editors||Laura Hobson Faure, Manon Pignot, Antoine Rivière|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 7 Oct 2021|