Collective memory


I - The legacy of Rudolf Vrba

Cornell Press
Escaping Auschwitz

Psychoanalysis and Social Theory

Escaping Auschwitz-

A Culture of Forgetting

Ruth Linn

  "In her new book, Ruth Linn describes a fascinating story of an escape from Auschwitz and the inability, or unwillingness , of the outside world to absorb an eyewitness account of the Holocaust.  Escaping Auschwitz  is an important contribution to the study of politics and memory".
  Jan Gross, author of Neighbors
  "Escaping Auschwitz is a first rate treatment of critically important event that might be called an emerging black hole: Vrba's escape from Auschwitz and the aftermath within the  context of Holocaust history.  The book is exceptionally important in its discussion of how  a country can engage in critical thinking about a morally problematic past and its analysis of the political forces that try to control the past.
  Stephen Feinstein, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of  Minnesota

The exceptionally heroic story ought to be incorporated into the school curriculum.

Yehuda Bauer, (Makor Rishon,  May 15, 2006).

 הספור צריך להכתב בספרי הלימוד לבתי הספר. מדובר במעשה גבורה בלתי רגיל.
 יהודה באואר (מקור ראשון, 15 למאי, 2006).




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Linn, R. (2006, September). Against all hope - Escaping Auschwitz, escaping memory (PDF File) . The 2nd Global Conference on Hope: Probing the Boundaries. Mansfield College, Oxford.

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Linn, R. Between the 'Known' and the 'Could be known': The Vrba/Wetzler escape from Auschwitz and Israeli Historiography. Association of Genocide Scholars conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, June 9-12, 2001.

Linn, R. Voice, silence and memory after Auschwitz. Representing the Shoah in the 21 Century Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2001

Linn, R., Ben Ami, Y. Shalev, M. The escape from Auschwitz: video clip - part 1, video clip - part 2 – the Academic Channel. 11, April, 2005.

Linn, R. Escaping Auschwitz. New York Holocaust Museum, N.Y, U.S.A, October, 2004.

Linn, R. Escaping Auschwitz. Vancouver Holocaust Center, Vancouver, BC. Canada, October 14, 2004.

Linn, R. Escaping Auschwitz. The Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars IAGS, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, June 4-7, 2005

Linn, R. Escaping Auschwitz. Israel's Nuclear Facility. Dimona, Israel Jan, 26, 2006.

Linn, R. Escaping Auschwitz. The Weitzman Institute, March, 2006.

Linn, R. Escaping Auschwitz and the politics of memory. International Society of Political Psychology, Toronto, Canada, July, 2006.

Linn, R. Against all hope - Escaping Auschwitz, escaping memory. The 2nd Global Conference on Hope: Probing the Boundaries. Mansfield College, Oxford. England,  Sept. 6, 2006.

Linn, R. Rudi Vrba: Hero of the Shoah – Vancouver Holocaust Education Center. Vancouver, BC Canada, April 26, 2007.

Linn, Ruth. Escaping Auschwitz. Annual Conference on Israel as an immigrant society: between the melting pot and multiculturalism. The Open University of Israel. June 11-13, 2007.

Linn, R. Genocide and the Psychology of Memory: the case of Rudolf Vrba. First Annual Rudolf Vrba Memorial Lecture. University of British Columbia. . November, 30, 2008.

Linn, R. How collective is war's collective memory?. 30th Annual Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide: A Half-Century of Changing Narratives. Millersville University, U.S.A. April 14-16, 2010.

Linn, R. Ethical resistance among Israeli soldiers during the Lebanon war. NYU, Faculty of Law, New York, USA, April 13, 2010.

Linn, R. The meaning of the Auschwitz reports: Rudi Vrba and his escape from Auschwitz. International Conference on the Auschwitz Reports and the Holocaust in Hungary. The Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Graduate Center of the City University New York, April, 6-9, 2011.

Linn, R. The escape from Auschwitz: Have you heard about it?. Mila Brenner and Yaakov Meridor Foundation in the honor of the fallen Israeli soldiers. The University of Haifa, Israel, May, 15, 2011. (in Hebrew).

Linn, R. Escaping Auschwitz, Ofakim, University of Haifa Honor Program. The University of Haifa, Israel. February, 23, 2011. (in Hebrew).

Linn, R. La Salida de Auschwitz: de los judios tras la leberacion aliada. de enero 12Hs, DAIDA, Buenos Aires. Argentina March, 29, 2012.

Linn, R. The Escape from Auschwitz: Why weren't we told about it? Haemek Hospital, Afula, Israel. April, 19, 2012. (in Hebrew).

Linn, R. How “Collective” is a war’s collective memory? Politics of Experience: Theorizing the politics of past. The Fifth Doctoral Symposium on the Politics of the Past Finnland-institut in Deutschland, Berlin, October 11-12, 2012.

Linn, R. Lost in 1944 – Found in 1994: The missing text of the Auschwitz escapee. . Citizens and leaders in a comparative perspective: What can political psychology and political socialization research tell us about recent trend and events? Lomonosov, Moscow State University, October, 26-27, 2012.

Linn, R. Good Morning Budapest! Agranat's view on early warning: What has changed since the Kastner's trial? The Yom Kippur War: 40 years later – An International Conference, The University of Texas Austin, October, 21-22, 2013.

Linn, R. Psychological Trauma Faced by Israeli Soldiers. Israel Medical Association Meeting, The Vancouver Branch. Vancouver, Canada. July 27, 2014.

Linn, R. Genocide Heroes Never Die – They Are Just Ignored. International Association of Genocide Studies, The University of Winnipeg, Canada. July 17-19, 2014.

Linn, R. Managing our past, Managing our future, Managing our collective memory. Annual Symposium on Management and Social Science Seoul, South Korea. August, 29-31, 2014.

Linn, R. Escaping Auschwitz – Why do we know so little about an event - so big. Health Law and Ethics Center. The University of Haifa, Israel. April 14, 2014.

Linn, R. Dr. Marek Edelman and Dr. Rudolf Vrba in the Israeli historiography .The Holocaust and the contemporary World, Poland, Krakow. April 23–24, 2015.

Linn, R. The Tension between The "Experts Discourse" and the "Survivors Discourse" (Arendt, Vrba, Klinger). Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia. 4th International Interdisciplinary Memory Conference in Gdańsk, Poland. September, 17-18, 2015.

Linn, R. Good morning Budapest: Early warning and uninformed victims during war. UNESCO 13th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law. Nov. 27-29 Jerusalem, Israel, 2018.