Learn how and when to remove this template message "Traumatized Language", an idea coined by Brinkley and Arsenault, is the idea that language can no longer be the same, as it was, before the experience of trauma, in particular, that of the Holocaust. Even once such simple, romantic notions, like "tree", have taken on a sinister connotation. To a survivor, a tree may connote lynching, therefore the word has become traumatized. A Scrap of Time is filled with such traumatized language.

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The world she conjures up unveils the pitiless, harrowing world of the Holocaust as it unfolded in Nazi-occupied Poland—day by horrifying day. Born in Poland in , Fink is herself a survivor of both the ghetto and of years in hiding. Almost all her stories are autobiographical; they are based either on her own experiences or those of people she knew and talked to.

The town in the stories, for example, "is always the same town, the garden is our garden. One should not—and perhaps as we may speculate, cannot — make up stories about what happened during the Holocaust. In important ways, it is all unimaginable, inconceivable.

One ought to present the Holocaust "in a very authentic manner," she says. A Jewish doctor "on a warm and peaceful afternoon" in summer, negotiates secretly within the confines of his home office for forged documents that might possibly protect his family. The young narrator sits on the porch steps overlooking two gardens—really the single garden her family has long shared with their non-Jewish friends and neighbors. There is no fence, for they had long ago companionably agreed it "would be an intrusion.

The trees on their "Jewish" side are all bare; the family has already eaten the fruit, even when it was green. The neighbors are saying that "we were right to do so, because who knows what would happen to us by winter. She never takes us into the world of the camps: we remain outside on the tormented fringes.

Later we move into the post-Holocaust period when grief-stricken survivors are obsessively trying to locate their loved ones or at least find out what happened to them. Those who know the worst may nonetheless be driven obsessively to talk about them, even though there are those—like the young girl in "Splinter"—who literally fall asleep when her young boyfriend insists on repeating yet again an account of how his mother, arrested by the Nazis, managed to spirit him away to safety.

Essentially two themes—time and memory—run through this masterful collection; both are introduced in the title story "A Scrap of Time.


A Scrap of Time and Other Stories (Skrawek Czasu)

Jan 03, Jaksen rated it it was amazing Powerful book. A series of short stories based on actual events, that is, the event gave rise to the story, but the author, Ida Fink, never names names. She wanted to preserve the privacy of these individuals. However, when I first asked him Powerful book. Later he had a story about killing one of the royal swans in London to eat because he was tired of K-rations. He had no idea all the swans in England belong to the ruling king or queen. Or he was an MP and patrolled streets in some little European town or city.


A Scrap of Time and Other Stories

As a child, Zophia survived the war in solitude and silence, hiding in a barn and scavenging for food under cover of darkness at night. Her writing gives shape to the inner lives of victims and human faces to their experiences, while exposing the callousness of onlookers and the complicated motives even of rescuers. Ida Landau was born in in Zbarazh Poland; today a town in W. Theirs was a family of secular Jews, well integrated into Polish culture. Her father was a physician and her mother had a doctorate in natural sciences.

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