From the Lone Survivor to the Networked Self. Social Networks Meet the Digital Holocaust Archive

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Although concentration camps constituted a densely populated social world, historians still largely approach them as being composed of isolated individuals. This interpretative premise is sustained by the inherent linear organization of most audiovisual archives and the prominence of the individual survivor testimony as their organizing unit. However, taking the social relation rather than the individual and his/her testimony as the organizing principle of a rethought digital Holocaust archive leads to a more historically faithful understanding of the Holocaust survivor as a networked self. A pilot digital reconstruction of social networks of Jewish Holocaust survivors from the Greek city of Salonica/Thessaloniki demonstrates how the linear digital audiovisual archive can support the digital documentation of the multiple forms and structures of relatedness, thus helping historians better understand how Holocaust survivors managed to reconstruct a social universe in the camps and navigate within it under extremely adverse circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-84
Number of pages33
JournalQuest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


  • Holocaust
  • Digital Humanities
  • Social networks
  • Testimony

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