A Symphony of Unique Voices: The Literary Testimony of Jewish Women Writers in Post-World War II Yugoslavia

Dina Katan Ben-Zion

The first part of this article endeavors to give an idea about the scope and impact of dealing with Jews and Jewish issues in the literature of the former Yugoslavia, so as to provide a frame of reference for presenting in the second part the literary testimonies of several less-known Yugoslav Jewish women writers. In the second part, the writings of thirteen Jewish women writers will be presented. Their writings represent personal testimonies of literary heroines, while revealing some of the writers’ literary strategies to preserve past-time memories, which in many ways characterize the specific feminine experience of a Yugoslav Jewish woman in the postwar period.
Słowa kluczowe: Jewish women writers, female outlook in literature, cultural legacy, dual belonging, strategies of preserving the memory, individual testimony and collective memory

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