Colloquia Germanica Stetinensia (Jan 2016)

„Wünschelrute“ Deutsch: Über Sprachkritik und Sprachreflexion als Modi der Erinnerungshandlungen in Katja Petrowskajas „Vielleicht Esther“ (2014)

  • Anna Rutka

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 25


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“Maybe Esther”, the debut novel by the German-speaking Ukrainian-Jewish novelist Katja Petrowskaja, problematises the processes of memory and identity construction against the background of multi- and translingualism. The present article analyses the role played by the German language for the Ukrainian-Jewish-Russian survivors of the Holocaust and for their offspring. Likewise, it discusses the ramifications of writing in a foreign – in this case, German – language, and the resulting modifications of the processes of remembering.