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Motvilliga vittnen: Svenska vittnesberättelser från utrensningarna i Sovjetkarelen
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7789-9777
2022 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, ISSN 1104-0556, E-ISSN 2001-094X, Vol. 51, no 3-4, p. 172-186Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several hundred Swedes emigrated to Soviet Karelia in the beginning of the 1930s. Many of them remained there when the Great Terror began, and they became targets of repression. As of now, there is no coherent public narrative in Sweden that acknowledge the Swedish survivors; most survivors never talked publicly about their experiences, let alone wrote about them, and the few who did, did so reluctantly. This article discusses four memoirs written by Swedish survivors of the Soviet repression and the silence that still surrounds these memoirs. The narratives themselves, as well as the reception of the narratives, bear witness to the difficulty of narrating experiences that have not yet been publicly acknowledged. Based on the Swedish witness accounts, this article aims to examine 1) the difficulty of testifying in the absence of a public narrative, and 2) the ability of witness literature to challenge and change established historical narratives.

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Föreningen för utgivande av Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap , 2022. Vol. 51, no 3-4, p. 172-186
Keywords [sv]
vittneslitteratur, Sovjetunionen, Gulag, Varlam Sjalamov, tystnad, tystnadskultur, avtystande, Solsjenitsyn
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General Literature Studies
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50069DOI: 10.54797/tfl.v51i3-4.1669OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-50069DiVA, id: diva2:1703760
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Tell the West: Witness Literature from the Gulag Archipelago 1925-2012, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 84/2018Available from: 2022-10-14 Created: 2022-10-14 Last updated: 2024-05-17Bibliographically approved

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