chapter  6
“We know very little in America”: David Boder and un-belated testimony
ByAlan Rosen
Pages 13

Silence in relation to the Holocaust has many faces. “If my family is famous,” declares the primordial victim in a poem of Dan Pagis, “not a little of the credit goes to me. My brother invented murder/my parents invented grief, I” – apparently the hapless victim – “invented silence.”1 Another prominent survivor, Elie Wiesel, tells of his ten-year vow of silence following the war’s end.2 This kind of deliberated silence is not likely that which constitutes the questionable historical assumption under review in this volume. But the integrity of this form of silence may bear nevertheless on the myth of silence that we are investigating, and I’ll plan to return to it at the end of my essay.