chapter  4
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4Testimony as Life Experience and Legacy

ByDORI LAUB

When trying to think of testimony, I realized that it has always been present with me as part of my life experience. I ƒnd its compelling presence in my childhood memories. I never just lived those memories; I always also observed them from the outside, in a way that I could see myself in them, thinking and understanding what was going on. This sense of enhanced presence, clarity, self-awareness, and even contemporaneity is true only for a select group of memories, mostly related to childhood traumatic experiences. Other memories do not possess this quality.