Saturday, April 26, 2014

Reading Marion Bloem: What I Have Learned

Vaders van betekenis has the underlying theme that the camps remain a great wound.  People deal with it in a number of ways, but the injury remains. Many never talked about it, and others talked of little else.  Still, it has never been completely sorted out.  Many felt shame and guilt for how they acted in situations that were not their fault that others created. This happens even though what they did might not have been so bad.  After all, there is no correct way to act when a foreign power invades and throws everyone in jail.

"I know what I'm going to tell but not which words."

Marion Bloem is part of the younger generations.  She is a storyteller trying to make sense of a past that those who lived through it would understandably like to forget. She also has a lot to say about the writing process.  Stories are pulled from various sources and put together to make narratives.  Some stories tell what happened, while others tell how it felt.

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