Friday, 22 July 2011

Gianfranco Moscati Collection

This is housed at the Imperial War Museum, London. Fortunately for me, most of the documents are displayed online and they are all described.
I am finding this a most useful and a most interesting collection. It contains some of the documents that one of the main characters and her friends and family would be familiar with at the time the story took place. We have a few of my mother-in-law’s papers and they tell their own story. They look very similar to the ones in the collection.
Naturally, it’s not quite the same looking at the collection on line as it is actually seeing the papers for real. The actual papers speak to the other senses as well. I guess to handle the papers in the collection, one would need white gloves. We never use white gloves at home. Maybe we should.
On a more general note, I’m observing how revisiting my fictional text has raised dozens more research questions.
Bottom line, I guess, though still is: How did teenage German girls understand the Holocaust?

Gianfranco Moscati Collection

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