Antagonistic, Cosmopolitan and Agonistic Memory Modes in Postmemorial Third-Generation Holocaust Narratives of Lithuanian Diaspora Writers




Holocaust in Lithuania, postmemory, conflict memory, third-generation narratives, perpetratorship memory


This article examines the challenges of coming to terms with Holocaust perpetratorship as depicted in postmemorial third-generation Holocaust literature by Lithuanian diaspora writers Rita Gabis, Julija Šukys, and Silvia Foti. It also outlines the mnemonic strategies used to reconcile contradictory historical narratives from the perspectives of both the victims and the perpetrators. The analysis demonstrates the authors’ approaches to portraying victims and perpetrators, their choices in framing conflicting historical accounts, and their exploration of individual actions within the context of collective national identities. The main variations observed in the structuring of conflict stem from differences in writing styles, levels of personal connection to familial history, and collective experiences of suffering. These variations are also intertwined with the deliberate silence surrounding the individual-historical narrative which the collective voluntarily retreated into.


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Author Biography

Greta Štikelytė, The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore

Is a PhD candidate in Philology at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Department of Contemporary Literature. She is currently writing a thesis entitled Structuring and Representation of Mnemonic Conflicts in Lithuanian and Lithuanian Diaspora’s (Post)Memory Literature, concentrating on intersections between familial memories and (trans)national history related to the Holocaust perpetratorship in Lithuania.


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How to Cite

Štikelytė, Greta. 2023. “Antagonistic, Cosmopolitan and Agonistic Memory Modes in Postmemorial Third-Generation Holocaust Narratives of Lithuanian Diaspora Writers”. Politeja 20 (3(84):163-72.