LINN, Ruth




Author Tags: Jewish, War

As Dean of the Faculty of Education at Haifa University in Israel, Ruth Linn published Escaping Auschwitz: A Culture of Forgetting (Cornell University, 2004) to examine why news of the extermination of Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, brought to the Jewish Council in 1944 by two escapees, was mostly repressed, and why Hebrew readers around the world, especially in Israel, have continued to be mostly ignorant of the Vrba-Wetzler Report. "Israeli Holocaust histriography," Linn writes, "was to follow the spirit of the court's policy at the Eichmann trial: silencing and removing challenging survivors from the gallery, and muting questions about the role of the Jewish Council in the deportations." Linn also examines how the mis-reporting of the Vrba’s escape by some Jewish historians has been used as ammunition by some Holocaust-deniers. Linn wrote the book after coming to teach at the University of British Columbia where she discovered one of the authors of the Vrba-Wetzler Report, Rudy Vrba, taught as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine. [See Vrba entry]. Her other books include Not Shooting and Not Crying: A Psychological Inquiry into Moral Disobedience (1989) and Mature Unwed Mothers: Narratives of Moral Resistance (2002). [See Vrba entry]

[BCBW 2004] "War" "Jewish"