The Memoirs of Ceija Stojka, Child Survivor of the Romani Holocaust
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300 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

32 color illus., 10 b/w illus.

Series: Women and Gender in German Studies

Series Vol. Number: 8

Imprint: Camden House

The Memoirs of Ceija Stojka, Child Survivor of the Romani Holocaust

by Ceija Stojka

Edited and translated by Lorely E. French

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First English translation of the memoirs of Austrian Romani Holocaust survivor, writer, visual artist, musician, and activist Ceija Stojka (1933-2013), along with poems, an interview, historical photos, and reproductions of her artworks.

"Is this the whole world?" This question begins the first of three memoirs by Austrian Romani writer, visual artist, musician, and activist Ceija Stojka (1933-2013), told from her perspective as a child interned in three Nazi concentration camps from age nine to twelve. Written by a child survivor much later in life, the memoirs offer insights into the nexus of narrative and extreme trauma, expressing the full spectrum of human emotions: fear and sorrow at losing loved ones; joy and relief when reconnecting with family and friends; desire to preserve some memories while attempting to erase others; horror at acts of genocide, and hope arising from dreams of survival.
In addition to annotated translations of the three memoirs, the book includes two of Stojka's poems and an interview by Karin Berger, editor of the original editions of Stojka's memoirs, as well as color reproductions of several of her artworks and historical photographs. An introduction contextualizes her works within Romani history and culture, and a glossary informs the reader about the "concentrationary universe." Because the memoirs show how Stojka navigated male-dominated postwar Austrian culture, generally discriminatory to Roma, and the patriarchal aspects of Romani culture itself, the book is a contribution not only to Holocaust Studies but also to Austrian Studies, Romani Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Writings by Ceija Stojka
1: "Auschwitz Is My Overcoat": Poem
2: We Live in Secrecy: Memories of a Romni-Gypsy: Memoir (1988)
3: "Slobodoj Mange"/"I Have the Freedom": Poem
4: Travelers in This World: From the Life of a Romni-Gypsy: Memoir (1992)
5: Am I Dreaming I'm Alive? Liberated from Bergen-Belsen: Memoir (2003)
"You mustn't be anyone else": Interview with Ceija Stojka
6: "Ceija Stojka in Conversation with Karin Berger (1987)
Glossary
Appendix: Notes on Names and Family Members
Bibliography
Index

CEIJA STOJKA (1933 to 2013) was an Austrian Romani writer, painter, musician, and activist.

LORELY E. FRENCH is Professor of German at Pacific University, Oregon.

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Title Details

300 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

32 color illus., 10 b/w illus.

Series: Women and Gender in German Studies

Series Vol. Number: 8

Imprint: Camden House