Collaborative Witnessing of Survival During the Holocaust: An Exemplar of Relational Autoethnography

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collaborative witnessing, collaborative autoethnography, autoethnography, relational autoethnography, Holocaust, oral history, testimony, listening

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In this article, a researcher and collaborator present stories about the second author’s survival during the Holocaust. They propose that their approach of collaborative witnessing is a form of “relational autoethnography” that allows researchers to focus on and evocatively tell the lives of others in shared storytelling and conversation. The authors address the benefits and complications of collaborative witnessing and how it extends an autoethnographic perspective in its emphasis on writing for and with the other, listening and working together with care and compassion, and bearing witness to others as well as to oneself.

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Qualitative Inquiry, v. 19, issue 5, p. 366-380