HOLOCAUST and CONFABULATION (false memory)
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:07 am
In psychology, confabulation is a memory error defined as the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world.
People who confabulate present incorrect memories ranging from "subtle alterations to bizarre fabrications", and are generally very confident about their recollections, despite contradictory evidence.
Confabulated memories of all types most often occur in autobiographical memory and are indicative of a complicated and intricate process that can be led astray at any point during encoding, storage, or recall of a memory.
HOLOCAUST CONFABULATION (‘survivor’ false memory)
The unreliability of eyewitness testimony of the holocaust story has been acknowledged by some Jewish holocaust survivors' themselves. Jewish 'survivor' Samuel Gringauz criticised what he called the “hyperhistorical” nature of most Jewish survivor testimony.
“most of the memoirs and reports are full of preposterous verbosity, graphomanic exaggeration, dramatic effects, overestimated self-inflation, dilettante philosophising, would-be lyricism, unchecked rumours, bias, partisan attacks and apologies.” Samuel Gringauz in Jewish Social Studies (New York), January 1950, Vol. 12, p. 65.
Shmuel Krakowski, archives director of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Center, confirmed in 1986 that more than half the testimonies of Jewish survivors on file there are unreliable. Krakowski said many survivors, wanting to be a part of history, may have let their imaginations run away from them. He stated that many of the testimonies on file at Yad Vashem were later proved to be inaccurate when locations and dates could not pass an expert historian’s appraisal. Krakowski commented on the Jewish survivor testimony:
“Many were never in the places where they claimed to have witnessed atrocities, while others relied on second-hand information given them by friends or passing strangers.”