Scenic Memory of the Shoah

A Micro-analytical Study of Interpersonal Emotional Reactions in Video Interviews from Survivors
Part-study on the project "Scenic Memory of the Shoah", Sigmund Freud Institute, Frankfurt am Main. (Dr. Kurt Grünberg and Dr. Friedrich Markert)
Financed by: Doctoral Scholarship of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk foundation

Since 2013 / Project Heads: Dipl.-Psych. Jasmin Bleimling, Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mertens

Project Description

The projects takes the consolidated hermeneutic research tradition on the subject of  trauma transmission and Holocaust research as its starting point and connects this innovatively with quantitative methods of text and video analysis. In this way, this clinically and socio-psychologically important subject becomes accessible for the first time using a mixed methods approach. The Dr. Grünberg and Dr. Markert working group at the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt am Main are examining eyewitness and second-generation interviews from a hermeneutic perspective. They are being independently supplemented in the current dissertation project at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich by a quantitative development of the video-recorded interview material on a transcription and videography level with the help of lexical analyses based on the TCM Therapeutic Cycles Model (Erhard Mergenthaler, Ulm) and the MEA Motion Energy Analysis (Fabian Ramseyer, Bern).

These largely non-interpretative approaches serve to reveal discursive turning points and the describing of significant interactions, which can be considered as a correlate of the "scenic memory". Following the completion of the analyses, they will be compiled together with the hermeneutic findings. The work permits the identification and expert-supported interpretation of "moments of meeting" in eyewitness interviews as a significant result. It represents an important contribution to conversation research as well as to trauma transmission research.


Bleimling, J. (2018). Gegenübertragung und soziales Trauma. Eine Mikroanalyse des szenischen Erinnerns der Shoah in videografierten Zeitzeugengesprächen. Giessen: Psychosozial-Verlag (= Dissertation an der LMU München).

Bleimling, J. (2018). Momente der Begegnung werden zu Momenten der „Störung “–Eine Einzelfallstudie des szenischen Erinnerns der Shoah anhand eines videografierten Zeitzeugengesprächs. Paragrana, 27(1), 143-162.

Bleimling, J. (2017). Über Worte und Bewegungen. Eine empirische Analyse von moments of meeting in videographierten Zeitzeugengesprächen. In: Breyer, T. Buchholz, M., Hamburger, A., Pfänder, S. (Hrsg.). Resonanz, Rhythmus und Synchronisierung: Erscheinungsformen und Effekte. Bielefeld: Transcript.

Bleimling, J. (2016). Assessing Traumatic Reenactment – Now Moments in Survivor Interviews. In: Hamburger, A. (Hrsg.). Trauma, Trust and Memory. – Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Social Trauma. London: Karnac.

Bleimling, J (2015). Balance, Rhythmus, Resonanz – Workshop zur interdisziplinären Gesprächsforschung. IPU Berlin, 27./28.11.2015

Hamburger, A. (2018). Rhythmus, Störung und Reenactment: Begegnungsmomente und die Szenisch-Narrative Mikroanalyse. Paragrana, 27(1), 62-77.

Heller, V. (2018). Revisionen: Weitere bewegungsanalytische Perspektiven auf das Zeitzeugengespräch mit Frau K. Paragrana, 27(1), 163-182.