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Title:'A Strange Thing is Memory: Emily Hobhouse, Memory Work, Moral Life and the 'Concentration System'
Author:Stanley, LizISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic term:South Africa
Anglo-Boer wars
concentration camps
History and Exploration
Women's Issues
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
About person:Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02582470509464864
Abstract:Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926) was a British pacifist and humanitarian reformer who gained public prominence through her relief work for the South African Women's and Children's Distress Fund between December 1900 and May 1901, during the South African War. Her 'Report to the Distress Fund' was published in 1901 and, like her 'The Brunt of War' published in late 1902, it sought 'to portray the sufferings of the weak and the young with truth and moderation'. Based on literature published on Hobhouse on the occasion of the centenary of this war, this paper explores how, during the 1920s, when she edited for publication some of the Boer women's concentration camp testimonies she had solicited in 1903, and then set about writing a memoir herself, Hobhouse felt and thought about the moral or ethical dimensions of memory. She was particularly concerned with the complex relationship between her memory of wartime events, her 'little memoir', and the facts contained in the letters she had written during the war itself. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]