Applying principles of historical critique : authentic oral history?

  title={Applying principles of historical critique : authentic oral history?},
  author={Marietjie Oelofse},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
To reconstruct the past, oral historians are concerned with the depths of memory as a potential source of information, evidence and meaning at their disposal. Unfortunately, memory can never be absolutely certain, wherein lies its weakness as a source of knowledge of the past. The researcher has the important task of implementing historical interpretation and principles of historical critique in searching for authenticity in sources. Taking into account the nature of memory and the factors that… 
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