American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust

American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust

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by Laura Levitt, John Bellamy Foster
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814752179

ISBN-13: 9780814752173

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

Many of us belong to communities that have been scarred by terrible calamities. And many of us come from families that have suffered grievous losses. How we reflect on these legacies of loss and the ways they inform each other are the questions Laura Levitt takes up in this provocative and passionate book.

An American Jew whose family was not directly affected by

Overview

Many of us belong to communities that have been scarred by terrible calamities. And many of us come from families that have suffered grievous losses. How we reflect on these legacies of loss and the ways they inform each other are the questions Laura Levitt takes up in this provocative and passionate book.

An American Jew whose family was not directly affected by the Holocaust, Levitt grapples with the challenges of contending with ordinary Jewish loss. She suggests that although the memory of the Holocaust may seem to overshadow all other kinds of loss for American Jews, it can also open up possibilities for engaging these more personal and everyday legacies.

Weaving in discussions of her own family stories and writing in a manner that is both deeply personal and erudite, Levitt shows what happens when public and private losses are seen next to each other, and what happens when difficult works of art or commemoration, such as museum exhibits or films, are seen alongside ordinary family stories about more intimate losses. In so doing she illuminates how through these “ordinary stories” we may create an alternative model for confronting Holocaust memory in Jewish culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814752173
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: Unraveling, a Personal Story
Introduction: Indirection and Ordinary Jews
1 Looking Out from under a Long Shadow
2 Postmarked Pictures
3 Secret Stashes
4 Mary, Irena, and Me: Keepers of Accounts
Conclusion: Other Ghosts, Other Encounters, Other Communities
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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