Holocaust and Other Genocides: History, Representation, Ethics / Edition 1

Holocaust and Other Genocides: History, Representation, Ethics / Edition 1

by Helmut Walser Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826514030

ISBN-13: 2900826514034

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press


The Nazi genocide of the Jews, while unique in some ways, was not the only genocide of the twentieth century. This innovative book, the product of a year-long collaboration of scholars from many disciplines, is the first curriculum to systematically tie the teaching of the Holocaust to an analysis of the genocides in Armenia, Bosnia and Kosovo, and Rwanda.

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The Nazi genocide of the Jews, while unique in some ways, was not the only genocide of the twentieth century. This innovative book, the product of a year-long collaboration of scholars from many disciplines, is the first curriculum to systematically tie the teaching of the Holocaust to an analysis of the genocides in Armenia, Bosnia and Kosovo, and Rwanda.

The book consists of five parts: introduction; history of the Holocaust; representations of the Holocaust in literature, film, and the arts; other genocides; and ethics. The curriculum, shaped with feedback from those who teach Holocaust studies, consists mainly of primary documents and their analysis. Each section includes a general introduction to a body of knowledge that reflects current research and detailed introductions to particular documents. Throughout the book, there are provocative discussion questions and suggestions for further reading and other resources. Each section features "links" to other parts to encourage interdisciplinary reflection. The final section on ethics addresses the difficult questions raised by genocide.

The Holocaust and Other Genocides is designed as a model for flexible, innovative teaching about this complex subject. It is also a sophisticated, interdisciplinary effort to create the conditions for discussing and understanding the genocides of the twentieth century.

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ISBN-13:
2900826514034
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Contributors
Pt. IHistory of the Holocaust1
1From Religious Prejudice to Racism3
1.1Images of Jews in the Medieval Period7
1.2The Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther, 15438
1.3Political Statement by Adolf Hitler, September 16, 191910
2The Creation of a Racist Society13
2.1Signs of Racism, Symbols of Segregation18
2.2Excerpts from the Texts of the Nuremberg Laws20
2.3Combating the Gypsy Nuisance by Heinrich Himmler, December 8, 193824
2.4Report on Crystal Night from Berlin25
2.5Public Reactions to the Yellow Star and Deportations26
3The Killing Process30
3.1Protocol of the Wannsee Conference, January 20, 194238
3.2Images of the Warsaw Ghetto47
3.3Excerpt from the Warsaw Ghetto Diary of Avraham Levin, Friday, June 5, 194248
3.4Chaim Rumkowski's Address on the Deportation of the Children from the Lodz Ghetto, September 4, 194248
3.5The Jager Report50
3.6Testimony of Hermann Graebe, November 10, 194558
3.7Excerpts from There Once Was a World by Yaffa Eliach59
3.8German Railway Schedule, January 16, 194361
3.9Abraham Kszepicki on Treblinka64
4Resistance and Rescue71
4.1Olga Lengyel, Resister in Auschwitz78
4.2From Page 12 of the Nashville Tennessean, June 30, 1942: 1,000,000 Jews Said Killed by Germans80
4.3Bishop of Munster, Clemens August Count von Galen, Protests "Euthanasia" Killings, August 3, 194181
4.4Magda Trocme (of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon) in The Courage to Care82
Pt. IIRepresentations of the Holocaust in the Arts91
5Language and the Holocaust93
5.1A Comparison of Names94
6Literature and the Holocaust100
Prose100
6.1Discussion of Elie Wiesel's Night101
6.2Discussion of Art Spiegelman's Maus: A Survivor's Tale104
6.3Discussion of Tadeusz Borowski's This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen110
6.4Discussion of Ida Fink's "The Shelter"111
Poetry112
6.5The Butterfly by Pavel Friedmann113
6.6For My Child by Abraham Sutzkever114
6.7Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway-Car by Dan Pagis115
6.8You Onlookers by Nelly Sachs116
7Monuments and Memorials121
7.1Warsaw Ghetto Monument125
7.2Treblinka128
8Photographs131
8.1Selection of Hungarian Jews for Extermination132
8.2Tower of Faces, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.133
8.3General Dwight Eisenhower and Other Officers Examine Corpses at Ohrdruf, April 12, 1945135
9Film137
9.1Discussion of Au revoir les enfants (Good-bye Children)138
9.2Discussion of Night and Fog (Nuit et brouilliard)142
Pt. IIIOther Genocides147
10The Armenian Genocide149
The Armenians in the Ottomen Empire150
The Armenians Under the Young Turks151
Genocide153
Perpetrators, Bystanders, Rescuers154
International Response155
10.1Pan-Turkism: Excerpt from Ambassador Morgenthau's Story by Henry Morgenthau159
10.2The Deportations: Excerpt from the Report of Lieutenant Sayied Ahmed Moukhtar Baas, December 26, 1916160
10.3Talaat: Excerpt from Ambassador Morgenthau's Story by Henry Morgenthau162
10.4An Ambiguous Rescue Story: Excerpt from the Testimony of Aram Kilichjian166
10.5Report to the German Government: Letter from Ambassador Wolff-Metternich to Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg, July 10, 1916167
10.6Germany's Interests: Meeting of the Imperial Budget Committee, September 29, 1916, Notes of the State Secretary168
10.7Starting Over? Excerpt from Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past by Peter Balakian169
11Bosnia and Kosovo179
Background180
11.1Peter Maass in Conversation with a Serbian Woman188
11.2Chronology of "Ethnic Cleansing"189
11.3Images of War by Children of Former Yugoslavia190
11.4The Mind of the Perpetrators193
11.5Days in the Life of Bosnian Inmates, 1992193
12Rwanda201
Tutsis and Hutus202
Ideology and Propaganda203
The Killing Begins204
Perpetrators, Bystanders, Rescuers205
International Response206
Aftermath206
12.1Excerpt from Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda by Alison Des Forges208
12.2The Hutu Ten Commandments, 1990210
12.3The Interahamwe: Excerpt from an Interview with Gloriose Mukakanimba, May 21, 1994211
12.4The Corruption of Language: Common Euphemisms of the Holocaust and the Genocide in Rwanda212
12.5Initial Response of the U.S. Government: Excerpt from a PBS Frontline Interview with Tony Marley, a Former Official of the U.S. State Department213
12.6Excerpt from President Bill Clinton's Address to the People of Rwanda, March 25, 1998216
Pt. IVEthics223
13Ethical Questioning225
13.1Is Prejudice a Prelude to Annihilation?229
13.2Is Genocide More Than Mass Murder?232
13.3What is a Choiceless Choice and the Extent of Moral Blame?235
13.4How Does Good Happen?239
13.5What Are the Limits of Forgiveness and Reconciliation?241
13.6How Have Christians Responded to the Holocaust?244
13.7What is the Relationship Between Ethics and Remembrance?248
Index257

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