Crises of Memory and the Second World War

Crises of Memory and the Second World War

by Susan Rubin Suleiman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674027620

ISBN-13: 9780674027626

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Harvard University Press

How we view ourselves and how we wish to be seen by others cannot be separated from the stories we tell about our past. In this sense all memory is in crisis, torn between conflicting motives of historical reflection, political expediency, and personal or collective imagination. In Crises of Memory and the Second World War, Susan Suleiman conducts a profound

Overview

How we view ourselves and how we wish to be seen by others cannot be separated from the stories we tell about our past. In this sense all memory is in crisis, torn between conflicting motives of historical reflection, political expediency, and personal or collective imagination. In Crises of Memory and the Second World War, Susan Suleiman conducts a profound exploration of contested terrain, where individual memories converge with public remembrance of traumatic events.

Suleiman is one of a handful of scholars who have shaped the interdisciplinary study of memory, with its related concepts of trauma, testimony, forgetting, and forgiveness. In this book she argues that memories of World War II, while nationally specific, transcend national boundaries, due not only to the global nature of the war but also to the increasingly global presence of the Holocaust as a site of collective memory. Among the works she discusses are Jean-Paul Sartre’s essays on the occupation and Resistance in France; Marcel Ophuls’ innovative documentary on Klaus Barbie, tried for crimes against humanity; István Szabó’s film Sunshine, a chronicle of Jewish identity in central Europe; literary memoirs by Jorge Semprun and Elie Wiesel; and experimental writing by child survivors of the Holocaust.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674027626
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Crises of Memory     1
"Choosing Our Past": Jean-Paul Sartre as Memoirist of Occupied France     13
Narrative Desire: The "Aubrac Affair" and National Memory of the French Resistance     36
Commemorating the Illustrious Dead: Jean Moulin and Andre Malraux     62
History, Memory, and Moral Judgment after the Holocaust: Marcel Ophuls's Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie     77
Anamnesis: Remembering Jewish Identity in Central Europe after Communism: Istvan Szabo's Sunshine     106
Revision: Historical Trauma and Literary Testimony: The Buchenwald Memoirs of Jorge Semprun     132
Do Facts Matter in Holocaust Memoirs?: Wilkomirski/Wiesel     159
The Edge of Memory: Experimental Writing and the 1.5 Generation: Perec/Federman     178
Amnesia and Amnesty: Reflections on Forgetting and Forgiving     215
Notes     235
Works Cited     261
Index     279

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