Gray Zones

Gray Zones

by John Roth
     
 

ISBN-10: 184545071X

ISBN-13: 9781845450717

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

Few essays about the Holocaust are better known or more important than Primo Levi's reflections on what he called "the gray zone," a reality in which moral ambiguity and compromise were pronounced. In this volume, accomplished Holocaust scholars explore the terrain that Levi identified. Together they bring a necessary interdisciplinary focus to bear on timely and…  See more details below

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Few essays about the Holocaust are better known or more important than Primo Levi's reflections on what he called "the gray zone," a reality in which moral ambiguity and compromise were pronounced. In this volume, accomplished Holocaust scholars explore the terrain that Levi identified. Together they bring a necessary interdisciplinary focus to bear on timely and often controversial topics in cutting-edge Holocaust studies that range from historical analysis to popular culture. While each essay utilizes a particular methodology and argues for its own thesis, the volume as a whole advances the claim that the more we learn about the Holocaust, the more complex that event turns out to be. Only if ambiguities and compromises in the Holocaust and its aftermath are identified and explored, and at times allowed to remain - lest resolution deceive us - will our awareness of the Holocaust and its implications be as full as possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845450717
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : The gray zones of the Holocaust
Ch. 1The ambiguities of evil and justice : Degussa, Robert Pross, and the Jewish slave laborers at Gleiwitz7
Ch. 2"Alleviation" and "compliance" : the survival strategies of the Jewish leadership in the Wierzbnik Ghetto and the Starachowice factory slave labor camps26
Ch. 3Between sanity and insanity : spheres of everyday life in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Sonderkommando37
Ch. 4Sonderkommando : testimony from Evidence61
Ch. 5A commentary on "gray zones" in Raul Hilberg's work70
Ch. 6Incompleteness in Holocaust historiography81
Ch. 7Choiceless choices : surviving on false papers on the "Aryan" side97
Ch. 8"Who am I?" : the struggle for religious identity of Jewish children hidden by Christians during the Shoah107
Ch. 9Hitler's Jewish soldiers118
Ch. 10A gray zone among the field gray men : confusion in the discrimination against homosexuals in the Wehrmacht127
Ch. 11Pleasure and evil : Christianity and the sexualization of Holocaust memory147
Ch. 12The gender of good and evil : women and Holocaust memory165
Ch. 13Hitler's "garden of Eden" in Ukraine : Nazi colonialism, Volksdeutsche, and the Holocaust, 1941-1944185
Ch. 14Life and death in the "gray zone" of Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe : the unknown, the ambiguous, and the disappeared205
Ch. 15"Almost-camps" in Paris : the difficult description of three annexes of Drancy - Austerlitz, Levitan, and Bassano, July 1943 to August 1944222
Ch. 16Alternate Holocausts and the mistrust of memory240
Ch. 17Laughter and heartache : the functions of humor in Holocaust tragedy252
Ch. 18The Holocaust in popular culture : master-narrative and counter-narratives in the gray zone270
Ch. 19The grey zone : the cinema of choiceless choices286
Ch. 20Gray into black : the case of Mordecai Chaim Rumkowski299
Ch. 21Catalyzing fascism : academic science in national socialist Germany and afterward311
Ch. 22Postwar justice and the treatment of Nazi assets325
Ch. 23The gray zones of Holocaust restitution : American justice and Holocaust morality339
Ch. 24The creation of ethical "gray zones" in the German Protestant church : reflections on the historical quest for ethical clarity360
Ch. 25Gray-zoned ethics : morality's double binds during and after the Holocaust372
Epilogue : an intense wish to understand390

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