A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France / Edition 1

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A provocative study of a French Holocaust controversy of the 1960s and the dynamics of postwar memory.
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"Arresting scholarship . . . Moyn elucidates with compelling clarity and coherence. Alive to historical ironies and penetratingly written, this small, thoughtful book focusing on one moment in French history illuminates very large themes, representing intellectual history at its very best."—Choice

"In uncovering and analyzing the controversy for contemporary readers, Moyn provides an entry for productive examination of some of the compelling issues still animating Holocaust scholarship, including how best to conceptualize Nazi criminality, the question of Holocaust particularity, the issue of Jewish complicity and resistance, the effect the Holocaust should have on framing Jewish identity, and the uses and abuses of the Holocaust to further other agendas. The book is timely, important and quite suggestive."—Jewish Book World

"Professor Samuel Moyn's book is a brilliant presentation of the intellectual and emotional controversy caused by the publication of Steiner's book.”—Bridges

"Moyn's discussion is built on painstaking analysis of primary sources, from private archives to Parisian Yiddish daily newspapers, and manages to be at once exceptionally scrupulous and wonderfully lucid . . . This is a superb book and, as an inspiring model of committed scholarship, at a time when particularism and universalism are again crucial domestic and international political questions, essential reading."—French Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584655091
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 8/22/2005
  • Series: Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,041,641
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

SAMUEL MOYN is Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University. He is also the author of Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas between Revelation and Ethics (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Images
The Interview: An Introduction to the Affair
Author and Text
Nazi Criminality between Concentration and Extermination
Jewish Identity in Question
The Revolt of the Witnesses
The Aftermath of the Controversy

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