The Holocaust in American Life

The Holocaust in American Life

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by Peter Novick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0618082328

ISBN-13: 9780618082322

Pub. Date: 09/20/2000

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Prize-winning historian Peter Novick illuminates the reasons Americans ignored the Holocaust for so long -- how dwelling on German crimes interfered with Cold War mobilization; how American Jews, not wanting to be thought of as victims, avoided the subject. He explores in absorbing detail the decisions that later moved the Holocaust to the center of American life&

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Prize-winning historian Peter Novick illuminates the reasons Americans ignored the Holocaust for so long -- how dwelling on German crimes interfered with Cold War mobilization; how American Jews, not wanting to be thought of as victims, avoided the subject. He explores in absorbing detail the decisions that later moved the Holocaust to the center of American life: Jewish leaders invoking its memory to muster support for Israel and to come out on top in a sordid competition over what group had suffered most; politicians using it to score points with Jewish voters. With insight and sensitivity, Novick raises searching questions about these developments. Have American Jews, by making the Holocaust the emblematic Jewish experience, given Hitler a posthumous victory, tacitly endorsing his definition of Jews as despised pariahs? Does the Holocaust really teach useful lessons and sensitize us to atrocities, or, by making the Holocaust the measure, does it make lesser crimes seem "not so bad"? What are we to make of the fact that while Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars for museums recording a European crime, there is no museum of American slavery?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618082322
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/20/2000
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
829,953
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Part 1The War Years
1."We Knew in a General Way"19
2."If Our Brothers Had Shown More Compassion"30
3."The Abandonment of the Jews"47
Part 2The Postwar Years
4."The DP Camps Have Served Their Historic Purpose"63
5."That Is Past, and We Must Deal with the Facts Today"85
6."Not in the Best Interests of Jewry"103
Part 3The Years of Transition
7."Self-Hating Jewess Writes Pro-Eichmann Series"127
8."A Bill Submitted 'for Sufferings Rendered'"146
9."Would They Hide My Children?"170
Part 4Recent Years
10."To Bigotry No Sanction"207
11."Never Again the Slaughter of the Albigensians"239
Part 5Future Years
12."We Are Not Equipped to Answer"267
Notes285
Acknowledgments353
Index355

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