In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth-Century France

In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth-Century France

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by Maud S. Mandel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822331217

ISBN-13: 9780822331216

Pub. Date: 07/04/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

France is the only Western European nation home to substantial numbers of survivors of the World War I and World War II genocides. In the Aftermath of Genocide offers a unique comparison of the country’s Armenian and Jewish survivor communities. By demonstrating how—in spite of significant differences between these two populations—striking

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France is the only Western European nation home to substantial numbers of survivors of the World War I and World War II genocides. In the Aftermath of Genocide offers a unique comparison of the country’s Armenian and Jewish survivor communities. By demonstrating how—in spite of significant differences between these two populations—striking similarities emerge in the ways each responded to genocide, Maud S. Mandel illuminates the impact of the nation-state on ethnic and religious minorities in twentieth-century Europe and provides a valuable theoretical framework for considering issues of transnational identity. Investigating each community’s response to its violent past, Mandel reflects on how shifts in ethnic, religious, and national affiliations were influenced by that group’s recent history. The book examines these issues in the context of France’s long commitment to a politics of integration and homogenization—a politics geared toward the establishment of equal rights and legal status for all citizens, but not toward the accommodation of cultural diversity.

In the Aftermath of Genocide reveals that Armenian and Jewish survivors rarely sought to shed the obvious symbols of their ethnic and religious identities. Mandel shows that following the 1915 genocide and the Holocaust, these communities, if anything, seemed increasingly willing to mobilize in their own self-defense and thereby call attention to their distinctiveness. Most Armenian and Jewish survivors were neither prepared to give up their minority status nor willing to migrate to their national homelands of Armenia and Israel. In the Aftermath of Genocide suggests that the consolidation of the nation-state system in twentieth-century Europe led survivors of genocide to fashion identities for themselves as ethnic minorities despite the dangers implicit in that status.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822331216
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/04/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Introduction1
1Orphans of the Nation: Armenian Refugees in France19
2The Strange Silence: France, French Jews, and the Return to Republican Order52
3Integrating into the Polity: The Problem of Inclusion after Genocide86
4Diaspora, Nation, and Homeland among Survivors118
5Maintaining a Visible Presence151
6Genocide Revisited: Armenians and the French Polity after World War II178
Conclusion202
Notes209
Bibliography291
Index311

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