Lessons and Legacies: Memory, History, and Responsibility - Reassessments of the Holocaust, Implications for the Future

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Memory, History, and Responsibility: Reassessments of the Holocaust, Implications for the Future contains the highlights from the ninth "Lessons and Legacies" conference. The conference, held during the height of the genocide in Darfur, sought to reexamine how the darkness of the Holocaust continues to shadow human existence more than sixty years after World War II left the Third Reich in ruins.

The collection opens with Saul Friedländer’s call for interdisciplinary approaches to Holocaust research. The essays that follow draw on the latest methodologies in the fields of history, literature, philosophy, religion, film, and gender studies, among others. Together both the leading scholars of the Holocaust and the next generation of scholars engage the difficult reality—as raised by editors Petropoulos, Rapaport, and Roth in their introduction—that the legacies of the Holocaust have not proved sufficient in intervening against human-made mass death, let alone preventing or eliminating it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810126381
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: Lessons and Legacies Series
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College.

Lynn Rapaport is a professor of sociology at Pomona College.

John K. Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College.

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Table of Contents

Theodore Zev Weiss

Jonathan Petropoulos, Lynn Rapaport, and John K. Roth

I. Memory

John K. Roth
Only in the Dark: Seeing through the Gloom

Christian Goeschel
Suicides of German Jews During the Holocaust

Simone Gigliotti
Deportation Transit and Captive Bodies: Rethinking Holocaust Witnessing

Michael Allen
The Atomization of Auschwitz: Is History Really That Contingent?

II. History

Martin Dean
Typology of Ghettos: Five Types of Ghettos Under German Administration

David Silberklang
Defining the Ghettos: Jewish and German Perspectives in the Lublin District

Alexander V. Prusin
Jewish Ghettos in the Generalbezirk Kiew, 1941-1943

Rachel Iskov
Jewish Refugees from the Surrounding Communities in the Warsaw and Lódz Ghettos

Tim Cole
Contesting and Compromising Ghettoization, Hungary 1944

III. Responsibility

Jonathan Petropoulos
Prince zu Waldeck und Pyrmont: A Career in the SS and Its Murderous Consequences

Susanna Schrafstetter
When Perpetrators Compensate Victims: Karl Hettlage and the Politics of Indemnification in West Germany

Suzanne Brown-Fleming
The Vatican and the Nazi Movement, 1922-1939: New Sources and Unexpected Findings on the Vatican's Response to Reichskristallnacht

Lissa Skitolsky
Suspending Judgment for the Sake of Knowledge: Agamben's Approach to Auschwitz

IV. Post-Holocaust Issues

Michael Meng
Did Poles Oppose or Collaborate with the Nazis? Problems with Narrating the Holocaust in Poland

Paul B. Miller
Just Like the Jews: Contending Victimization in the Former Yugoslavia

V. Epilogue
Compiled and introduced by John K. Roth

John K. Roth
Ethics During and After the Holocaust

Christopher R. Browning
Encountering Ethical Dilemmas in Writing the History of the Holocaust

Peter Hayes
Ethics and Corporate History in Nazi Germany

Claudia Koonz
Taking Jean Améry's "Grudge"  Seriously

Rebecca Wittmann
Torture and the Ethical Implications of the Holocaust

Berel Lang
Two Ethical Issues

John K. Roth

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

Notes on Contributors

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