Lessons and Legacies: Memory, Memorialization, and Denial

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The process of looking back on the Holocaust is one of a double nature: it can bring both enlightenment and a paralyzing pain, particularly for its survivors. This volume addresses the process of looking back, the challenges to understanding of unimaginable horrors that took place, and how academia, media, popular attitudes, and even judicial mind-sets handle that process.

A collection of nineteen essays, this book is organized into four sections: the first focuses on how ...

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Overview

The process of looking back on the Holocaust is one of a double nature: it can bring both enlightenment and a paralyzing pain, particularly for its survivors. This volume addresses the process of looking back, the challenges to understanding of unimaginable horrors that took place, and how academia, media, popular attitudes, and even judicial mind-sets handle that process.

A collection of nineteen essays, this book is organized into four sections: the first focuses on how various fields of study can open new perspectives on the Holocaust and sharpen old ones; the second examines culture and politics in Germany before and after 1933; the third addresses the problems associated with the memorialization of those years; and the final section examines the shocking denials of the Holocaust.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810116665
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Lessons and Legacies Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hayes is the Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor in the Department of History at Northwestern University. 

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Table of Contents

Theodore Zev Weiss
Foreword

Peter Hayes
Introduction

Elie Wiesel
Looking Back

I. Disciplinary Reflections

Christopher R. Browning
The Holocaust and History

Alan E. Steinweis
The Holocaust and Jewish Studies

Gerald E. Markle
The Holocaust and Sociology

John K. Roth
The Holocaust and Philosophy

Jeffrey M. Peck
The Holocaust and Literary Studies

II. The German Context

Michael Berkowitz
Beyond "the Crisis of German Ideology": Contextualizing German Culture, the Holocaust, and German Jewry

Karl A. Schleunes
The Year 1933: Revolution or Continuity in German History

Peter Hayes
The Deutsche Bank and the Holocaust

III. Memory and Memorialization

Henry L. Mason
Accommodations and Other Flawed Reactions: Issues for Verwerking in the Netherlands

Deborah Dwork
Custody and Care of Jewish Children in the Postwar Netherlands: Ethnic Identity and Cultural Hegemony

Harold Marcuse
Dachau: The Political Aesthetics of Holocaust Memorials

Michael R. Marrus
The Future of Auschwitz: A Case for the Ruins

Nathan F. Cogan
A Commentary on the Video-Documentary The Last Remnants of Lithuanian Jewry: The Narrative of a Holocaust Survivor

Scott Denham
Schindler Returns to Open Arms: Schindler's List in Germany and Austria

Judith E. Doneson
Is a Little Memory Better than None?

Lawrence Baron
Holocaust Awareness and Denial in the United States: The Hype and the Hope

IV. Denial

Jonathan Petropoulos
Holocaust Denial: A Generational Typology

Geoffrey J. Giles
Blind in the Right Eye: German Justice and Holocaust Denial

Notes 
Notes on Contributors

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