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

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Memory, History, and Responsibility contains the highlights from the ninth Lessons and Legacies Conference, held at the height of the genocide in Darfur. The contributors 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 a prologue by Saul Friedländer, whose keynote address at the conference was a call for interdisciplinary approaches to Holocaust ...

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Overview

Memory, History, and Responsibility contains the highlights from the ninth Lessons and Legacies Conference, held at the height of the genocide in Darfur. The contributors 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 a prologue by Saul Friedländer, whose keynote address at the conference was a call for interdisciplinary approaches to Holocaust research. The essays that follow draw on the latest methodologies, integrating diverse fields, including history and literature, philosophy and religion, and film and gender studies. Together, leading scholars and the next generation of Holocaust scholars engage the difficult reality-as noted by editors Petropoulos, Rapaport, and Roth in their introduction-that the legacies of the Holocaust have not been sufficient to mitigate, much less prevent or eliminate, mass murder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810126398
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: Lesson & Legacies Series
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (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

Foreword Theodore Zev Weiss xiii

Introduction Jonathan Petropoulos Lynn Rapaport John K. Roth xv

Prologue Saul Friedländer 3

I Memory

Only in the Dark: Seeing Through the Gloom John K. Roth 19

Suicides of German Jews During the Holocaust Christian Goeschel 30

Deportation Transit and Captive Bodies: Rethinking Holocaust Witnessing Simone Gigliotti 47

The Atomization of Auschwitz: Is History Really That Contingent? Michael Allen 63

II History

Typology of Ghettos: Five Types of Ghettos Under German Administration Martin Dean 85

Defining the Ghettos: Jewish and German Perspectives in the Lublin District David Silberklang 106

Jewish Ghettos in the Generalbezirk Kiew, 1941-1943 Alexander V. Prusin 124

Jewish Refugees from the Surrounding Communities in the Warsaw and Lódz Ghettos Rachel Iskov 139

Contesting and Compromising Ghettoization, Hungary 1944 Tim Cole 152

III Responsibility

Prince zu Waldeck und Pyrmont: A Career in the SS and Its Murderous Consequences Jonathan Petropoulos 169

When Perpetrators Compensate Victims: Karl Hettlage and the Politics of Indemnification in West Germany Susanna Schrafstetter 185

The Vatican and the Nazi Movement, 1922-1939: New Sources and Unexpected Findings on the Vatican's Response to Reichskristallnacht Suzanne Brown-Fleming 203

Suspending Judgment for the Sake of Knowledge Agamben's Approach to Auschwitz Lissa Skitolsky 215

IV Post-Holocaust Issues

Did Poles Oppose or Collaborate with the Nazis? Problems with Narrating the Holocaust in Poland Michael Meng 233

Just Like the Jews: Contending Victimization in the Former Yugoslavia Paul B.Miller 251

Equivocal Talismans: The UN Genocide Convention and the Responsibility to Protect Jerry Fowler 269

V Epilogue John K. Roth

Ethics During and After the Holocaust John K. Roth 291

Encountering Ethical Dilemmas in Writing the History of the Holocaust Christopher R. Browning 294

Ethics and Corporate History in Nazi Germany Peter Hayes 300

Taking Jean Améry's "Grudge" Seriously Claudia Koonz 304

Torture and the Ethical Implications of the Holocaust Rebecca Wittmann 311

Two Ethical Issues Berel Lang 316

Postscript John K. Roth 321

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms 325

Notes on Contributors 329

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