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.