The Memory Of Judgment

The Memory Of Judgment

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by Lawrence Douglas
     
 

This powerful book offers the first detailed examination of the law's response to the crimes of the Holocaust. In vivid prose it offers a fascinating study of five exemplary proceedings-the Nuremberg trial of the major Nazi war criminals, the Israeli trials of Adolf Eichmann and John Demjanjuk, the French trial of Klaus Barbie, and the Canadian trial of Holocaust… See more details below

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This powerful book offers the first detailed examination of the law's response to the crimes of the Holocaust. In vivid prose it offers a fascinating study of five exemplary proceedings-the Nuremberg trial of the major Nazi war criminals, the Israeli trials of Adolf Eichmann and John Demjanjuk, the French trial of Klaus Barbie, and the Canadian trial of Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. These trials, the book argues, were "show trials" in the broadest sense: they aimed to do justice both to the defendants and to the history and memory of the Holocaust.

With insight Lawrence Douglas explores how prosecutors and jurors struggled to submit unprecedented crimes to legal judgment, and in so doing, to reconcile the interests of justice and pedagogy. Against the attacks of such critics as Hannah Arendt, Douglas defends the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials as imaginative, if flawed, responses to extreme crimes. By contrast, he shows how the Demjanjuk and Zundel trials turned into disasters of didactic legality, obfuscating the very history they were intended to illuminate.

In their successes and shortcomings, Douglas contends, these proceedings changed our understandings of both the Holocaust and the legal process-revealing the value and limits of the criminal trial as a didactic tool.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109849
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Nuremberg
1Film as Witness: Screening Nazi Concentration Camps Before the Nuremberg Tribunal11
2The Idiom of Judgment: Crimes Against Humanity38
3the Father Pointed to the Sky: Legitimacy and Tortured History65
Pt. 2Eichmann
4Ada Lichtmann on the Stand97
5The Court vs. the Prosecution: Policing Survivor Testimony123
6Didactic Legality and Heroic Memory150
Pt. 3Zundel
7Retrials and Precursors: Klaus Barbie and John Demjanjuk185
8"Did Six Million Really Die?": Holocaust Denial and the Law212
9Historians and Hearsay: The Denial Trials of Ernst Zundel226
10The Legal Imagination and Traumatic History257
AppNuremberg Defendants263
Notes265
Index307

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