Murder in Our Midst: The Holocaust, Industrial Killing, and Representation / Edition 1

Murder in Our Midst: The Holocaust, Industrial Killing, and Representation / Edition 1

by Omer Bartov
     
 

Murder in Our Midst: The Holocaust, Industrial Killing, and Representation examines the emergence, implementation, and representation of industrial killing, an inherent and crucial component of modernity whose most extreme manifestation was the Holocaust. The mechanized, impersonal, and sustained mass destruction of human beings, organized and legitimized by… See more details below

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Murder in Our Midst: The Holocaust, Industrial Killing, and Representation examines the emergence, implementation, and representation of industrial killing, an inherent and crucial component of modernity whose most extreme manifestation was the Holocaust. The mechanized, impersonal, and sustained mass destruction of human beings, organized and legitimized by states, scientists, jurists, and intellectuals, is rooted in the industrial slaughterhouse of the Great War. In Murder in Our Midst, Omer Bartov argues that the Nazi death factories are best understood in the context of modern warfare, beginning with the First World War. He shows how the way we understand ourselves reflects the ambivalent effects of the Holocaust on our perceptions of war and violence, history and memory, progress and barbarism. Analyzing a wide array of historical texts, works of fiction, films, and museums, Bartov leads the reader from ancient myths of heroism to the trenches of the Western Front, from Thomas Mann's romantic vision of war to Primo Levi's stark depictions of genocide, from colonial war museums to the visual art of the Holocaust. These representations of killing share some of the same important features. They attempt to form coherent images from horrific events, to draw didactic lessons from them, and to use them for political ends.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195098488
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Past and Present of Militarized Genocide3
1Man and the Mass: Reality and the Heroic Image in War15
2The European Imagination in the Age of Total War33
3Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Reinterpretations of National Socialism53
4Historians on the Eastern Front: Andreas Hillgruber and Germany's Tragedy71
5An Idiot's Tale: Memories and Histories of the Holocaust89
6Intellectuals on Auschwitz: Memory, History, and Truth115
7War, Memory, and Repression: Alexander Kluge and the Politics of Representation in Postwar Germany139
8Chambers of Horror: The Reordering of Murders Past153
Notes187
Index237

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