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

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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: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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 Genocide 3
1 Man and the Mass: Reality and the Heroic Image in War 15
2 The European Imagination in the Age of Total War 33
3 Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Reinterpretations of National Socialism 53
4 Historians on the Eastern Front: Andreas Hillgruber and Germany's Tragedy 71
5 An Idiot's Tale: Memories and Histories of the Holocaust 89
6 Intellectuals on Auschwitz: Memory, History, and Truth 115
7 War, Memory, and Repression: Alexander Kluge and the Politics of Representation in Postwar Germany 139
8 Chambers of Horror: The Reordering of Murders Past 153
Notes 187
Index 237
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