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Preempting the Holocaust

Preempting the Holocaust

by Lawrence L. Langer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300082681

ISBN-13: 9780300082685

Pub. Date: 04/10/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

Lawrence L. Langer, perhaps the most important literary critic of the Holocaust, here explores the use of Holocaust themes in literature, memoirs, film, and painting. Among the authors he examines are Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, Cynthia Ozick, Art Spiegelman, and Simon Wiesenthal. He appraises the art of Samuel Bak, considered by many the premier Holocaust painter of our

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Lawrence L. Langer, perhaps the most important literary critic of the Holocaust, here explores the use of Holocaust themes in literature, memoirs, film, and painting. Among the authors he examines are Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, Cynthia Ozick, Art Spiegelman, and Simon Wiesenthal. He appraises the art of Samuel Bak, considered by many the premier Holocaust painter of our time, and assesses the "Holocaust Project" by Judy Chicago. He also offers a critical interpretation of Undzere Kinder, a neglected but important Yiddish film made in Poland after the war about Holocaust orphans.

Langer focuses his attention on a variety of controversial issues: the attempt of a number of commentators to appropriate the subject of the Holocaust for private moral agendas; the ordeal of women in the concentration camps; the conflicting claims of individual and community survival in the Kovno ghetto; the current tendency to conflate the Holocaust with other modern atrocities, thereby blurring the distinctive features of each; and the sporadic impulse to shift the emphasis from the crime, the criminals, and the victimized to the question of forgiveness and the need for healing. He concludes with some reflections on the challenge of teaching the Holocaust to generations of students who know less and less of its history but continue to manifest an eager curiosity about its human impact and psychological roots.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082685
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8125.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
1Preempting the Holocaust1
2Legacy in Gray: The Ordeal of Primo Levi23
3Gendered Suffering: Women in Holocaust Testimonies43
4The Alarmed Vision: Social Suffering and Holocaust Atrocity59
5Landscapes of Jewish Experience: The Holocaust Art of Samuel Bak80
6Two Holocaust Voices: Cynthia Ozick and Art Spiegelman121
7The Stage of Memory: Parents and Children in Holocaust Texts and Testimonies131
8The Inner Life of the Kovno Ghetto146
9Undzere Kinder A Yiddish Film from Poland157
10Wiesenthal's Sunflower Dilemma A Response166
11Opening Locked Doors: Reflections on Teaching the Holocaust187
Notes199

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