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Cole shows us an "Auschwitz-land" where tourists have become the "ultimate ruberneckers" passing by and gazing at someone else's tragedy. He shows us a US Holocaust Museum that provides visitors with a "virtual Holocaust" experience.
Prologue: The Rise (and Fall?) of the Myth of the 'Holocauast'
PART I: PEOPLE
1. Anne Frank
2. Adolf Eichmann
3. Oskar Schindler
PART II. PLACES
5. Yad Vashem
6. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
Posted May 24, 2006
I recommend this book with reservations. The author does a splendid job of tracing the history of the use of The Holocaust in symbolic form. As he says, he writes not of the details of The Holocaust, per se, but of how the tragedy is portrayed in the media. I learned a great deal about the evolution of Holocaust presentation, and for that reason I recommend this work. On the other hand, the author seems to criticize movie directors and museums for their attempts to make meaning of The Holocaust. After taking Spielberg to task for presenting a watered-down version of Holocaust horror ('I wanted to shout, it was worse than that!' the author exclaims), he criticizes the US Holocaust memorial and Museum for its graphic videos-likening them to peep shows. It is true that we all must be careful in how we construct meaning of this terrible event in human history, but to focus on the gruesome details with no attempt to search for meaning would indeed be pornographic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.