Thinking about the Holocaust: After Half a Century

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"... stimulating and important anthology..." —Holocaust and Genocide Studies

"... a useful and competent volume that can serve as a good introduction to scholarship on the aftermath of the Holocaust." —Times Literary Supplement

More than 50 years after the end of World War II, how do we look back upon and understand the nature and consequences of that catastrophic event? What kind of historical consciousness has developed over the past half century with respect to the Nazi destruction of European Jewry? These questions are explored by a distinguished international group of scholars who draw on history, literature, memory, memorials, and the representation of the Holocaust in the culture to assess the impact of the Holocaust on postwar consciousness.

Indiana University Press

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From the still-unsettling perspective of half a century, 13 contributors evaluate Holocaust fallout from four vantage points: through historical writings, literature, and cinema; in relation to the Zionist movement and the state of Israel; and its impact on American Jewish life, and on European Jewry in the postwar period. The incisive articles result from meetings at Indiana University in 1995. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253211378
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Jewish Literature and Culture Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Alvin H. Rosenfeld is Professor of English and Director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University. His books include Confronting the Holocaust: The Impact of Elie Wiesel, A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature, and Imagining Hitler.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Holocaust in Historical Writings, Literature, and Cinema
1 The Extermination of the European Jews in Historiography: Fifty Years Later 3
2 Unrepresentable Identities: The Jew in Postwar European Literature 18
3 Holocaust Movies and the Politics of Collective Memory 38
Pt. 2 The Holocaust, the Zionist Movement, and the State of Israel
4 The Holocaust and World War II as Elements of the Yishuv Psyche until 1948 61
5 The Zionist Leadership between the Holocaust and the Creation of the State of Israel 83
Pt. 3 The Impact of the Holocaust on American Jewish Life and Thought
6 The Americanization of the Holocaust 119
7 To Seize Memory: History and Identity in Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought 151
8 Rereading an Unsettling Past: American Jews during the Nazi Era 182
Pt. 4 European Jewry in the Postwar Period
9 Breaking the "Cordon Sanitaire" of Memory: The Jewish Encounter with German Society 213
10 A Lost War: World War II in Postwar German Memory 233
11 Deportation and Memory: Official History and the Rewriting of World War II 273
12 The Jews and the Spirit of Europe: A Morphological Approach 300
Contributors 319
Index 321
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