The process of looking back on the Holocaust is one of a double nature: it can bring both enlightenment and a paralyzing pain, particularly for its survivors. This volume addresses the process of looking back, the challenges to understanding of unimaginable horrors that took place, and how academia, media, popular attitudes, and even judicial mind-sets handle that process.
A collection of nineteen essays, this book is organized into four sections: the first focuses on how various fields of study can open new perspectives on the Holocaust and sharpen old ones; the second examines culture and politics in Germany before and after 1933; the third addresses the problems associated with the memorialization of those years; and the final section examines the shocking denials of the Holocaust.
About the Author
Peter Hayes is the Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor in the Department of History at Northwestern University.
Table of Contents
Theodore Zev WeissForewordPeter HayesIntroductionElie WieselLooking BackI. Disciplinary ReflectionsChristopher R. BrowningThe Holocaust and HistoryAlan E. SteinweisThe Holocaust and Jewish StudiesGerald E. MarkleThe Holocaust and SociologyJohn K. RothThe Holocaust and PhilosophyJeffrey M. PeckThe Holocaust and Literary StudiesII. The German ContextMichael BerkowitzBeyond "the Crisis of German Ideology": Contextualizing German Culture, the Holocaust, and German JewryKarl A. SchleunesThe Year 1933: Revolution or Continuity in German HistoryPeter HayesThe Deutsche Bank and the HolocaustIII. Memory and MemorializationHenry L. MasonAccommodations and Other Flawed Reactions: Issues for Verwerking in the NetherlandsDeborah DworkCustody and Care of Jewish Children in the Postwar Netherlands: Ethnic Identity and Cultural HegemonyHarold MarcuseDachau: The Political Aesthetics of Holocaust MemorialsMichael R. MarrusThe Future of Auschwitz: A Case for the RuinsNathan F. CoganA Commentary on the Video-Documentary The Last Remnants of Lithuanian Jewry: The Narrative of a Holocaust SurvivorScott DenhamSchindler Returns to Open Arms: Schindler's List in Germany and AustriaJudith E. DonesonIs a Little Memory Better than None?Lawrence BaronHolocaust Awareness and Denial in the United States: The Hype and the HopeIV. DenialJonathan PetropoulosHolocaust Denial: A Generational TypologyGeoffrey J. GilesBlind in the Right Eye: German Justice and Holocaust DenialNotes Notes on Contributors