Rhetorical Vectors of Memory in National and International Holocaust Trials

Rhetorical Vectors of Memory in National and International Holocaust Trials

by Marouf A. Hasian Jr.

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ISBN-13: 9780870137846
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Series: Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marouf A. Hasian Jr. is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, University of Utah.

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Henry_Berry More than 1 year ago
Hasian develops his innovative, soundly-based conception that most trials--i. e., prosecutions--relating to the genocide of Jews by Nazi Germany--Judeocide--were not strictly exercises in making criminal accusations, presenting evidence, and seeking a verdict. As Hasian convincingly demonstrates and expounds, these trials had a major role in making widely known the systematic atrocities against Jews throughout Europe in World War II and from this, the formation of the subject of the Holocaust. The Nuremberg trials conducted by the victorious United States and its allies closely following WWII only randomly and sketchily broached the genocide against the Jews. It wasn't until decades after the War that particular individuals such as Adolf Eichmann and John Demjanjuk were tried for their connection to what came to be known as the Holocaust. As an Israeli journalist wrote, '[prior] to the Eichmann trial, what we call the Holocaust did not exist as a collective story.' Hasian suggests that maybe the conception of the Holocaust did exist with some persons, but the Eichmann trial 'helped turn [this Holocaust] into a more didactic tale.' The basic elements of this 'tale' came to permeate not only the Israeli legal system, but also that of the United States, as seen in the Demjanjuk trial, and of other democratic countries. Hasian--associate professor of Communication at the U. of Utah and on the editorial board of the journal 'Rhetoric and Public Affairs'--does not suggest that such trials were in any way baseless, wrong-headed, or were show trials. His material and analyses are much more subtle and revealing about the motives for and effects of trials. He shows that trials, like the media of novels, films, or journalism, help to bring elaboration to certain historical and communal episodes and in so doing shape a society's memories of them.