Echoes of the Holocaust: Historical Cultures in Contemporary Europe

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Karl-Göran Karlsson, Ulf Zander
Nordic Academic Press, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 295 pages
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In what ways has the Holocaust been used to push for the satisfaction of various needs and objectives in Europe? The authors of Echoes of the Holocaust take this question as their point of departure in order to reflect upon the role of history in general, and the effects of the Holocaust in particular. The study discusses how, when and why the collective memory of the Holocaust has been expressed and activated for cultural, economic, political and social reasons. Memories of the Nazi genocide in the German-Polish borderlands, the Holocaust in Russian history school books and the debates on the American television series Holocaust are among the topics covered by the articles in this anthology. This book is a first collection of reports from The Holocaust and the European Historical Culture, a research project which includes scholars from the universities in Lund, Stockholm and Uppsala in Sweden. The aim of the project, initiated in 2001, is to study the interpretations and representations of the Holocaust in various European societies and states since the Nazi genocide of the Jews in World War II.

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\Klas-Göran Karlsson is a professor of history at Lund University, Sweden. Ulf Zander is a researcher in the department of history at Lund University, Sweden.

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