Harnessing the Holocaust: The Politics of Memory in France

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Stanford University Press, 2004 - History - 249 pages
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Harnessing the Holocaust presents the compelling story of how the Nazi genocide of the Jews became an almost daily source of controversy in French politics. Joan Wolf argues that from the Six-Day War through the trial of Maurice Papon in 1997-98, the Holocaust developed from a Jewish trauma into a metaphor for oppression and a symbol of victimization on a wide scale.

Using scholarship from a range of disciplines, Harnessing the Holocaust argues that the roots of Holocaust politics reside in the unresolved dilemmas of Jewish emancipation and the tensions inherent in the revolutionary notion of universalism. Ultimately, the book suggests, the Holocaust became a screen for debates about what it means to be French.

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Contents

The SixDay
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Jewish Identity and the Banality of the Holocaust
51
From the Bombing of
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Copyright

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Joan B. Wolf is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University.

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