Lessons and Legacies I: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World

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Northwestern University Press, Aug 1, 1991 - History - 373 pages
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Winner of the 1992 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Nearly half a century after the Nazi massacre of the Jews in Europe, the Holocaust is now moving from the domain of experience to that of history. It is becoming the subject of recorded rather than living memory. Is real comprehension of the development and horror of the Nazi onslaught accessible to us? If so, through what intellectual processes or categories of understanding, and in the face of what temptations or diversions? How can we preserve, expand, and apply our knowledge of why and how barbarity came to prevail? What meaning can present and future generations derive from the catastrophe? These are the vital questions addressed by the essays in this volume.
 

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Contents

Raul Hilberg
11
Themes
23
Some Comparisons
36
Ideology State Power and Mass MurderGenocide
47
The History of Evil and the Future of the Holocaust
90
The Use and Misuse of the Holocaust
106
Aspects of Contemporary
120
Hans Mommsen
141
Initiation to Mass Murder
196
Nechama
210
Encounters
227
The Case of Anne Frank
243
Shoah Heroism
279
Detecting Potentially Genocidal
305
The Impact of Holocaust
316
Geoffrey H Hartman
329

The Language of Power
155
Robert Gellately
178
Notes on the Contributors
337
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Peter Hayes is associate professor of history and German at Northwestern University. He is the author of Industry and Ideology: I. G. Farben in the Nazi Era.

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