Lessons and Legacies VI: New Currents in Holocaust Research

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Northwestern University Press, Sep 28, 2004 - History - 547 pages
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In the courtroom and the classroom, in popular media, public policy, and scholarly pursuits, the Holocaust-its origins, its nature, and its implications-remains very much a matter of interest, debate, and controversy. Arriving at a time when a new generation must come to terms with the legacy of the Holocaust or forever lose the benefit of its historical, social, and moral lessons, this volume offers a richly varied, deeply informed perspective on the practice, interpretation, and direction of Holocaust research now and in the future. In their essays the authors-an international group including eminent senior scholars as well those who represent the future of the field-set the agenda for Holocaust studies in the coming years, even as they give readers the means for understanding today's news and views of the Holocaust, whether in court cases involving victims and perpetrators; international, national, and corporate developments; or fictional, documentary, and historical accounts.

Several of the essays-such as one on nonarmed "amidah" or resistance and others on the role of gender in the behavior of perpetrators and victims-provide innovative and potentially significant interpretive frameworks for the field of Holocaust studies. Others; for instance, the rounding up of Jews in Italy, Nazi food policy in Eastern Europe, and Nazi anti-Jewish scholarship, emphasize the importance of new sources for reconstructing the historical record. Still others, including essays on the 1964 Frankfurt trial of Auschwitz guards and on the response of the Catholic Church to the question of German guilt, bring a new depth and sophistication to highly charged, sharply politicized topics. Together these essays will inform the future of the Holocaust in scholarly research and in popular understanding.
 

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Contents

Concentration Camps and Cultural Policy
5
The Relationship of the Auschwitz Camp to the Outside Environment Economy and Society
21
The Nazis and the Jews of Italy
37
II Resistance and Rescue
53
The Problem of NonArmed Jewish Reactions to nazi Rule in Eastern Europe
55
Motivation in Holocaust Rescue
69
Against All Odds
88
Women of Courage
112
Some Recent Trends in German Holocaust Research
285
Does Atrocity Have a Gender?
300
V Trials Compensation and Jewish Assets
323
Scales of Justice
325
Legitimating the Criminal State
352
German Compensation to Jewish Nazi Victims
373
Compensation Cases and the Nazi Past
413
HolocaustEra Assets
431

III German Scholars and the Holocaust
153
AntiJewish Research of the Institut zur Erforschung der Judenfrage in Frankfurt am Main between 1939 and 1945
155
Unasked Question
190
The Historiography of Horror
209
IV Historiography and the Challenges to Historians
231
Dan MichmanEuphoria of Victory as the Key
233
Browning and the Big Picture
252
New Research on the Holocaust in Poland
259
VI Confronting the Past
447
The Innocent Eye
449
How and Why Did Holocaust Memory Come to the United States?
457
Facing the Holocaust in France Belgium and the Netherlands
475
Excusing the Holocaust
487
Germanys Holocaust Memorial Problemand Mine
524
Notes on Contributors
543
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Jeffry M. Diefendorf is a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.

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