The End of the Holocaust

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Indiana University Press, Apr 20, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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In this provocative work, Alvin H. Rosenfeld contends that the proliferation of books, films, television programs, museums, and public commemorations related to the Holocaust has, perversely, brought about a diminution of its meaning and a denigration of its memory. Investigating a wide range of events and cultural phenomena, such as Ronald Reagan's 1985 visit to the German cemetery at Bitburg, the distortions of Anne Frank's story, and the ways in which the Holocaust has been depicted by such artists and filmmakers as Judy Chicago and Steven Spielberg, Rosenfeld charts the cultural forces that have minimized the Holocaust in popular perceptions. He contrasts these with sobering representations by Holocaust witnesses such as Jean Améry, Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, and Imre Kertész. The book concludes with a powerful warning about the possible consequences of "the end of the Holocaust" in public consciousness.

 

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this story is nice and sad the reason why they want to get rid of jewish becuase they got sick of them and the nazi try to gwt rid of them and kill them

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why i can't read page 239?

Contents

Introduction
1
Popular Culture and the Politics of Memory
14
The Rhetoric of Victimization
33
The Americanization of the Holocaust
51
Anne Frank The Posthumous Years
95
The Anne Frank We Remember The Anne Frank We Forget
140
Jean Améry The Anguish of the Witness
163
Primo Levi The Survivor as Victim
185
Surviving Survival Elie Wiesel and Imre Kertész
213
The End of the Holocaust
238
A Second Holocaust?
271
Notes
281
Index
299
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Alvin H. Rosenfeld holds the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and is Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature (1980) and Imagining Hitler (1985), and editor of Thinking about the Holocaust: After Half a Century (1997) and Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives (2013), all published by Indiana University Press.

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