Contemporary Responses to the Holocaust

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Konrad Kwiet, Jürgen Matthäus
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - History - 287 pages
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The murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust is a crime that has had a lasting and massive impact on our time. Despite the immense, ever-increasing body of Holocaust literature and representation, no single interpretation can provide definitive answers. Shaped by different historical experiences, political and national interests, our approximations of the Holocaust remain elusive. Holocaust responses--past, present, and future--reflect our changing understanding of history and the shifting landscapes of memory. This book takes stock of the attempts within and across nations to come to terms with the murders.

Volume editors establish the thematic and conceptual framework within which the various Holocaust responses are being analyzed. Specific chapters cover responses in Germany and in Eastern Europe; the Holocaust industry; Jewish ultra-Orthodox reflections; and the Jewish intellectuals' search for a new Jewish identity. Experts comment upon the changes in Christian-Jewish relations since the Holocaust; the issue of restitution; and post-1945 responses to genocide. Other topics include Holocaust education, Holocaust films, and the national memorial landscapes in Germany, Poland, Israel, and the United States.


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Contemporary Research on the Holocaust
Contemporary Responses to the Shoah in Germany and Eastern Europe
The Holocaust Industry? Reflections on a History of the Critique of Holocaust Representation
Beliefs and Identity
Changes in ChristianJewish Relations since the Holocaust
UltraOrthodox Reflections on the Holocaust 1945 to the Present
A Third Partner of World Jewry? The Role of the Memory of the Shoah in the Search for a New PresentDay European Jewish Identity
Undoing the Past
Paying for the Past Germany and the Jewish World
Education Media and Memory
The Holocaust Representing Lasting Images in Film and Literature
Teaching the Holocaust Today
Holocaust Museums in Germany Poland Israel and the United States
About the Editors and Contributors

The State of Holocaust Negation

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KONRAD KWIET is Adjunct Professor in Jewish Studies and Roth Lecturer in Holocaust Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is also Resident Historian at the Sydney Jewish Museum.

JÜRGEN MATTHÄUS works as an historian at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington DC.

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