Thinking about the Holocaust: After Half a Century

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Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Indiana University Press, 1997 M11 22 - 352 pages
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"... stimulating and important anthology..." -- Holocaust and Genocide Studies

"... a useful and competent volume that can serve as a good introduction to scholarship on the aftermath of the Holocaust." -- Times Literary Supplement

More than 50 years after the end of World War II, how do we look back upon and understand the nature and consequences of that catastrophic event? What kind of historical consciousness has developed over the past half century with respect to the Nazi destruction of European Jewry? These questions are explored by a distinguished international group of scholars who draw on history, literature, memory, memorials, and the representation of the Holocaust in the culture to assess the impact of the Holocaust on postwar consciousness.

 

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Contents

The Jew in Postwar
18
Holocaust Movies and the Politics of Collective Memory
38
The Holocaust and World War II as Elements of
61
The Zionist Leadership between the Holocaust and
83
The Americanization of the Holocaust
119
History and Identity in PostHolocaust
151
American Jews during
182
The Jewish
213
World War II in Postwar German Memory
233
Official History and
273
A Morphological
300
CONTRIBUTORS
319
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Alvin H. Rosenfeld is Professor of English and Director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University. His books include Confronting the Holocaust: The Impact of Elie Wiesel, A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature, and Imagining Hitler.

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