Post-Holocaust

Post-Holocaust : Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and the Claims of History

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"These essays are extremely well written, with the clarity and accessibility that one has come to expect from Berel Lang, one of the most respected and significant philosophers writing about the Holocaust and its impact." -Michael L. MorganIn these trenchant essays, philosopher Berel Lang examines post-Holocaust intepretations-and misinterpretations-showing the ways in which rhetoric and ideology have affected historical discourse about the Holocaust and how these accounts can be deconstructed. Why didn't the Jews resist? How could the Germans have done what they did? Why didn't more bystanders join in the rescue? In Lang's view, these questions become mischievous when the circumstances in which victims, perpetrators, and bystanders played their roles are omitted or obscured. To confront such issues adequately requires comparative and contextual evidence. Post-Holocaust addresses such questions as the place of the Holocaust in the Nazi project as a whole, the roles of revenge and forgiveness in post-Holocaust Jewish thinking, Holocaust commemoration as artifice or "business," and the relationship of the Holocaust to traditional antisemitism. Lang's analysis provides an incisive and fruitful basis for confronting these critical subjects.Jewish Literature and Culture-Alvin H. Rosenfeld, editorshow more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 16mm | 340.2g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253217288
  • 9780253217288
  • 883,015

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"These essays are extremely well written, with the clarity and accessibility that one has come to expect from Berel Lang, one of the most respected and significant philosophers writing about the Holocaust and its impact." Michael L. Morganshow more

About Berel Lang

Berel Lang is Professor of Humanities at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is author of Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide; Holocaust Representation: Art within the Limits of History and Ethics; and The Future of the Holocaust: Between History and Memory.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I. In the Matter of Justice1. The Nazi as Criminal: Inside and Outside the Holocaust2. Forgiveness, Revenge, and the Limits of Holocaust Justice3. Evil, Suffering, and the Holocaust4. Comparative Evil: Measuring Numbers, Degrees, People Part II. Language and Lessons5. The Grammar of Antisemitism6. The Unspeakable vs. the Testimonial: Holocaust Trauma in Holocaust History7. Undoing Certain Mischievous Questions about the Holocaust8. From the Particular to the Universal, and Forward: Representations and LessonsPart III. For and Against Interpretation9. Oskar Rosenfeld and Historiographic Realism (in Sex, Shit, and Status)10. Lachrymose without Tears: Misreading the Holocaust in American Life11. "Not Enough" vs. "Plenty": Which Did Pius XII?12. The Evil in Genocide13. Misinterpretation as the Author's Responsibility (Nietzsche's Fascism, for Instance)Afterword: Philosophy and/of the HolocaustNotesIndexshow more