Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and the Claims of History
By (author) Berel Lang
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Post-Holocaust by Berel Lang
Book Description"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. Morgan In 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, editor
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253217288
(5983mm x 3971mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Berel Lang
Primo Levi, Hardback (January 2014)
The first intellectual biography of Primo Levi to describe the intersection of his roles as both chemist and writer
Holocaust, Paperback (November 2004)
A collection of primary and secondary readings that encourages scholars and students to engage critically with debates about the origins, implementation and postwar interpretation of the Holocaust. It encourages students to engage with philosophical, political, cultural and literary debate as well as historiographical issues.
Holocaust Representation, Paperback (July 2003)
At an extreme, all Holocaust representation must face the test of whether its referent would not be more authentically expressed by silence-that is, by the absence of representation.
Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide, Paperback (February 2003)» View all books by Berel Lang
This work is an analysis of the ideology, causal patterns, and means employed in the Nazi genocide against the Jews. It argues that the events of the genocide compel reconsideration of such moral concepts as individual and group responsibility, and the role of knowledge in ethical decisions.
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Author Biography - 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.
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