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Description - Post-Holocaust by Berel Lang

In these trenchant essays, philosopher Berel Lang examines post-Holocaust interpretations - 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 anti-semitism. Lang's analysis provides an incisive and fruitful basis for confronting these critical subjects.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253217288
ISBN-10: 0253217288
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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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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