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

Post-Holocaust

Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and the Claims of History

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Published: 18th January 2005
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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. 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

"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 is impact."

In the Matter of Justice
The Nazi as Criminal: Inside and Outside the Holocaust
Forgiveness, Revenge, and the Limits of Holocaust Justice
Evil, Suffering, and the Holocaust
Comparative Evil: Measuring Numbers, Degrees, People
Language and Lessons
The Grammar of Antisemitism
The Unspeakable vs. the Testimonial: Holocaust Trauma in Holocaust History
Undoing Certain Mischievous Questions about the Holocaust
From the Particular to the Universal, and Forward: Representations and Lessons
For and Against Interpretation
Oskar Rosenfeld and Historiographic Realism (in Sex, Shit, and Status)
Lachrymose without Tears: Misreading the Holocaust in American Life
"Not Enough" vs. "Plenty": Which Did Pius XII?
The Evil in Genocide
Misinterpretation as the Author's Responsibility (Nietzsche's Fascism, for Instance) Afterword: Philosophy and/of the Holocaust
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ISBN: 9780253217288
ISBN-10: 0253217288
Series: Jewish Literature & Culture (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 18th January 2005
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.95  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.35