Lessons and Legacies V: The Holocaust and Justice

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September 2002



The Holocaust and justice: How can one link these terms, given the enormity of the Holocaust? Is justice possible for a crime of such magnitude? If so, what kind of justice: In the courts? Before the bar of history? Retrospective as well as contemporary? Divine? Weighing these questions and their considerable implications, a group of distinguished scholars attempt to untangle the complex and often contradictory conjunction of the Holocaust and justice. What were the political, social, psychological, and ideological prerequisites for this tragedy, the contributors ask, seeking an historical context. What animated the murderers and what agencies did they work through? Considering the courts and trials, from those during and immediately after the war to recent cases against aging perpetrators, they examine the legal circumstances for trying to provide justice, the dimming impact of passing time, and other issues that complicate litigation. Their inquiry extends to questions about memory-how it is shaped and reshaped and whether it can be reliable-and about the recreation of the events of the Holocaust for a second generation: Does reassembling the evidence of the Holocaust through the lenses of a later generation provide a deeper understanding, and does this understanding include a sense of justice accomplished? In raising and responding to these questions in a balanced, multifaceted, and informative way, this volume sharpens and deepens our understanding of a topic that has only become more perplexing and pressing with time.


Ronald Smelser is professor of history at the University of Utah.
EAN: 9780810119154
ISBN: 0810119153
Untertitel: 'Lessons and Legacies (Hardcove'. Empfohlen ab 20 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2002
Seitenanzahl: 401 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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