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

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Januar 2005



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 antisemitism. Lang's analysis provides an incisive and fruitful basis for confronting these critical subjects.


Part I. In the Matter of Justice1. The Nazi as Criminal: Inside and Outside the Holocaust 2. Forgiveness, Revenge, and the Limits of Holocaust Justice 3. Evil, Suffering, and the Holocaust 4. Comparative Evil: Measuring Numbers, Degrees, People Part II. Language and Lessons5. The Grammar of Antisemitism 6. The Unspeakable vs. the Testimonial: Holocaust Trauma in Holocaust History 7. Undoing Certain Mischievous Questions about the Holocaust 8. 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 Life 11. "Not Enough" vs. "Plenty": Which Did Pius XII? 12. The Evil in Genocide 13. Misinterpretation as the Author's Responsibility (Nietzsche's Fascism, for Instance)Afterword: Philosophy and/of the Holocaust


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.


"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
EAN: 9780253217288
ISBN: 0253217288
Untertitel: 'Jewish Literature & Culture (P'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 200 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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