Perversion of Holocaust Memory - Judith M. Hughes

Perversion of Holocaust Memory

Writing and Rewriting the Past after 1989

In the early years of the 21st century it appeared that the memory of the Holocaust was secure in Western Europe; that, in order to gain entry into the European Union, the countries of Eastern Europe would have to acknowledge their compatriots’ complicity in genocide. Les mer
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In the early years of the 21st century it appeared that the memory of the Holocaust was secure in Western Europe; that, in order to gain entry into the European Union, the countries of Eastern Europe would have to acknowledge their compatriots’ complicity in genocide. Fifteen year later, the landscape looks starkly different. Shedding fresh light on these developments, The Perversion of Holocaust Memory explores the politicization and distortion of Holocaust remembrance since 1989.

This innovative book opens with an analysis of events across Europe which buttressed confidence in the stability of Holocaust memory and brought home the full extent of nations' participation in the Final Solution. And yet, as Judith M. Hughes reveals in later chapters, mainstream accountability began to crumble as the 21st century progressed: German and Jewish suffering was equated; anti-Semitic rhetoric re-entered contemporary discourse; populist leaders side-stepped inconvenient facts; and, more recently with the revival of ethno-nationalism, Holocaust remembrance has been caught in the backlash of the European refugee crisis.

The four countries analyzed here – France, Germany, Hungary, and Poland – could all claim to be victims of Nazi Germany, the Allies or the Communist Soviet Union but they were also all perpetrators. Ultimately, it is this complex legacy which Hughes adroitly untangles in her sophisticated study of Holocaust memory in modern Europe.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Academic
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 160
ISBN: 9781350281875
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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«Judith Hughes has written a clear, balanced, and well-informed account of the slow and painful emergence of Holocaust memory in the public sphere and of the current backlash against it. This excellent book cuts against both nationalist obfuscation and allegedly progressive attempts to relativize or marginalize the mass murder of the Jews. Highly recommended for college classroom use and for anyone wishing to set the record straight on the struggle for historical truth.»

Omer Bartov, Professor of European History and German Studies, Brown University, USA
Preface
Introduction
1. The Papon Affair
2. Germans in the Dock
3. Victims, Jewish and German
4. From Holodomor to Holocaust
5. Revising History, Reviving Nationalism
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
Judith M. Hughes is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California San Diego, USA. She is the author of several books, including The Holocaust and the Revival of Psychological History (2014), From Obstacle to Ally: The Evolution of Pyschoanalytic Practice (2004) and Freudian Analysts/Feminist Issues (1999).