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An edition of The Holocaust in American Life (1999)

The Holocaust in American life

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"How has the Holocaust come to loom so large in American life." "Peter Novick illuminates the reasons Americans ignored the Holocaust for so long - how dwelling on German crimes interfered with cold war mobilization; how American Jews not wanting to be thought of as victims, avoided the subject. He explores in detail the decisions that later moved the Holocaust to the center of American life: Jewish leaders invoking its memory to muster support for Israel and to come out on top in a sordid competition over what group had suffered most; politicians using it to score points with Jewish voters." "With insight and sensitivity, Novick raises searching questions about these developments. Have American Jews, by making the Holocaust the emblematic Jewish experience, given Hitler a posthumous victory, tacitly endorsing his definition of Jews as despised pariahs? Does the Holocaust really teach useful lessons and sensitize us to atrocities, or, by making the Holocaust the measure, does it make lesser crimes seem not so bad ? What are we to make of the fact that while Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars for museums recording a European crime, there is no museum of American slavery?"--BOOK JACKET.

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Houghton Mifflin
Language
English
Pages
373

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1999, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
in English
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Table of Contents

We knew in a general way --
If our brothers had shown more compassion --
The abandonment of the Jews --
The DP camps have served their historic purpose --
That is the past and we must deal with the facts today --
Not in the best interests of Jewry --
Selfhating Jewess writes pro-Eichmann series --
A bill submitted for sufferings rendered --
Would they hide my children? --
To bigotry no sanction --
Never again the slaughter of the Albigensians --
We are not equipped to answer.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-352) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
940.53/18
Library of Congress
D804.45.U55 N68 1999, D804.45.U55N68 1999, D804.45.U55 N68 2000, D804.45.U55 N68 1999eb

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Pagination
373 p. ;
Number of pages
373

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24764599M
Internet Archive
holocaustinameri00novi
ISBN 10
0395840090
ISBN 13
9780395840092
LCCN
99020074
OCLC/WorldCat
40954040, 47030595, 44964303, 99020074

Work Description

Prize-winning historian Peter Novick illuminates the reasons Americans ignored the Holocaust for so long -- how dwelling on German crimes interfered with Cold War mobilization; how American Jews, not wanting to be thought of as victims, avoided the subject. He explores in absorbing detail the decisions that later moved the Holocaust to the center of American life: Jewish leaders invoking its memory to muster support for Israel and to come out on top in a sordid competition over what group had suffered most; politicians using it to score points with Jewish voters. With insight and sensitivity, Novick raises searching questions about these developments. Have American Jews, by making the Holocaust the emblematic Jewish experience, given Hitler a posthumous victory, tacitly endorsing his definition of Jews as despised pariahs? Does the Holocaust really teach useful lessons and sensitize us to atrocities, or, by making the Holocaust the measure, does it make lesser crimes seem "not so bad"? What are we to make of the fact that while Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars for museums recording a European crime, there is no museum of American slavery? - Publisher.

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