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Re-presenting the Shoah for the 21st Century

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Re-presenting the Shoah for the 21st Century

Edited by Ronit Lentin

352 pages, index

ISBN  978-1-57181-802-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (February 2004)

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Despite Adorno's famous dictum, the memory of the Shoah features prominently in the cultural legacy of the 20th century and beyond. It has led to a proliferation of works of representation and re-memorialization which have brought in their wake concerns about a 'holocaust industry' and banalization. This volume sheds fresh light on some of the issues, such as the question of silence and denial, of the formation of contemporary identities — German, East European, Jewish or Israeli, the consequences of the legacy of the Shoah for survivors and for the 'second generation,' and the political, ideological, and professional implications of Shoah historiography. One of the conclusions to be drawn from this volume is that the 'Auschwitz code,' invoked in relation to all 'unspeakable' catastrophes, has impoverished our vocabulary; it does not help us remember the Shoah and its victims, but rather erases that memory.

Ronit Lentin was born in Haifa prior to the establishment of the State of Israel and has lived in Ireland since 1969. She is a well known writer of fiction and non-fiction books and is course co-ordinator of the MPhil in Ethnic Studies at the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin. She has published extensively on the gendered link between Israel and the Shoah, feminist research methodologies, Israeli and Palestinian women’s peace activism, gender and racism in Ireland.

Subject: Genocide History Jewish Studies Memory Studies



Introduction: Postmemory, Unsayability and the Return of the Auschwitz Code
Ronit Lentin

Chapter 1. Categorial Murder, or: How to Remember the Holocaust
Zygmunt Bauman

Chapter 2. ‘The word passed away, as that world awakened’: On the (Im)possibility of Representation
Heidrun Friese

Chapter 3. Memory, Forgetting and Mourning Work: Deviant Narratives of Silence in the Gendered Relations between Israeli Zionism and the Shoah
Ronit Lentin

Chapter 4. Entering the World of a Holocaust Victim: Schoolchildren Discuss a Ghetto Memoir – a Case Study
Janina Bauman

Chapter 5. A Dual Perspective: Yaakov Shabtai and the Historian’s Account of the Deportation to Mauritius
Dalia Ofer

Chapter 6. Memory, Authenticity and Replication of the Shoah in Museums: Defensive Tools of the Nation
Andrea Tyndall

Chapter 7. Forbidden Laughter? The Politics and Ethics of the Holocaust Film Comedy
Yosefa Loshitzky

Chapter 8. Voice, Silence and Memory: The Escape from Auschwitz and the Israeli Historiography
Ruth Linn

Chapter 9. The Shoah and Marxism: Behind and Beyond Silence
Philip Spencer

Chapter 10. Re-presenting the Shoah in Poland and Poland in the Shoah
Annamaria Orla-Bukowska

Chapter 11. Denying the Holocaust where it Happened: Post-Communist East Central Europe and the Shoah
Michael Shafir

Chapter 12. Evoking and Revoking Auschwitz: Kosovo, Remembrance and German National Identity
Christine Achinger

Chapter 13. Exile, Daughterhood and Writing: Representing the Shoah as a Personal Memory
Esther Fuchs

Notes on Contributors

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