Jewish Histories of the Holocaust: New Transnational Approaches (Making Sense of History 19)
By: Norman J. W. Goda (editor)Hardback
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For many years, histories of the Holocaust focused on its perpetrators, and only recently have more scholars begun to consider in detail the experiences of victims and survivors, as well as the documents they left behind. This volume contains new research from internationally established scholars. It provides an introduction to and overview of Jewish narratives of the Holocaust. The essays include new considerations of sources ranging from diaries and oral testimony to the hidden Oyneg Shabbes archive of the Warsaw Ghetto; arguments regarding Jewish narratives and how they fit into the larger fields of Holocaust and Genocide studies; and new assessments of Jewish responses to mass murder ranging from ghetto leadership to resistance and memory.
Norman J.W. Goda is the Norman and Irma Braman Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida. His publications include Tomorrow the World: Hitler, Northwest Africa and the Path Towards America (1998); Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War (2007); and The Holocaust: Europe, the World, and the Jews (2013).
List of Illustrations Introduction Norman J.W. Goda PART I: THEORETICAL OVERVIEWS Chapter 1. The Jewish Dimension of the Holocaust in Dire Straits? Current Challenges of Interpretation and Scope Dan Michman Chapter 2. The Holocaust as Regional History: Explaining the Bloodlands Timothy Snyder PART II: NEW APPROACHES TO JEWISH LEADERSHIP Chapter 3. An Overwhelming Presence: Reflections on Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski and His Place in Our Understanding of the Lodz Ghetto Gordon Horwitz Chapter 4. Similarity and Differences: A Comparative Study between the Ghettos in Bialystok and Kielce Sara Bender PART III: DOCUMENTATION, TESTIMONY, AND EXPERIENCE Chapter 5. Diaries, Testimony, and Jewish Histories of the Holocaust Alexandra Garbarini Chapter 6. The Voice of Your Brother's Blood: Biography of the Town of Buczacz Omer Bartov Chapter 7. "If He Knows How to Make a Child": Memories of Birth and Baby-Killing in Jewish Testimony Narratives Sara Horowitz Chapter 8. "Why Didn't They Mow Us Down Right Away?" The Death March Experience in Survivors' Testimonies and Memoirs Daniel Blatman PART IV: RETHINKING SELF-HELP AND RESISTANCE Chapter 9. Documenting Catastrophe: The Ringelblum Archive and the Warsaw Ghetto Samuel Kassow Chapter 10. Integrating Self-Help into the Narrative of Survival in Western Europe Bob Moore Chapter 11. Jewish Communists in France During World War II: Resistance and Identity Renee Poznanski Chapter 12. Freedom and Death: The Jews and the Greek Andartiko Steven Bowman PART V: AFTERMATH: POLITICS, AESTHETICS, AND MEMORY Chapter 13. Contested Memory: A Story of a Kapo In Auschwitz Tuvia Friling Chapter 14. Pressure Groups in the American and British Administrations During and After World War II Arieh J. Kochavi Chapter 15. Travelling to Germany and Poland: Toward a Textual Montage of Jewish Emotions After the Holocaust Michael Meng Selected Bibliography List of Contributors Index
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