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American dreams and Nazi nightmares : early Holocaust consciousness and liberal America, 1957-1965

Author: Kirsten Lise Fermaglich; Koret Foundation.
Publisher: Waltham, Mass. : Brandeis University Press ; Hanover : University Press of New England, ©2006.
Series: Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life.
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"To a great extent, Holocaust consciousness in the contemporary United States has become intertwined with American Jewish identity and with support for right-wing Israeli politics - but this was not always the case. In this study, Kirsten Fermaglich demonstrates that in the late 1950s and early 1960s, many American Jewish writers and academics viewed the Nazi extermination of European Jewry as a subject of universal
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Fermaglich, Kirsten Lise.
American dreams and Nazi nightmares.
Waltham, Mass. : Brandeis University Press ; Hanover : University Press of New England, c2006
(OCoLC)607768300
Named Person: Stanley M Elkins; Betty Friedan; Stanley Milgram; Robert Jay Lifton; Betty Friedan; Robert Jay Lifton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten Lise Fermaglich; Koret Foundation.
ISBN: 1584655488 9781584655480
OCLC Number: 62615925
Notes: "This book was published with ... Koreat Foundation; An earlier version of chapter 2 was originally published in American Jewish History 91, no. 2 (June 2003): 205-32"--T.p. verso.
Description: xii, 252 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: "One of the lucky ones": Stanley Elkins and the concentration camp analogy in Slavery --
The "comfortable concentration camp" : the significance of Nazi imagery in Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique --
"An accident of geography": Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments --
Robert Jay Lifton and the survivor.
Series Title: Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life.
Other Titles: American Jewish history (Print)
Responsibility: Kirsten Fermaglich.
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"To a great extent, Holocaust consciousness in the contemporary United States has become intertwined with American Jewish identity and with support for right-wing Israeli politics - but this was not always the case. In this study, Kirsten Fermaglich demonstrates that in the late 1950s and early 1960s, many American Jewish writers and academics viewed the Nazi extermination of European Jewry as a subject of universal interest, with important lessons to be learned for the liberal reform of American politics.".

"Fermaglich analyzes the lives and writings of Stanley M. Elkins, Betty Friedan, Stanley Milgram, and Robert Jay Lifton, four social scientific thinkers whose work was shaped by a liberal perspective. Fermaglich demonstrates that liberalism in the United States in the 1960s was shaped more substantially by the Holocaust than we have previously recognized."--BOOK JACKET.

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