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Crises of memory and the Second World War

Author: Susan Rubin Suleiman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
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How we view ourselves and how we wish to be seen by others cannot be separated from the stories we tell about our past. In this sense all memory is in crisis, torn between conflicting motives of historical reflection, political expediency, and personal or collective imagination. In Crises of Memory and the Second World War, Susan Suleiman conducts a profound exploration of contested terrain, where individual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Rubin Suleiman
ISBN: 0674022068 9780674022065 9780674027626 0674027620
OCLC Number: 61859890
Description: x, 286 pages : portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Crises of memory. --
"Choosing our past": Jean-Paul Sartre as memoirist of Occupied France. --
Narrative desire: the "Aubrac affair" and national memory of the French Resistance. --
Commemorating the illustrious dead: Jean Moulin and André Malraux. --
History, memory, and moral judgment after the Holocaust: Marcel Ophuls's Hotel Terminus: the life and times of Klaus Barbie. --
Anamnesis: remembering Jewish identity in Central Europe after Communism: István Szabó's Sunshine. --
Revision: historical trauma and literary testimony: the Buchenwald memoirs of Jorge Semprun. --
Do facts matter in Holocaust memoirs?: Wilkomirski/Wiesel. --
The edge of memory: experimental writing and the 1.5 generation: Perec/Federman. --
Amnesia and amnesty: reflections on forgetting and forgiving.
Responsibility: Susan Rubin Suleiman.
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Explores contested terrain, where individual memories converge with public remembrance of traumatic events. This book argues that memories of World War II, while nationally specific, transcend  Read more...

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