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The Holocaust in American life

Author: Peter Novick
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
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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  Read more...
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Novick, Peter, 1934-
Holocaust in American life.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
(DLC) 99020074
(OCoLC)40954040
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Novick
ISBN: 0585190577 9780585190570 9780547349619 0547349610
OCLC Number: 44964303
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Awards: Short-listed for L.A. Times Book Prize (History) 1999
Description: 1 online resource (373 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: The War Years --
"We Knew in a General Way" --
"If Our Brothers Had Shown More Compassion" --
"The Abandonment of the Jews" --
The Postwar Years --
"The DP Camps Have Served Their Historic Purpose" --
"That Is Past, and We Must Deal with the Facts Today" --
"Not in the Best Interests of Jewry" --
The Years of Transition --
"Self-Hating Jewess Writes Pro-Eichmann Series" --
"A Bill Submitted 'for Sufferings Rendered'" --
"Would They Hide My Children?" --
Recent Years --
"To Bigotry No Sanction" --
"Never Again the Slaughter of the Albigensians" --
Future Years --
"We Are Not Equipped to Answer."
Responsibility: Peter Novick.
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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?"--Jacket.

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