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Reading the Holocaust

Author: Inga Clendinnen
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The events of the Holocaust remain 'unthinkable' to many men and women, as morally and intellectually baffling as they were half a century ago. Inga Clendinnen challenges our bewilderment.

She seeks to dispel what she calls the Gorgon effect: the sickening of the imagination and the draining of the will that afflict so many of us when we try to confront the horrors of this history.

Clendinnen explores the experience of the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' point of view.

She discusses the remarkable survivor testimonies of writers such as Primo Levi and Charlotte Delbo, the vexed issue of 'resistance' in the camps, and strategies for understanding the motivations of the Nazi leadership. She focuses an.

Anthropologist's precise gaze on the actions of the murderers in the police battalions and among the SS in the camps.

And she considers how the Holocaust has been portrayed in poetry, fiction, and film.  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Erlebnisbericht
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Personal narratives
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Inga Clendinnen
ISBN: 0521641748 9780521641746 0521645972 9780521645973 9780521012690 0521012694
OCLC Number: 40510489
Awards: Winner of Premier's Award for General History.
Winner of National Jewish Book Award (Holocaust) 1999
Description: ix, 227 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Beginning --
Impediments --
Part I. Victims: Witnessing --
Resisting --
Part II. Perpetrators: Defining: inside the grey zone: the Auschwitz Sonderkommando --
Leaders --
The men in the green tunics: the order police in Poland --
The Auschwitz SS --
Representing the Holocaust.
Responsibility: Inga Clendinnen.
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Clendinnen explores the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' points of view, as they appear in histories, memoirs, films and poems.  Read more...


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'... a brave, towering book which deserves to become famous ...'. The Australian Book Review 'This is a deeply humane book; one need only listen to a current news report to understand why it is a Read more...

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