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Undigested past : the Holocaust in Lithuania

Author: Robert van Voren
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2011.
Series: On the boundary of two worlds, 31.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a most honest, balanced and tactful attempt to promote self-reflection and self-understanding in two nations involved in a brutal genocide. If you are a Lithuanian or a Jew, after reading this book you have no other choice but to redefine your personal identity in order to answer the questions: What does it mean to be a Lithuanian? What does it mean to be a Lithuanian Jew? I thought I knew the answers, but I  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert van Voren
ISBN: 9789042033719 9042033711
OCLC Number: 744287606
Description: xi, 195 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Foreword by Leonidas DonskisIntroductionAcknowledgementsLithuanian Historical BackgroundOrigins of Anti-SemitismJewish Life in Lithuania between World WarsThe Holocaust in LithuaniaIssues of Compliance and CollaborationThe Human DimensionWhy Did it Happen?From Black and White to Shades of GreyConclusionBibliographyIndexAbout the Author
Series Title: On the boundary of two worlds, 31.
Responsibility: Robert van Voren.

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This is a most honest, balanced and tactful attempt to promote self-reflection and self-understanding in two nations involved in a brutal genocide. If you are a Lithuanian or a Jew, after reading this book you have no other choice but to redefine your personal identity in order to answer the questions: What does it mean to be a Lithuanian? What does it mean to be a Lithuanian Jew? I thought I knew the answers, but I was wrong.Levas Kovarskis, psychoanalystAs Lithuanians, we need to face the deep and painful reflections of the events highlighted in this remarkable book. A great deal of work is needed on both sides to restore trust between Jews and Lithuanians and, for those not afraid to do so, reading this book is a very good first step.Danius Puras, psychiatristDespite the multitude of available works on the Holocaust, this admirably concise, yet detailed, volume will be an eye-opener for many - probably most - of its readers. Particularly valuable is its comparative (not contrastive) survey of the behavior of many in Lithuania and The Netherlands during and after the Second World War. In no sense is this book 'anti-Lithuanian', for, as the author well realizes, it was not only the Jews in that country who suffered terribly under Nazi and Soviet occupation. This monograph deserves a very wide readership, especially in Lithuania.Martin Dewhirst, University of Glasgow, Scotland.--

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"Undigested Past is a metaphor for the main theme, contemporary Lithuania's unwillingness to acknowledge fully and honestly a disturbing feature of its recent history, the Holocaust. In a concise yet Read more...

 
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