The Holocaust in American Life

The Holocaust in American Life

Details

Author(s)
Peter Novick
Format
Paperback | 382 pages
Dimensions
146 x 222 x 25.4mm | 442g
Publication date
16 Nov 2000
Publisher
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
Publication City/Country
Boston, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Mariner Books
ISBN10
0618082328
ISBN13
9780618082322
Bestsellers rank
734,915

Description

Prize-winning historian 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 absorbing 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?


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