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Aversion and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim After the Holocaust

Carolyn J. Dean

Abstract

This book offers a bold account of how the Holocaust's status as humanity's most terrible example of evil has shaped contemporary discourses about victims in the West. Popular and scholarly attention to the Holocaust has led some observers to conclude that a “surfeit of Jewish memory” is obscuring the suffering of other peoples. The text explores the pervasive idea that suffering and trauma in the United States and Western Europe have become central to identity, with victims competing for recognition by displaying their collective wounds. It argues that this notion has never been examined syst ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, humanity, Jewish memory, identity, victims, European Jewry, race, sexuality, gender, Nazism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449444
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449444.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn J. Dean, author
Yale University

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