Preempting the Holocaust by Professor Lawrence L. Langer

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Lawrence L. Langer, perhaps the most important literary critic of the Holocaust, here explores the use of Holocaust themes in literature, memoirs, film, and painting. Langer focuses his attention on a variety of controversial issues: the attempt of a number of commentators to appropriate the subject of the Holocaust for private moral agendas; the ordeal of women in the concentration camps; the conflicting claims of individual and community survival in the Kovno ghetto; the current tendency to conflate the Holocaust with other modern atrocities, thereby blurring the distinctive features of each; and the sporadic impulse to shift the emphasis from the crime, the criminals, and the victimized to the question of forgiveness and the need for healing. He concludes with some reflections on the challenge of teaching the Holocaust to generations of students who know less and less of its history but continue to manifest an eager curiosity about its human impact and psychological roots.

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About the Editor: Lawrence L. Langer is Professor of English at Simmons College in Boston. Winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for Holocaust Testimonies, he has also written Versions of Survival, The Age of Atrocity, and The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination.
Published October 11, 1998 by Yale University Press. 228 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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At a time when the daily newspapers are filled with renewed versions of genocide and atrocity, but also a time in which the last of the perpetrators of the Holocaust and their victims are dying of old age, this volume is a useful corrective to the foolish sentimentalizing of these events or their...

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""Anyone teaching [the Holocaust] must be willing to confront behavior that cannot be explained by prior notions of why we do what we do."" In this collection of essays, most of which were delivered at Holocaust conferences, Langer, author of the NBCC prize-winning Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruin...

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