Rethinking the Holocaust by Yehuda Bauer

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An overview and reconsideration of the Holocaust's history and meaning. Drawing on recent research, Yehuda Bauer offers opinions on such issues as how to define and explain the Holocaust; whether it can be compared with other genocides; and how Jews reacted to the murder campaign against them.

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Bauer is director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
Published December 11, 2000 by Yale University Press. 352 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Chapters on Jewish resistance and on theological responses have still wider interest: Bauer asserts persuasively, and provocatively, that Jewish resistance was significant in the sense that Jews were not merely passive objects, yet their rare and usually futile attempts are too easily exaggerated...

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Most fascinating for non-Jewish readers are the chapter on Jewish theological attempts to explain the Holocaust and Bauer's valuable synthesis and reexamination of some of the major interpretations of the Holocaust.

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There are other instances—his nod in the direction of women's studies as a method for understanding the difficult position of women in leadership positions, either in the resistance or with the Jewish Councils, is notable if weak—and all suggest that Bauer, who has been working on the history of...

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Rethinking the Holocaust is not only a book on Holocaust history but also a meditation on the writing and implications of this history by one of its most influential interpreters, Yehuda Bauer.

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At the second International Conference on the Holocaust and Education, held at the Yad Vashem Heroes' and Martyrs' Memorial authority in Jerusalem, Yehuda Bauer challenged the current generation of Holocaust scholars to move beyond the "memorialization" of the event to a study of its effects.

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