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The events of the Holocaust remain unthinkable to many men and women, as morally and intellectually baffling today as they were a half century ago. Inga Clendinnen seeks to dispel what she calls the "Gorgon effect:" the sickening of imagination and the draining of the will that afflict so many of us when we try to confront the horrors of this history. Clendinnen explores the experience of the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' points of view. She discusses the remarkable survivor testimonies of writers such as Primo Levi and Charlotte Delbo, the vexing issue of "resistance" in the camps, and survivors' strategies for understanding the motivations of the Nazi leadership. She focuses an anthropologist's precise gaze on the actions of the murderers in the police battalions and among the SS in the camps. Finally she considers how the Holocaust has been portrayed in poetry, fiction, and film. Searching and eloquent, Reading the Holocaust is an uncompromising attempt to extract the comprehensible--the recognizably human--from the unthinkable inhuman acts of the Holocaust. Inga Clendinnen is the author of Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570 and Aztecs: An Interpretation, both published by Cambridge University Press.

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Exploring the experience of the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' points of view, as it appears in histories, memoirs, films and poems, Inga Clendinnen seeks to dispel the sickening of imagination and curiosity and the draining of the will that afflict many who try to understand the Holocaust. Searching, eloquent, and elegantly written, the book is an uncompromising attempt to extract the comprehensible from the unthinkable.

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Clendinnen explores the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' points of view, as they appear in histories, memoirs, films and poems.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-223) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521645973
Author:
Clendinnen, Inga
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge England ;
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945), in literature
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Historiography.
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures.
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives -- History and criticism.
Publication Date:
19990328
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 half-tones 1 map
Pages:
238
Dimensions:
8.93x5.95x.58 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 238 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521645973 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Exploring the experience of the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' points of view, as it appears in histories, memoirs, films and poems, Inga Clendinnen seeks to dispel the sickening of imagination and curiosity and the draining of the will that afflict many who try to understand the Holocaust. Searching, eloquent, and elegantly written, the book is an uncompromising attempt to extract the comprehensible from the unthinkable.
"Synopsis" by , Clendinnen explores the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' points of view, as they appear in histories, memoirs, films and poems.
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