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Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction (Perspectives on the Holocaust)by Lisa Silverman
Synopses & Reviews
Holocaust Representations in History is an introduction to critical questions and debates surrounding the depiction, chronicling and memorialization of the Holocaust through the historical analysis of some of the most provocative and significant works of Holocaust representation.
In a series of chronologically presented case studies, the book introduces the major themes and issues of Holocaust representation across a variety of media and genres, including film, drama, literature, photography, visual art, television, graphic novels, and memorials. The case studies presented not only include well-known, commercially successful, and canonical works about the Holocaust, such as the film Shoah and Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, but also controversial examples that have drawn accusations of profaning the memory of the genocide. Each work's specific historical and cultural significance is then discussed to provide further insight into the impact of one of the most devastating events of the 20th century and the continued relevance of its memory.
Complete with illustrations, a bibliography and suggestions for further reading, key terms and discussion questions, this is an important book for any student keen to know more about the Holocaust and its impact.
About the Author
Daniel H. Magilow is Associate Professor of German at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.
Lisa Silverman is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
Table of Contents
Part I - The 1940s and 1950s
1. The Boy in the Warsaw Ghetto (photograph, 1943)
2. Nazi Concentration Camps (documentary film, 1945)
3. Yizker-bukh Chelm (memorial book, 1954)
4. The Diary of Anne Frank (drama, 1955)
5. Night (memoir, 1958)
Part II - The 1960s and 1970s
6. Eichmann in Jerusalem (magazine reports, 1963)
7. The Deputy (drama, 1963)
8. The Night Porter (film, 1974)
9. Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss (television, 1978)
Part III - The 1980s and 1990s
10. Shoah (film, 1985)
11. Maus (graphic novel, 1991)
12. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (museum, 1993)
13. Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood (fiction, 1996)
Part IV - The 2000s until Today
14. The Children's Holocaust Memorial and Paper Clip Project (memorial, 2001)
15. Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery / Recent Art (visual art, 2002)
16. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (memorial, 2005)
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