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Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony (George L. Mosse Program Series in European Cultural and Inte)

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Christopher R. Browning addresses some of the most heated controversies that have arisen from the use of postwar testimony: Hannah Arendt's uncritical acceptance of Adolf Eichmann's self-portrayal in Jerusalem; the conviction of Ivan Demjanuk (accused of being Treblinka death camp guard Ivan the Terrible) on the basis of survivor testimony and its subsequent reversal by the Israeli Supreme Court; the debate in Poland sparked by Jan Gross's use of both survivor and communist courtroom testimony in his book Neighbors; and the conflict between Browning himself and Daniel Goldhagen, author of Hitler's Willing Executioners, regarding methodology and interpretation in the use of pre-trial testimony.

Despite these controversies and challenges, Browning delineates the ways in which the critical use of such problematic sources can provide telling evidence for writing Holocaust history. He examines and discusses two starkly different sets of collected memories--the voluminous testimonies of notorious Holocaust perpetrator Adolf Eichmann and the testimonies of 175 survivors of an obscure complex of factory slave labor camps in the Polish town of Starachowice.

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Despite concerns regarding its reliability, postwar testimony of survivors remains an important source for writing the history of the Holocaust. Here, Browning (history, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) examines and discusses two starkly different sets of collected memories--the testimonies of notorious perpetrator Adolf Eichmann and the testimonies of 175 survivors of factory slave labor camps in Starachowice, Poland. The text is based upon a 2002 lecture delivered by Browning at the U. of Wisconsin-Madison.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Christopher R. Browning addresses some of the most heated controversies surrounding the use of postwar testimony: Hannah Arendt's uncritical acceptance of Eichmann's self-portrayal; the conviction of Ivan Demjanjuk on the basis of survivor testimony and its subsequent reversal by the Israeli Supreme Court; the debate in Poland sparked by Jan Gross's use of both survivor and communist courtroom testimony in his book "Neighbors; and the conflict between Browning and Daniel Goldhagen, author of "Hitler's Willing Executioners, regarding the use of pre-trial testimony. Despite these controversies and challenges, Browning delineates the ways in which the critical use of such problematic sources can provide telling evidence for writing Holocaust history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299189846
Author:
Browning, Christopher R.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Location:
Madison, Wis.
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Memory
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Edition Description:
1
Series:
George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
Series Volume:
v. 13.
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Christopher R. Browning addresses some of the most heated controversies surrounding the use of postwar testimony: Hannah Arendt's uncritical acceptance of Eichmann's self-portrayal; the conviction of Ivan Demjanjuk on the basis of survivor testimony and its subsequent reversal by the Israeli Supreme Court; the debate in Poland sparked by Jan Gross's use of both survivor and communist courtroom testimony in his book "Neighbors; and the conflict between Browning and Daniel Goldhagen, author of "Hitler's Willing Executioners, regarding the use of pre-trial testimony. Despite these controversies and challenges, Browning delineates the ways in which the critical use of such problematic sources can provide telling evidence for writing Holocaust history.
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