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Successes and failures to give meaning to death after 1945

Books for discussion

Connelly, Mark, We can take it! Britain and the Memory of the Second World War (London, 2004).

LaCapra, Dominick, History and Memory after Auschwitz (Ithaca, 1998).

Young, James, The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning (New Haven, 1993).

Core Texts

Koonz, Claudia, ‘Between Memory and Oblivion: Concentration Camps in German Memory’, in Gillis, Commemorations, pp. 258-280.

Wieviorka, Annette, ‘From Survivor to Witness: Voices from the Shoah’, Sivan/Winter, War and Remembrance, pp. 125-141.

Wróbel, Piotr, ‘Double Memory: Poles and Jews after the Holocaust, East European Politics and Societies, 11 (1997), pp. 560-574.


Further Reading

Edkins, Jenny, Trauma and the Memory of Politics (Cambridge, 2003), pp. 111-214 [= Chapter 4: Concentration Camp Memorials and Museums: Dachau and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum; Chapter 5: Testimony and Sovereign Power after Auschwitz: Holocaust Witness and Kosovo Refugees].

Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering (London, 2000) (and the debates around this book).

Geyer, Michael, ‘The Place of the Second World War in German Memory and History’, New German Critique, 71 (1997), pp. 5-40.

Hoffenberg, P.H., ‘Landcsape, Memory and the Australian War Experience’ Journal of Contemporary History 26 (2001), pp. 111-31.

Jarausch, Konrad H. and Michael Geyer (eds), Shattered Past: Reconstructing German Histories (Princeton, 2003).

Merridale, Catherine, Night of Stone – Death and Memory in Russia (London, 2000).

Popkin, Jeremy D., ‘Holocaust Memories, Historians’ Memoirs’, History and Memory 15 (2003), pp. 49-84. MUSE

Weiner, Amir, ‘The Making of a Dominant Myth: The Second World War and the Construction of Political Identities within the Soviet Polity’, Russian Review, 55 (1996), pp. 638-660.

Zerubavel, Rael, ‘The Death of Memory and the Memory of Death: Masada and the Holocaust as Historical Metaphors’, Representations 45 (1994), pp. 72-100.

Zertal, Idith, ‘From the People’s Hall to the Wailing Wall: A Study in Memory, Fear, and War’, Representations, 69 (2000), pp. 96-126.

Zimmerman, Joshua D., Contested Memories: Poles and Jews during the Holocaust and Its Aftermath ( New Brunswick, 2003).