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FR252 Further Reading

Further reading for 2022-23 syllabus:

Week 1. Introduction and historical context

Seán Hand and Steven Katz (eds.), Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955 (New York: New York University Press, 2015)

Robert O. Paxton, Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order, 1940-1944 (New York: Columbia, 2001)

Michael Marrus and Robert O. Paxton, Vichy France and the Jews (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995)

Julian Jackson, France the Dark Years, 1940-1944 (Oxford: OUP, 2001)

Henry Rousso, Le Syndrome de Vichy (Paris: Seuil, 1987)

Further resources

The Fondation de la Shoah hosts the official archives of Vichy's Commissariat Général aux Questions Juives, now known as the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine. Do have a look at their website, which hosts online information, exhibitions and some digitised archival material.

The British National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire hosts archives and further information on the Holocaust. You can watch survivors, including those who survived the Lodz ghetto in which Wiesel was interned, giving their testimony on the Centre's website

The Imperial War Museum likewise offers a range of resources linked to its permanent Holocaust collection.

Weeks 2 and 3. Elie Wiesel, La Nuit

Colin Davis, Elie Wiesel's Secretive Texts (1994)

Ellen Fine, Legacy of Night: the literary universe of Elie Wiesel (1982)

Naomi Seidman, 'Elie Wiesel and the Scandal of Jewish Rage' in Jewish Social Studies, 3:1 (Autumn 1996), 1-19.

Weeks 4 and 5. Helene Berr, Journal

Nathan Bracher, ‘Hélène Berr et l'écriture de l'histoire’, French Politics, Culture & Society, 32: 1 (2014), pp. 4-25.

A whole range of resources has been prepared by the Fondation de la Shoah in Paris which are well worth exploring, including the 'Dossier' for schoolchildren

Weeks 7 and 8. Patrick Modiano, Dora Bruder

Howell on Dora Bruder 

Gratton on postmemory and Modiano

Schulte-Nordholt on Photography and Images in Dora Bruder

William VanderWolk, Rewriting the Past: memory, history and narration in the novels of Patrick Modiano (Amsterdam, 1997)

Modiano's Nobel Prize Speech, 7 December 2014 

Weeks 9 and 10. Yannick Haenel, Jan Karski

Helena Duffy, ‘The Ethics of Metawitnessing in Yannick Haenel’s Jan Karski’, Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, 32:1 (2018), pp, 1-21.

General Further Reading:

Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub, Testimony: crises of witnessing in literature, psychoanalysis and history (London, 1992)

Saul Friedlander (ed.), Probing the Limits of Representation. Nazism and the “Final Solution”, (Cambridge, Mass., 1992)

Seán Hand and Steven Katz (eds.), Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955 (New York: New York University Press, 2015) Especially Introduction

Lawrence D. Kritzman (ed.), Auschwitz and After (New York and London, 1995)

Berel Lang (ed.), Writing and the Holocaust (New York, 1988)

Lawrence Langer, The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination (New Haven, 1975)

Henry Rousso, The Haunting Past: history, memory, and justice in contemporary France (Philadelphia, 2002)

Caroline Alice Wiedmer, The claims of memory: representations of the Holocaust in contemporary Germany and France (London, 1999)

Useful internet links include the following:

David Lees article on 'La Rafle du Vel d'hiv': 'Remembering the Vel d'hiv roundup,' for Warwick's 'Knowledge Centre', July 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy proposes to CRIF that every child in CM2 should learn about a child victim of the Shoah:

For general questions of memorialisation, consult the following:

E.W. Clowes:

Ewa Wolentarska-Ochmann:

Robert Braun:

James E. Young: (especially, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia)

Talks given by Visiting Fellow Professor Steve Katz during his Warwick IAS residency in 2011:

The Holocaust in historical context
The 'deep structure' of Auschwitz 

Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust

For additional general research, you can consult the BBC Holocaust archive.

There is general information and a list of events at the UN 2012 Holocaust Remembrance Programme site.