Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth by Moishe Postone, Eric L. Santner

By Moishe Postone, Eric L. Santner

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How should still we comprehend the relation of the Holocaust to the wider ancient strategies of the century simply ended? How will we clarify the bearing of the Holocaust on difficulties of illustration, reminiscence, memorialization, and ancient perform? those are a few of the questions explored through an esteemed team of students in Catastrophe and Meaning, the main major multiauthored booklet at the Holocaust in over a decade.

This assortment positive aspects essays that contemplate the function of anti-Semitism within the recounting of the Holocaust; where of the disaster within the narrative of twentieth-century historical past; the questions of enterprise and victimhood that the Holocaust conjures up; the afterlife of trauma in literature written concerning the tragedy; and the gaps in remembrance and comprehension that standard historic works fail to notice.
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Omer Bartov, Dan Diner, Debòrah Dwork, Saul Friedländer, Geoffrey Hartman, Dominick LaCapra, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Anson Rabinbach, Frank Trommler, Shulamit Volkov, Froma Zeitlin

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How I wanted to tell him the truth of my heart! But I remained silent and dutiful to my family, stepping back into the house bewildered and confused. Jacob Schützer and his wife, Regina, gave Rena a weekly allowance and asked Gizzy and Cili to lend Rena some nice clothes to wear to the dances and the movies. Rena spent her allowance on food for her parents, though. Going to the marketplace to meet their Gentile friends from Tylicz was the closest she could get to home, and she waited eagerly for those days.

Her eyes wince shut as if the breath itself were cutting her deep inside. Admiring myself in front of the mirror, I brush my hair for one hundred strokes while imagining that Andrzej is stooping for a kiss. Again and again I remember how his lips felt on mine. My heart races. " I confide this enormous secret to my reflection. We blush. With my nightdress on I crawl between cool, clean, cotton sheets and wait for Mama to come tuck me in. "Rena, you are practically glowing. " Page 13 "Nothing, Mama.

Papa paused, stroking his chin where his beard should have been. "You seem like a man of your word. " "I will see to it," Andrzej answered gallantly. "And I swear that with my life I'm going to guard her and not one hair is going to fall from her head. I give you my word of honor that I will bring her safely to Slovakia according to your wishes. I will hold only her hand because it is rough terrain, but I will not touch her, sir. " My father concluded their business with a handshake, but there was a look in his eyes I had never seen before, the appearance of complete humiliation and defeat.

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