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Advancing Holocaust Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Carol Rittner, John K. Roth


224 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The growing field of Holocaust studies confronts a world wracked by antisemitism, immigration and refugee crises, human rights abuses, mass atrocity crimes, threats of nuclear war, and environmental degradation. What does it mean to advance Holocaust studies—what are learning and teaching about the Holocaust for—in such dire straits? Vast resources support study and memorialization of the Holocaust. What assumptions govern that investment? What are its major successes and failures, challenges and prospects? Across thirteen chapters, Advancing Holocaust Studies shows how leading scholars grapple with those tough questions.

Table of Contents

Prologue: What’s It For?

Carol Rittner and John K. Roth

Chronology: Events Advancing Holocaust Studies, 1945–2020

Carol Rittner and John K. Roth

Part One: Journeys

1. Places I Have Been

John K. Roth

2. Peripheral Vision

Sara R. Horowitz

3. Living Alongside the Holocaust: A Personal and Professional Journey

Edward T. Linenthal

4. The Memorialist

James E. Young

Part Two: Challenges

5. Holocaust Studies: A Compass

Debórah Dwork

6. Thinking Back and Looking Forward: Holocaust Education in a Changing World

Alex Alvarez

7. Culture Matters: Warnings and Implications from the Holocaust

Jonathan Petropoulos

8. Catholics, the Holocaust, and the Burden of History

Robert A. Ventresca

9. Intersections: Holocaust Studies, Personal Lives

Wendy Lower

Part Three: Prospects

10. Holocaust Studies: Why, How, and Wherefore

Robert P. Ericksen

11. My Unorthodox Path: Towards Integrative, Interdisciplinary, and Comparative Holocaust Studies

Wolf Gruner

12. A Stone under the Wheel of History

Lisa Moses Leff

13. Words Matter

Carol Rittner

Epilogue: Why?

Carol Rittner and John K. Roth

About the Editors

Carol Rittner is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor Emerita of Holocaust Studies, Stockton University. Her books include The Holocaust and the Christian World: Reflections on the Past, Challenges for the Future and Women, the Holocaust, and Genocide. 

John K. Roth is Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights (now the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights), Claremont McKenna College. His books include The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities and Sources of Holocaust Insight: Learning and Teaching about the Genocide.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Second World War History

The Second World War remains today the most seismic political event of the past hundred years, an unimaginable unpheaval that impacted upon every country on earth and is fully ingrained in the consciousness of the world's citizens. Traditional narratives of the conflict are entrenched to such a degree that new research takes on an ever important role in helping us make sense of World War II. Aiming to bring to light the results of new archival research and exploring notions of memory, propaganda, genocide, empire and culture, Routledge Studies in Second World War History sheds new light on the causes, events and legacy of global war.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
HISTORY / Jewish
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary
HISTORY / Holocaust