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Advancing Holocaust Studies

ISBN 9780367497118
Published July 23, 2020 by Routledge
212 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, 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 Troubled 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

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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.


"... an illuminating, probing, thrilling, sobering, questing, far-ranging, and ultimately reaffirming series of personal stories and surveys of the current and future state of Holocaust studies."

Richard Middleton-Kaplan, Shalom, US

"Advancing Holocaust Studies is a riveting collection of essays by world-re-nowned scholars in the field, reflecting on both their personal journeys and the professional lenses through which they see their research, teaching, and writing. Through these individual voices, the reader is presented not only with the complex-ity of the field as it has evolved but indications about its future directions."

Joey G. Gratz, Gratz College, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations