1st Edition

Conceptualizing Mass Violence Representations, Recollections, and Reinterpretations

Edited By Navras J. Aafreedi, Priya Singh Copyright 2021
    288 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Conceptualizing Mass Violence draws attention to the conspicuous inability to inhibit mass violence in myriads forms and considers the plausible reasons for doing so. Focusing on a postcolonial perspective, the volume seeks to popularize and institutionalize the study of mass violence in South Asia.

    The essays explore and deliberate upon the varied aspects of mass violence, namely revisionism, reconstruction, atrocities, trauma, memorialization and literature, the need for Holocaust education, and the criticality of dialogue and reconciliation. The language, content, and characteristics of mass violence/genocide explicitly reinforce its aggressive, transmuting, and multifaceted character and the consequent necessity to understand the same in a nuanced manner. The book is an attempt to do so as it takes episodes of mass violence for case study from all inhabited continents, from the twentieth century to the present. The volume studies ‘consciously enforced mass violence’ through an interdisciplinary approach and suggests that dialogue aimed at reconciliation is perhaps the singular agency via which a solution could be achieved from mass violence in the global context.

    The volume is essential reading for postgraduate students and scholars from the interdisciplinary fields of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, World History, Human Rights, and Global Studies.


      1. Reading Mass Violence

      Navras J. Aafreedi and Priya Singh

      Part 1: Narratives

      2. Violence and Violations: Betrayal Narratives in Atrocity Accounts

      Dennis B. Klein

      3. Holocaust survivors in Mexico: Intersecting and Conflicting Narratives of Open Doors, Welcoming Society and Personal Hardships

      Daniela Gleizer and Yael Siman

      4. Historical Narratives, the Perpetuation of Trauma, and the Work of Vamık Volkan

      Reuven Firestone

      Part 2: Revisionism & Reconstruction

      5. Holocaust, Propaganda, and the Distortion of History in the Former Soviet Space

      Charles E. Ehrlich

      6. The Genocide of 1971 in Bangladesh: Lessons from History

      Srimanti Sarkar

      7. Holocaust Denial and Minimization in the Indian Urdu Press

      Md. Muddassir Quamar

      Part 3: Education

      8. Holocaust Studies in Australia: Moving from family and community remembrance to human rights and prevention of mass violence

      Suzanne D. Rutland and Suzanne Hampel

      9. New Developments in Holocaust & Genocide Education in South Africa: : The case study of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

      Tali Nates

      10. A Case of Naive Normalization? India's Misbeliefs about Hitler and Schooling on the Holocaust

      Anubhav Roy

      11. Holocaust Education in India and its Challenges

      Navras J. Aafreedi

      Part 4: Reflections

      12. Sonderkommando Photo 4 and the Portrayal of the Invisible

      David Patterson

      13. Overcoming "Intimate Hatreds:" Reflections on Violence against Yazidis

      Güneş Murat Tezcür and Tutku Ayhan

      14. The State and its Margins: Changing Notions of Marginality in Turkey

      Anita Sengupta

      Part 5: Trauma

      15. Pinochet's Dictatorship and Reflections on Trauma in Chile: How much have we learned in terms of human rights?

      Nancy Nicholls Lopeandía

      Part 6: Memorialization

      16. ‘Grassroots’ Holocaust Museums: Revealing Untold Stories

      Stephanie Shosh Rotem

      17. Fabric, Food, Song: The Quiet Continuities in Bengali Life Seventy Years After Partition

      Rituparna Roy

      Part 7: Literature

      18. The Failure of Secular Publics and the Rise of the Jewish Religious Public in Nathan Englander’s For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

      Fuzail Asar Siddiqi

      Part 8: Dialogue & Reconciliation

      19. The 2002 Alexandria Summit and Its Follow Up

      David Rosen


      Navras J. Aafreedi is Assistant Professor of History at Presidency University, Kolkata, and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, New York. His publications include his monograph Jews, Judaizing Movements and the Traditions of Israelite Descent in South Asia.

      Priya Singh is Associate Director at Asia in Global Affairs (www.asiaingloblaffairs.in). Priya is a political scientist with an interest in issues pertaining to geo-politics, nationalism, post-nationalism, identity, state formation and gender. She has authored, edited and co-edited books on Israel and the Middle East.