Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xv

This is the part where the writer of a book thanks the many people and organizations in various countries who assisted with access to the research materials that provide the core information for a work of nonfiction. And these invariably convey...

Abbreviations

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pp. xvii-xviii

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Introduction: My French "Jewish Question"

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pp. 1-13

I am both a citizen of France and a Jew of the Diaspora, having grown up during the Quiet Revolution in Quebec, and educated in English and French. Given the timeframe of my undergraduate university education — the explosive...

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Figure 1: The Real

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pp. 14-54

As a way to start, we begin with a fiction (or quasi-fiction) that is both a representation and a symbolization: the highly successful and acclaimed HBO series Band of Brothers (2001), which follows the experiences of the men...

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Figure 2: Condensation

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pp. 55-89

As the excerpt above suggests, the return of the former deportees from captivity forms a unique representation: atrociously thin, licebitten, often still in their striped camp uniforms, with big staring eyes that quickly darted...

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Figure 3: Displacement

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pp. 90-143

In the previous chapter, we saw how the figure of the concentration camp survivor eventually came to center upon one particular idea; namely, that the survivor was the physical and psychical incarnation of the pathological — the abnormal...

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Figure 4: Inversion

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pp. 144-174

The French Resistance signified many things: a rallying point during the war for those who found the defeat of 1940 and the Nazi Occupation untenable; the armed struggle against the Occupier; an internal political struggle between Gaullists...

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Figure 5: Dilemma

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pp. 175-200

As we have just seen, the survivor was figured entirely through the perspective of the Holocaust. But except for its lasting psychic consequences, the Holocaust itself, and in the main the extermination of European...

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Figure 6: Conclusion: Prosthesis

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pp. 201-208

In her 2000 book on trauma, Ruth Leys had stressed the profound and unresolved oscillation between mimetic and antimimetic theoretical explanations of traumatic experience. In the first instance, because of the extremity...

Notes

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pp. 209-230

Bibliography

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pp. 231-261

Index

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pp. 263-275

Back Cover

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