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Lessons and Legacies V
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How can one link the Holocaust and justice, given the enormity of the Holocaust? Is justice even possible for a crime of such magnitude, and if so, what kind of justice? Weighing these questions and their implications, a group of distinguished scholars attempts to untangle the complex and often contradictory conjunction of the Holocaust and justice. Seeking a historical context, the contributors ask, What were the political, social, psychological, and ideological prerequisites for this tragedy? Considering the courts and trials both during and immediately after World War II, and recent cases against aging perpetrators, the contributors examine the legal circumstances for trying to provide justice, the dimming impact of passing time, and other issues that complicate litigation. Their inquiry extends to questions about memory--how it is shaped and reshaped and whether it can be reliable--and about the re-creation of events of the Holocaust by a second generation. Does reassembling the evidence through the lenses of a later generation provide a deeper understanding, and does this understanding include a sense of justice accomplished?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Theodore Zev Weiss - Foreword
  2. Theodore Zev Weiss
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Ronald Smelser - Introduction
  2. Ronald Smelser
  3. pp. xiii-xxiv
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  1. I. Context
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. Omer Bartov - Utopia and Violence: Visions of Perfection and Practices of Purification
  2. Omer Bartov
  3. pp. 5-30
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  1. Saul Friedländer - Ideology and Extermination: The Immediate Origins of the Final Solution
  2. Saul Friedländer
  3. pp. 31-48
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  1. II. Perpetrators
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. Alvin Rosenfeld - Who Killed the Jews? Reflections on a Riddle
  2. Alvin Rosenfeld
  3. pp. 51-61
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  1. Peter Black - Officials of the Reich Central Office for Security
  2. Peter Black
  3. pp. 62-87
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  1. Henry Friedlander - The Administrators in the Concentration Camps
  2. Henry Friedlander
  3. pp. 88-99
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  1. Michael Allen - Technocrats of Extermination: Engineers, Modern Bureaucracy, and Complicity
  2. Michael Allen
  3. pp. 100-122
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  1. Hannes Heer - How Amorality Became Normality: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust
  2. Hannes Heer
  3. pp. 123-139
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  1. Peter Hayes - The Degussa AG and the Holocaust
  2. Peter Hayes
  3. pp. 140-177
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  1. Sybil Milton - The Case against Switzerland
  2. Sybil Milton
  3. pp. 178-191
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  1. Gitta Sereny - Questioning the Perpetrators
  2. Gitta Sereny
  3. pp. 192-212
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  1. III. The Courts
  2. pp. 213-214
  1. Michael R. Marrus - History and the Holocaust in the Courtroom
  2. Michael R. Marrus
  3. pp. 215-239
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  1. Robert O. Paxton - The Trials of Holocaust Perpetrators in France
  2. Robert O. Paxton
  3. pp. 240-244
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  1. Therkel Straede - Inside the “Aussenlager”: Interpreting Survivors’ Testimony of Jewish Slave Labor in German Industry
  2. Therkel Straede
  3. pp. 245-254
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  1. Insa Eschebach - Interpreting Female Perpetrators: Ravensbrück Guards in the Courts of East Germany, 1946–1955
  2. Insa Eschebach
  3. pp. 255-267
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  1. Andrew Ezergailis - The Holocaust’s Soviet Legacies in Latvia
  2. Andrew Ezergailis
  3. pp. 268-276
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  1. IV.Memory and Historical Perspective
  2. pp. 277-278
  1. Donald Schilling - Representing the Holocaust in the General Histories of World War II
  2. Donald Schilling
  3. pp. 279-294
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  1. Renée Poznanski - Jews and Non-Jews in France during World War II: A Daily Life Perspective
  2. Renée Poznanski
  3. pp. 295-312
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  1. David Bankier - The Future of the Jews after Hitler
  2. David Bankier
  3. pp. 313-330
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  1. Vojtech Blodig - Terezín and the Memory of the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia since 1945
  2. Vojtech Blodig
  3. pp. 331-340
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  1. V. The Second Generation
  2. pp. 341-342
  1. Alan Berger - Second-Generation Jewish Identity and “Working Through” the Shoah: Helen Epstein’s Journey from Children of the Holocaust to Where She Came From
  2. Alan Berger
  3. pp. 343-358
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  1. Rachel Feldhay Brenner - The Second Generation and the Problematics of Tikkun: A Reading of Alan Berger’s Children of Job
  2. Rachel Feldhay Brenner
  3. pp. 359-369
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  1. Sara R. Horowitz - Filming the Generations: Holocaust Survivors and Their Children
  2. Sara R. Horowitz
  3. pp. 370-380
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  1. Robert Melson - False Papers: The Tension between Testimony and Story in a Holocaust Memoir
  2. Robert Melson
  3. pp. 381-396
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 397-400
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