Cover

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Half title, Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

I was told, before I began this project, that toiling in the archives can be lonely work. And there were days of poking through boxes and papers when the labor took its toll. ...

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Introduction: Displacements of Memory at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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pp. 1-20

Since its construction more than twenty years ago, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has become one of the most visited sites in the US capital, and one of the world’s leading institutions dedicated to the preservation of Holocaust memory and the documents and artifacts that serve as its touchstones. ...

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Chapter 1. Delinquent Spaces

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pp. 21-46

From the moment it was imagined by President Carter in the late 1970s, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was intended to be much more than just a building or a monument. The enabling legislation that established the USHMM had been fairly simple—the President’s Commission on the Holocaust was charged with delivering “recommendations with respect to the establishment and maintenance of an appropriate memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust,” ...

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Chapter 2. Figures of Authenticity

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pp. 47-88

When it opened in 1993, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was almost universally acclaimed—by architects, human rights activists, legislators, historians, Jewish and non-Jewish ethicists and theologians, and by nearly all who visited during its first few months of operation. ...

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Chapter 3. Enacting Memory

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pp. 89-124

Within a year and a half of the establishment of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council recommended the creation of a Committee on Conscience. The Committee on Conscience had its roots in the legislation that enabled the council and the creation of the museum itself: ..

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Chapter 4. Kairotic Space and the Ethics of Engagement

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pp. 125-154

In the years before the opening of the Holocaust museum, and for several years afterward, the members of the US Holocaust Memorial Council commissioned a series of surveys by the Peter D. Hart Research Associates, a leading polling firm. Prior to 1993, Hart was asked to determine who likely visitors to the museum would be and how to encourage others to come; ...

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Chapter 5. “Events of the World”: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Ethics of Memory

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pp. 155-184

The morning of April 22, 1993, was cold and rainy. The recently elected president, Bill Clinton, was scheduled to dedicate the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; the president would share the speaker’s platform with Elie Wiesel, who had resigned from the US Holocaust Memorial Council more than six years earlier. ...

Notes

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pp. 185-190

Bibliography

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pp. 191-206

Index

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pp. 207-225

Back cover

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