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The End of the Holocaust
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In this provocative work, Alvin H. Rosenfeld contends that the proliferation of books, films, television programs, museums, and public commemorations related to the Holocaust has, perversely, brought about a diminution of its meaning and a denigration of its memory. Investigating a wide range of events and cultural phenomena, such as Ronald Reagan's 1985 visit to the German cemetery at Bitburg, the distortions of Anne Frank's story, and the ways in which the Holocaust has been depicted by such artists and filmmakers as Judy Chicago and Steven Spielberg, Rosenfeld charts the cultural forces that have minimized the Holocaust in popular perceptions. He contrasts these with sobering representations by Holocaust witnesses such as Jean Améry, Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, and Imre Kertész. The book concludes with a powerful warning about the possible consequences of "the end of the Holocaust" in public consciousness.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1 Popular Culture and the Politics of Memory
  2. pp. 14-32
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  1. 2 The Rhetoric of Victimization
  2. pp. 33-50
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  1. 3 The Americanization of the Holocaust
  2. pp. 51-94
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  1. 4 Anne Frank:The Posthumous Years
  2. pp. 95-139
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  1. 5 The Anne Frank We Remember/The Anne Frank We Forget
  2. pp. 140-162
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  1. 6 Jean Am
  2. pp. 163-184
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  1. 7 Primo Levi: The Survivor as Victim
  2. pp. 185-212
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  1. 8 Surviving Survival: Elie Wiesel and Imre Kert
  2. pp. 213-237
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  1. 9 The End of the Holocaust
  2. pp. 238-270
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  1. Epilogue A “Second Holocaust”?
  2. pp. 271-280
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 281-298
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-309
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