Rhetorical Vectors of Memory in National and International Holocaust Trials
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Michigan State University Press
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Iwould like to thank the many people who helped me think through the controversial ideas that appear in this book. For years, George Cheney, Lisa Flores, Len Hawes, Rick Rieke, and Helena Zdravkovic have supported me as I talked about many of my major contentions, and Marty Medhurst provided unflagging support as I dealt with dissenting . . .
Chapter One: The Role of Legal Trials in the Preservation of Select Holocaust Histories and Memories
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By now it has become a truism in many public and academic communities that societies need to maintain a healthy balance between remembering and forgetting, but given the symbolic rewards and costs that are attached to our recollections of select artifacts, people, events, dates, and . . .
Chapter Two: The Nuremberg Trial of the Major War Criminals and Early Legal Remembrances of the Holocaust
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As I noted in chapter 1, it is crucial that scholars begin their analyses of Holocaust trials by looking at a wide range of representations of the Judeocide, so it is fitting that I start my own narration of these events by taking us back to some of the contested World War II legal and public . . .
Chapter Three: The Difficulties of “Mastering the Past”: Contemporary and Modern Vectors of Memories and the Auschwitz Trial
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“Since the 1960s,” argued Nancy Wood, the confusion between “the politics of Aufarbeitung (‘coming to terms with the past’)” and Vergangenheitsbewältigung (‘mastering’ or ‘overcoming’ the past) have been a constant feature in the German political and cultural . . .
Chapter Four: Israeli Judicial Proceedings and Changing Remembrances of the Holocaust
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In this chapter, I study the circulation of Holocaust remembrances in Israeli judicial proceedings. By reviewing some of the rhetorical dimensions of the Kastner, Eichmann, and Demjanjuk cases, I hope to provide a rhetorical analysis that explicates some of the legal complications that . . .
Chapter Five: Canada’s Experiences with Holocaust Trials
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The Canadian Jewish Congress once reported that about 10 percent of the more than 300,000 Jews living in Canada were Holocaust survivors, and many critics were convinced that some 3,000 Nazi war criminals1 fled to Canada after the end of World War II.2 Many of the diffuse . . .
Chapter Six: Understanding England’s Holocaust Memories
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“During the 1930s and World War II,” argues Tony Kushner, “the British government and its apparatus” often “downplayed the fate of the Jews under Nazi control.”1 British nationalists like to remember that they provided a haven for political refugees during this conflict, but these . . .
Chapter Seven: The Future of Legal Involvement in Holocaust Memories
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As David Cesarani has recently observed, during the last quarter of the last century, war “crimes investigations into Nazi collaborators” were “commenced on a large scale in the United States, Canada, Australia and Britain,” and the “opening of archive collections” shed new “light on Nazi . . .
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Publication Year: 2012