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Comparative Central European Holocaust Studies

edited by Steven Totosy de Zepetnek Louise O. Vasvári

Publication Year: 2009

Papers in the volume are by scholars working in Holocaust Studies in Australia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Serbia, the United Kingdom, and the US.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Europe's Oppressive Legacy

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pp. vii-xii

Amid the appalling trials and tribulations of the century we have just endured, there has been one unexpected and joyful turn of events: I have in mind the bloodless collapse of the Soviet empire, a moving spectacle that unfolded like some fascinating phenomenon of nature, following...

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Introduction to Comparative Central European Holocaust Studies

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pp. xiii-xx

The editors of Comparative Central European Holocaust Studies and the authors of the volume's articles subscribe to the proposition that the study of the Holocaust is of immanent social relevance and responsibility in scholarship and public discourse. In turn, the notion of...

Part One: Historical Representations of the Holocaust in Central Europe

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Representations of Budapest 1944-1945 in Holocaust Literature

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pp. 3-17

In this paper, I discuss Holocaust literature of various genres available in English—whether originally published in English or translated from Hungarian—texts that illuminate the situation in Budapest during the period of nazi occupation from 19 March 1944 until the liberation of the...

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The Holocaust as a Paradigm for Ethical Thinking and Representation

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pp. 18-27

Representations of the Holocaust in literature raise some problems that do not emerge when dealing with other historical events—at least not so obviously. On the one hand, we are faced with problems of methods and the cultural consequences of historical representation; on the...

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About Antisemitism in Post-1989 Hungary

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pp. 28-39

What is antisemitism in post-1989 Hungary? I begin with a taxonomical definition: following Fabian Virchow, I use the term "antisemitism" instead of "anti-Semitism" in order to avoid the notion that there is any kind of given "Semitism" with certain characteristics against which the...

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About the Narratives of a Blood Libel Case in Post-Shoah Hungary

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pp. 40-49

After the liberation of Hungary from nazi occupation by the Soviet army, May 1945 was an exciting and agitated time in the capital, Budapest. People were discussing the ongoing peace negotiations in Paris and cases brought before the People's Tribunals that were being reviewed...

Part Two: Holocaust Testimony and Narratives

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Mapping the Lines of Fact and Fiction in Holocaust Testimonial Novels

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pp. 53-66

In the case of an event as extreme as the Holocaust, one could be forgiven for presupposing that the boundary between factual and fictional modes of representation is sacred in its rigidity. However, it is often the case with survivor narratives that this expectation is far too proscriptive...

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Rescue Narratives by Central European Holocaust Survivors from Carpatho-Russia

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pp. 67-78

Although in recent decades scholarly interest in Holocaust narratives is ever growing, the narrative of so-called ordinary people—interviewees of research and documentation authorities, participants in communal memorial books, and authors of singular Holocaust memoirs—have...

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The Third Reich and the Holocaust in East German Official Memory

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pp. 79-94

Holocaust memory, like all collective memory, is never constructed in a discursive vacuum but within the dominant discourses of a particular religious, national, ethnic, or social community. These discourses determine which aspects of a historical event will be collectively remembered and which forgotten. ...

Part Three: Kertész in Central European Holocaust Studies

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On the Translation of Kertész's Sorstalanság (Fatelessness) into Serbian

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pp. 97-109

The work of Imre Kertész belongs to those texts whose emerging readership and reception faces the question: what are the possibilities and chances of translating such complex prose fiction from Hungarian into other languages? In this paper, I focus on Kertész's novel Sorstalanság...

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Kertész and the Problem of Guilt in Unfinished Mourning

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pp. 110-121

Is it possible to mourn Auschwitz? "Kaddish" is the name for the traditional Jewish prayer of mourning uttered on behalf of the dead by those left living. The term forms part of the title of Imre Kertész's Kaddis a meg nem született gyermekért (Kaddish for an Unborn Child). ...

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Polyphony in Kertész's Kaddish for an Unborn Child (Kaddish a meg nem született gyermekért)

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pp. 122-132

Imre Kertész's Kaddish a meg nem született gyermekért (Kaddish for an Unborn Child) is structured as one long monologue on a theme expressed in the book's title and provoked by the seemingly innocent question as to whether the protagonist of the text had children. ...

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Arendt and Kertész on the Banality of Evil

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pp. 133-144

In his novel Fatelessness, Imre Kertész shares a fundamental idea elaborated by Hannah Arendt in her Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Arendt defined a particular moral phenomenon as the "banality of evil," which she illustrated with Eichmann's own...

Part Four: The Holocaust and Central European Women’s Life Writing

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Towards a New Reading of Ida Fink's The Journey

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pp. 147-157

Ida Fink, a Holocaust survivor (born 1921 in Zbaraż, Poland), stayed in Poland for twelve years after the end of World War II. Although she had already written some short stories at that time, it was only upon her arrival in Israel in 1957 that she became intensely involved in literary...

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Emigrée Central European Jewish Women's Holocaust Life Writing

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pp. 158-172

This study is part of a larger research project to integrate in the study of the Holocaust the voices of women survivors, specifically their experiences of the catastrophe, as well as their ways of post-Holocaust narration (see Vasvári, "Trauma"). I pay particular attention to texts by...

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Introduction to and Bibliography of Central European Women's Holocaust Life Writing in English

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pp. 173-200

Although the emergence of research on women in the Holocaust dates from the 1980s, the task of integrating the role of women—and that of children—into Holocaust Studies is far from complete, not the least because of the publication of so many women's life writing texts during...

Contributor Profiles

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pp. 201-206

Index

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pp. 207-211


E-ISBN-13: 9781612490328
E-ISBN-10: 1612490328
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557535269
Print-ISBN-10: 1557535264

Page Count: 275
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Comparative Cultural Studies
Series Editor Byline: Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek

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Subject Headings

  • Jews -- Persecutions -- Europe, Central -- History.
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Hungary -- History.
  • Kertész, Imre, 1929- -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Europe, Central -- History.
  • Hungary -- Ethnic relations.
  • Europe, Central -- Ethnic relations.
  • Jews -- Persecutions -- Hungary -- History.
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