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How does a society reconcile itself in a post-genocide era? How can generations of those whose families were victims and victimizers break the cycle of hate, mistrust, shame, and guilt that characterizes their relationship? What family reactions do they face as they seek to begin the act of sitting across from each other and facing their legacies?
        For more than two decades, Gottfried Wagner, great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, whose music inspired Adolf Hitler and whose family helped the Nazis rise to power, and Abraham J. Peck, the son of two survivors whose entire families were murdered in the Holocaust, have been engaged in a unique and often torturous discussion on the German-Jewish relationship after the Shoah. That discussion has focused on their family histories and on the myths and realities of the relationship between Germans and Jews since the beginning of the nineteenth century and the process of reshaping that relationship for those Germans and Jews born after 1945. Rejecting the notion that they are either victims or perpetrators, both authors examine the “unwanted legacies” they inherited and have had to confront and overcome.

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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Forewords
  2. Michael Berenbaum and Steven Leonard Jacobs
  3. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Authors’ Acknowledgments
  2. Gottfried Wagner and Abraham J. Peck
  3. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Introductions
  2. Gottfried Wagner and Abraham J. Peck
  3. pp. xxv-xliv
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  1. I. The Shadows of Richard Wagner as a German Myth
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Family Trees: From the Founding of the Bayreuth Festival (1876) to the Collapse of the Third Reich (1945)
  2. pp. 3-39
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  1. 3. In Search of a New Identity: Confronting the Shoah: 1977–1991
  2. pp. 84-112
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  1. 4. The Rocky Road to a Post-Shoah Discussion with Abraham J. Peck (1991–2005)
  2. pp. 113-126
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  1. II. Running Toward and From the Churbn
  2. pp. 127-128
  1. 5. The World of Our Yesterdays: The Families Pik and Kolton
  2. pp. 129-159
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  1. 6. Hitler Is Always at Our Door: From Landsberg to America
  2. pp. 160-166
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  1. 7. I Discover the Holocaust and Live with Its Consequences
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. 8. Capitalism Is to Blame for Everything: We Become the Generation of 1968
  2. pp. 177-186
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  1. 9. Into the Belly of the Beast
  2. pp. 187-205
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  1. 10. Opening the “Iron Box”: The Holocaust as Burden and Hope
  2. pp. 206-228
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  1. 11. A (Mis) Step in the Direction of Reconciliation?
  2. pp. 229-233
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  1. 12. Holocaust, Genocide, and the Clash of Civilizations (1992–2005)
  2. pp. 234-250
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  1. III. Post-Holocaust Germans and Jews
  2. pp. 251-252
  1. 13. What Do They Have to Say to Each Other? Post-Holocaust Germans and Jews in Dialogue
  2. pp. 253-261
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  1. 14. Holocaust Memory: In the Shadow and Light of Family History
  2. pp. 262-276
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  1. 15. Facing the Past
  2. pp. 277-302
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  1. IV. Viewing the Past but Looking to the Future
  2. pp. 303-304
  1. 16. Reflections on the Trip to Auschwitzin August 2005
  2. pp. 305-306
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  1. 17. Viewing the Past but Looking to the Future
  2. pp. 307-310
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  1. V. The Final Chapter? Repairing the World
  2. pp. 311-312
  1. 18. The Path to Tikkun Olam
  2. pp. 313-320
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  1. VI. Beyond the Shadow of German and Family Myths
  2. pp. 321-322
  1. 19. April 2012. Beyond Reconciliation with the Wagner Clan—Be Yourself
  2. pp. 323-338
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  1. 20. From Tel Aviv to Bayreuth and Back Again to Teresina, Eugenio, and Stella: A Journey with Ella, Noam, Peter, and Simon into the Past and into the Future
  2. pp. 339-348
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  1. VII. New Allies: Holocaust, Genocide, and Human-Rights Studies
  2. pp. 349-350
  1. 21. From Holocaust to Genocide
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  1. VIII. Afterwords
  2. pp. 355-356
  1. 22. Discourses on Holocaust and Genocide: Have We Learned Anything from History?
  2. Gottfried Wagner
  3. pp. 357-365
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  1. 23. Our Dialogue Today: What Has Changed and Who Have We Become?
  2. Abraham J. Peck
  3. pp. 366-368
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 369-394
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 395-410
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  1. About the Authors
  2. p. 411
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780896728363
Related ISBN
9780896728356
MARC Record
OCLC
896786424
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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