Reluctant Witnesses

Reluctant Witnesses

Survivors, Their Children, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness

Book - 2014
Rate this:
Americans now learn about the Holocaust in high school, watch films about it on television, and visit museums dedicated to preserving its memory. But for the first two decades following the end of World War II, discussion of the destruction of European Jewry was largely absent from Americanculture and the tragedy of the Holocaust was generally seen as irrelevant to non-Jewish Americans.Today, the Holocaust is widely recognized as a universal moral touchstone. In Reluctant Witnesses, sociologist Arlene Stein - herself the daughter of a Holocaust survivor - mixes memoir, history, and sociological analysis to tell the story of the rise of Holocaust consciousness in the United Statesfrom the perspective of survivors and their descendants. If survivors tended to see Holocaust storytelling as mainly a private affair, their children - who reached adulthood during the heyday of identity politics - reclaimed their hidden family histories and transformed them into public stories.Reluctant Witnesses documents how a group of people who had previously been unrecognized and misunderstood managed to find its voice. It tells this story in relation to the changing status of trauma and victimhood in American culture. At a time when a sense of Holocaust fatigue seems to be settingin and when the remaining survivors are at the end of their lives, it affirms that confronting traumatic memories and catastrophic histories can help us make our world mean something beyond ourselves.
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780199733583
0199733589
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 STEIN
Characteristics: 242 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at Sno-Isle Libraries

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top