Holocaust memory and racism in the postwar world
Call Number305.8 H754 2019
Statement of ResponsibilityEdited by Shirli Gilbert and Avril Alba.
Creators & ContributorsGilbert, Shirli
(contributor)Puckett, Dan J.
(contributor)Rutland, Suzanne D.
(contributor)Jordan, James (James Alexander)
(contributor)Feld, Marjorie N.
(contributor)Staub, Michael E.
(contributor)Casteel, Sarah Phillips
Summary"The Holocaust is often invoked as a benchmark for talking about human rights abuses from slavery and apartheid to colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. Western educators and politicians draw seemingly obvious lessons of tolerance and anti-racism from the Nazi past, and their work rests on the implicit assumption that Holocaust education and commemoration will expose the dangers of prejudice and promote peaceful coexistence. Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World... challenges the notion that there is an unproblematic connection between Holocaust memory and the discourse of anti-racism. Through diverse case studies, this volume historicizes how the Holocaust has shaped engagement with racism from the 1940s until the present, demonstrating that contemporary assumptions are neither obvious nor inevitable. Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World is divided into four sections. The first section focuses on encounters between Nazism and racism during and immediately after World War II, demonstrating not only that racist discourses and politics persisted in the postwar period, but also, perhaps more importantly, that few people identified links with Nazi racism. The second section explores Jewish motivations for participating in anti-racist activism, and the varying memories of the Holocaust that informed their work. The third section historicizes the manifold ways in which the Holocaust has been conceptualized in literary settings, exploring efforts to connect the Holocaust and racism in geographically, culturally, and temporally diverse settings. The final section brings the volume into the present, focusing on contemporary political causes for which the Holocaust provides a benchmark for racial equality and justice. Together, the contributions delineate the complex history of Holocaust memory, recognize its contingency, and provide a foundation from which to evaluate its moral legitimacy and political and social effectiveness." —Publisher
Introduction / Shirli Gilbert and Avril Alba
Part I. Responses to Racism after World War II
Part II. Jews and Racism
- Race, the Holocaust, and Colonial/Postcolonial Britain / Tony Kushner
- "The Jim Crow of All the Ages": The Impact of Hitler, World War II, and the Holocaust on Black Civil Rights in Alabama / Dan J. Puckett
- From Undesirable to Unassimilable: The Racialization of the "Jew" in South Africa / Milton Shain
- A Study of Conflicting Images in the Australian Media: Holocaust Suffering and Persistent Anti-Jewish Racism / Suzanne D. Rutland
Part III. Literary Connections across Time
- Black and White: Yiddish Writers Encounter Indigenous Australia / David Slucki
- Who Are the Jews Now? Memories of the Holocaust in Georgia Brown's East End, 1968 / James Jordan
- "A Straight and Not Very Long Road": American Jews, Apartheid, and the Holocaust / Marjorie N. Feld
- Race, Holocaust Memory, and American Jewish Politics / Michael E. Staub
Part IV. Claiming the Holocaust
- In the Nazi Cinema: Race, Visuality, and Identification in Fanon and Klüger / Michael Rothberg
- Caribbean Literature and Global Holocaust Memory / Sarah Phillips Casteel
- A Failure of Memory? Revisiting the Demidenko/Darville Debate / Avril Alba
- Deliberating the Holocaust and the Nakba: Disruptive Empathy and Binationalism in Israel/Palestine / Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg
- Shifting Responses to Antisemitism and Racism: Temporary Exhibitions at the Jewish Holocaust Center / Steven Cooke and Donna-Lee Frieze
- Nazism and Racism in South African Textbooks / Shirli Gilbert
- "Never Forget": Intersecting Memories of the Holocaust and the Settler Colonial Genocide in Canada / Dorota Glowacka
Conclusion / Shirli Gilbert and Avril Alba
Physical Description vii, 462 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
PublisherDetroit, MI : Wayne State University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index