Lessons and Legacies I

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August 1991
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Lessons and Legacies I

The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World
Peter Hayes

Winner of the 1992 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Nearly half a century after the Nazi massacre of the Jews in Europe, the Holocaust is now moving from the domain of experience to that of history. It is becoming the subject of recorded rather than living memory. Is real comprehension of the development and horror of the Nazi onslaught accessible to us? If so, through what intellectual processes or categories of understanding, and in the face of what temptations or diversions? How can we preserve, expand, and apply our knowledge of why and how barbarity came to prevail? What meaning can present and future generations derive from the catastrophe? These are the vital questions addressed by the essays in this volume.
About the Author

Peter Hayes is associate professor of history and German at Northwestern University. He is the author of Industry and Ideology: I. G. Farben in the Nazi Era.

"[This book] is enormously thought provoking, as befits a book dealing with such a formidable topic as the meaning of the Holocaust in a changing world."

The Jerusalem Post Magazine

"These essays here help us in various ways to think about an event that may be incomprehensible but whose incomprehensibility must continually be challenged."

The Chicago Tribune