Lessons and Legacies XIII

Lessons and Legacies XIII

New Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust: Social History, Representation, Theory
Edited and with an introduction by Alexandra Garbarini and Paul B. Jaskot

A collection of essays representing the forefront of current research on the Holocaust in a range of disciplines, Lessons and Legacies XIII explores the social history of the Holocaust, its representation in postwar culture, and new theoretical approaches. Analyses at the most intimate scale—of the individual or of a particular locale—are juxtaposed with broader studies of the war or postwar order. Complementing these different types of analysis are theoretical investigations of individual agency, moral judgment, and the construction of meaning and memory, with implications for the study of the victims of the Holocaust and our understanding of society as a whole.

The thirteen essays in this volume are by an international collection of scholars and mirror the contemporary landscape of Holocaust studies, which includes history as well as film and literary studies, philosophy, cultural studies, and religious studies (among other disciplines). Each of the volume's three sections contributes to understanding the Holocaust and postwar ramifications of the genocide by focusing on: the history of specific communities of both victims and perpetrators; postwar cultural representations; and innovative theoretical understandings of the history and cultural representations. The essays in this volume thus represent new directions in the field that contribute to building integrated histories of the Holocaust.
About the Author

ALEXANDRA GARBARINI is a professor of history at Williams College in Massachusetts.

PAUL B. JASKOT is a professor of art history at Duke University.

"We live at a time when the Holocaust has entered public consciousness in a major way. This means culture is free to represent, and distort, the Holocaust; witness the growing number of films, novels, poetic and other artistic expressions claiming to be 'inspired' by the Shoah. The present volume represents the leaven in the lump of Holocaust representation. The contributors are interested in revealing and unpacking historical complexities." –Alan Berger, coauthor of Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, Memory