Problems Unique to the Holocaust (Paperback)
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Problems Unique to the Holocaust (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 31/05/2003
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Victims of the Holocaust were faced with moral dilemmas for which no one could prepare. Yet many of the life-and-death situations forced upon them required immediate actions and nearly impossible choices. In ""Problems Unique to the Holocaust"", today's leading Holocaust scholars examine the difficult questions surrounding this terrible chapter in world history. Is it ever legitimate to betray others to save yourself? If a group of Jews is hiding behind a wall and a baby begins to cry, should an adult smother the child to protect the safety of the others? Should the men and women who took their own lives in the face of the Nazi onslaught be considered suicide or murder victims? How guilty are the bystanders who saw what was happening but did nothing to aid the victims of persecution? In addition to these questions, one contributor considers whether commentators can be objective in analyzing the Holocaust or if this is a topic to be left only to Jews. In the final essay, another scholar assesses the challenge of ethics in a post-Holocaust world: ""The best responses to this challenge are not easy or simple. Instead, they involve sustained reflection on the memories people should share, the emotions we should express, the beliefs we should hold, the decisions we should make about how to live after Auschwitz, and the questions that we ask about all of those aspects of our existence, individually and collectively."" This collection of essays, which closes with a meditation on Daniel Goldhagen's controversial book ""Hitler's Willing Executioners"", asks bold questions and encourages readers to look at the tragedy of the Holocaust in a new light.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813190488
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 271 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm

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