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July 26 , 2008

After the Holocaust

Challenging the Myth of Silence


For the last decade scholars have been questioning the idea that the Holocaust was not talked about in any way until well into the 1970s. After the Holocaust: Challenging the Myth of Silence is the first collection of authoritative, original scholarship to expose a serious misreading of the past on which, controversially, the claims for a ‘Holocaust industry’ rest. Taking an international approach this bold new book exposes the myth and opens the way for a sweeping reassessment of Jewish life in the postwar era, a life lived in the pervasive, shared awareness that Jews had narrowly survived a catastrophe that had engulfed humanity as a whole but claimed two-thirds of their number.

The chapters include:

    • an overview of the efforts by survivor historians and memoir writers to inform the world of the catastrophe that had befallen the Jews of Europe
    • an evaluation of the work of survivor-historians and memoir writers
    • new light on the Jewish historical commissions and the Jewish documentation centres
    • studies of David Boder, a Russian born psychologist who recorded searing interviews with survivors, and the work of philosophers, social thinkers and theologians
    • theatrical productions by survivors and the first films on the theme made in Hollywood
    • how the Holocaust had an impact on the everyday life of Jews in the USA
    • and a discussion of the different types, and meanings, of ‘silence’.


A breakthrough volume in the debate about the ‘Myth of Silence’, this is a must for all students of Holocaust and genocide.

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