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Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust

Editor(s): Marianne Hirsch, Irene Kacandes

Pages: viii & 512 pp.
Published: 2004
ISBN: 9780873523493

"Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust is an invaluable resource for those who wish to seek guidance and orientation. It is a must on anybody's bookshelf who decides to teach this subject matter."
Die Unterrichtspraxis

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

"Can the story be told?" Jorge Semprun asked after his liberation from Buchenwald. The question is addressed from many angles in this volume of essays on teaching about the Holocaust. In their introduction, Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes argue that Semprun's question is as vital now, and as difficult and complex, as it was for the survivors in 1945.

The thirty-eight contributors to Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust come from various disciplines (history, literary criticism, psychology, film studies) and address a wide range of issues pertinent to the teaching of a subject that many teachers and students feel is an essential part of a liberal arts education.

This volume offers approaches to such works as Jurek Becker's Jacob the Liar, Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful, Anne Frank's diary, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners, Claude Lanzmann's Shoah, Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz, Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl, Dan Pagis's "Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway Car," Art Spiegelman's Maus, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, Elie Wiesel's Night, and Abraham Yehoshua's Mr. Mani.

To the challenge "How do we transmit so hurtful an image of our own species without killing hope and breeding indifference?" posed by Geoffrey Hartman in this volume, the editors respond, "Only in the very human context of classroom interaction can we hope to avoid either false redemption or unending despair."

Table of Contents

Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust

Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes

PART 1: Critical Paradigms

The Barbarity of Footnotes: History and the Holocaust
Doris L. Bergen

Questions of Authenticity
Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

Teaching about Perpetrators
Froma I. Zeitlin

Reflections on the Long History of European Antisemitism
Susannah Heschel and Sander Gilman

Gender and Holocaust Representation
Sara R. Horowitz

Teaching Trauma and Transmission
Bella Brodzki

The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide in the Twentieth Century
Eric D.Weitz

"Y--You Know English?": Multilingual English and the Holocaust
Alan Rosen

PART 2: Genres

Poetry and Holocaust Remembrance
Susan Gubar

Teaching Fiction, Teaching the Holocaust
Amy Hungerford

Broken Records: Holocaust Diaries, Memoirs, and Memorial Books
Jared Stark

Audio and Video Testimony and Holocaust Studies
Geoffrey Hartman

Teaching Cinema, Teaching the Holocaust
Orly Lubin

Teaching the Drama of the Holocaust
Christian Rogowski

The Problem of Childhood, Children's Literature, and Holocaust Representation
Adrienne Kertzer

Postmemory, Backshadowing, Separation: Teaching Second-Generation Holocaust Fiction
Efraim Sicher

Teaching German Memory and Countermemory: The End of the Holocaust Monument in Germany
James E. Young

Teaching Visual Culture and the Holocaust
David Bathrick

PART 3: Selected Texts

Responding to the Burden of Witness in Dan Pagis's "Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway-Car"
Ranen Omer-Sherman

Paul Celan's Stars: Teaching "Todesfuge" as a Canonical Holocaust Poem
Ulrich Baer

Questioning Key Texts: A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching Elie Wiesel's Night
Gary Weissman

A Rational Humanist Confronts the Holocaust: Teaching Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz
Jonathan Druker

Reconsidering Anne Frank: Teaching the Diary in Its Historical and Cultural Context
Pascale Bos

Surviving Charlotte Delbo's Auschwitz and After: How to Arrive and Depart
Judith Greenberg

The 1.5 Generation: Georges Perec's W or the Memory of Childhood
Susan Rubin Suleiman

Ruth Klüger's Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered: An Unsentimental Education
Nancy K. Miller

"Toward an Addressable You": Ozick's The Shawl and the Mouth of the Witness
Michael G. Levine

"You Wanted History, I Give You History": Claude Lanzmann's Shoah
Leo Spitzer

Not Quite Holocaust Fiction: A. B. Yehoshua's Mr. Mani and W. G. Sebald's The Emigrants
Adam Zachary Newton

PART 4: Classroom Contexts

Winning Support for a Multidisciplinary Holocaust Course at a Small Liberal Arts College
Marcia D. Horn

Teaching the Holocaust in a Genocide Studies Framework at a Historically Black University
Renée A. Hill

Building a Holocaust Studies Program for Both Town and Gown
David Scrase

Teaching the Holocaust in a Jewish American Literature Course
Joshua L. Charlson

Pedagogy and the Politics of Memory: "The Countermonument Project"
Michael Rothberg

Writing the Holocaust: The Transformative Power of Response Journals
Sondra Perl

Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes


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