Reading the Holocaust

Reading the Holocaust The events of the Holocaust remain unthinkable to many men and women as morally and intellectually baffling today as they were a half century ago Inga Clendinnen seeks to dispel what she calls the Go

  • Title: Reading the Holocaust
  • Author: Inga Clendinnen
  • ISBN: 9780521012690
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • The events of the Holocaust remain unthinkable to many men and women, as morally and intellectually baffling today as they were a half century ago Inga Clendinnen seeks to dispel what she calls the Gorgon effect the sickening of imagination and the draining of the will that afflict so many of us when we try to confront the horrors of this history Clendinnen explores thThe events of the Holocaust remain unthinkable to many men and women, as morally and intellectually baffling today as they were a half century ago Inga Clendinnen seeks to dispel what she calls the Gorgon effect the sickening of imagination and the draining of the will that afflict so many of us when we try to confront the horrors of this history Clendinnen explores the experience of the Holocaust from both the victims and the perpetrators points of view She discusses the remarkable survivor testimonies of writers such as Primo Levi and Charlotte Delbo, the vexing issue of resistance in the camps, and survivors strategies for understanding the motivations of the Nazi leadership She focuses an anthropologist s precise gaze on the actions of the murderers in the police battalions and among the SS in the camps Finally she considers how the Holocaust has been portrayed in poetry, fiction and film Searching and eloquent, Reading the Holocaust is an uncompromising attempt to extract the comprehensible the recognizably human from the unthinkable inhuman acts of the Holocaust Inga Clendinnen is the author of Ambivalent Conquests Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517 1570 and Aztecs An Interpretation, both published by Cambridge University Press.

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    1. Gradually a feeling of reluctance came upon me as I read this book, a reluctance to continue. I hasten to say that these essays are excellent meditations on several crucial aspects of the Holocaust. But it was a question of when was it appropriate to pick this up and read? Not after a good dinner, that’s for sure. Not in the English spring sunshine, in my quiet garden. Not drowsing before sleep. Not in the middle a hectic office. Nowhere and at no time was it appropriate to continue reading ab [...]

    2. probably one of the best non fiction books i've ever read - mind blowing and expanding, Clendinnan teaches the idea of understanding in order to transcend the gorgon effect.

    3. This was an historian's take on the materials available to read on the Holocaust. Now keep in mind that this was published in 1996 and there has been more research done in the last twenty years. More archives have been opened and more diaries have been discovered. Most survivors are no longer alive so first hand accounts are slim. Just about every perpetrator was executed so their stories have never been told. Clendinnen is concerned about that fact very much, that we do not have the stories fro [...]

    4. This is a book that helps towards an understanding of the Holocaust but I felt an initial reluctance to read it, worried that it was morbid to do so and yet feeling a responsibility to know and remember and communicate about the fact of the Holocaust.It is, amongst other things, these very feelings that Inga Clendinnen explores. She writes that Helen Demidenko/Darville The Hand That Signed the Papergot away with writing an anti-Semitic book that promotes false history because young people especi [...]

    5. A disturbing and powerful excavation of the literature of the holocaust. Clendinnen has such a remarkable eye and sensitivity and she manages to convey complex and nuanced ideas so clearly. An impossible task perhaps, dealing with this subject, but by focusing on language, history and literary representation this study works. Clendinnen forces the reader to think and not to look away she uses texts to find the human truths within them.

    6. Uma colectânea de ensaios sobre o holocausto muito interessante, onde as questões da memória e responsabilidade coletiva são abordadas de uma perspetiva original. Só não gostei das conclusões exageradamente definitivas, a tentar explicar aquilo que nunca será entendido.

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