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‘A War Against Memory’?

Nativizing the Holocaust
  • Isabel Wollaston
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Abstract

On the one hand, there is a widespread, if not universal, consensus that the Holocaust should be remembered; a consensus that is reflected in the recurrence of slogans such as ‘Zakhor!’ or ‘Never Again!’ On the other hand, we continue to witness a series of increasingly bitter controversies surrounding questions of memory, remembrance, and representation in relation to the Holocaust.

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Mass Killing American Film Revisionist Historian Jewish Experience Holocaust Memorial 
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