Rivalry, Indifference or Solidarity? Jews and ‘Other Victims’ in Studies of the Holocaust and Comparative Genocide

  • Doris L. Bergen
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Abstract

Was the Holocaust unique? That loaded question continues to divide practitioners of Holocaust studies. As the field expands, the stakes get higher and become more tangible. Just a few familiar questions exemplify my point. Do Gypsies/Roma have a right to demand inclusion in the ever-growing number of Holocaust museums and Holocaust Studies curricula? How about handicapped people? Can Jews justify excluding Polish Catholics from commemorative ceremonies at sites such as Auschwitz? Do Soviet prisoners of war, forced labourers, homosexual men, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Afro-Germans deserve discussion in courses and textbooks devoted to study of the Nazi Holocaust? Do they merit restitution as Holocaust victims?

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