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From History to Historical Remembrance in Holocaust Studies

  • Patrick H. Hutton
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Abstract

I explain how the study of the Holocaust of European Jews has shifted since the 1980s from its realities to its remembered legacies. I review a succession of issues about Holocaust memory from the Historians’ Dispute in Germany over the limits of its representation during the 1980s, to strategies of German statesmen to find a symbolic compromise in its official commemorations during the 1990s, to reflections on moral responsibility in the passing of living memory of the Holocaust into written history in our times. I close with discussion of recent work on the globalization of Holocaust remembrance as a historiographical reference in the campaign for human rights in our times.

Keywords

Historians’ Dispute Holocaust remembrance Trauma and memory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick H. Hutton
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  1. 1.University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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