In Times of Crisis

In Times of Crisis

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The nineteenth- and twentieth-century relationship between European culture, German history, and the Jewish experience produced some of the Westa€™s most powerful and enduring intellectual creationsa€”and, perhaps in subtly paradoxical and interrelated ways, our centurya€™s darkest genocidal moments. In Times of Crisis explores the flashpoints of this vexed relationship, mapping the coordinates of a complex triangular encounter of immense historical import. In essays that range from the question of Nietzschea€™s legacy to the controversy over Daniel Goldhagena€™s Hitlera€™s Willing Executioners, the distinguished historian Steven E. Aschheim presents this encounter as an ongoing dialogue between two evolving cultural identities. He touches on past dimensions of this exchange (such as the politics of Weimar Germany) and on present dilemmas of grasping and representing it (such as the Israeli discourse on the Holocaust). His work inevitably traces the roots and ramifications of Nazism but at the same time brings into focus historical circumstances and contemporary issues often overshadowed or distorted by the Holocaust. These essays reveal the ubiquitous charged inscriptions of Nazi genocide within our own culture and illuminate the projects of some later thinkers and historiansa€”from Hannah Arendt to George Mosse to Saul Friedlandera€”who have wrestled with its problematics and sought to capture its essence. From the broadly historical to the personal, from the politics of Weimar Germany to the experience of growing up German Jewish in South Africa, the essays expand our understanding of German Jewish history in particular, but also of historical processes in general.Essays on European Culture, Germans, and Jews Steven E. Aschheim ... As merely a moment in the history of the oppressors, a€œthere was no reason for humanity (and those in charge of its ... 89 The Holocaust, Jewish pain, thus becomes a means by which to obscure and obstruct world memory of the great colonial andanbsp;...

Title:In Times of Crisis
Author: Steven E. Aschheim
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2001-02-01

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