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Cover Image The Rescue Turn and the Politics of Holocaust Memory

Natalia Aleksiun, Zofia Wóycicka, Raphael Utz (eds.)

The Rescue Turn and the Politics of Holocaust Memory

Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814350836
March 2024
410 pages

Examining the uses—and misuses—of memory of aiding Jews during the Holocaust.

This volume considers the uses and misuses of the memory of assistance given to Jews during the Holocaust, deliberated in local, national, and transnational contexts. History of this aid has drawn the attention of scholars and the general public alike. Stories of heroic citizens who hid and rescued Jewish men, women, and children have been adapted into books, films, plays, public commemorations, and museum exhibitions. Yet, emphasis on the uplifting narratives often obscures the history of violence and complicity with Nazi policies of persecution and mass murder. Each of the ten essays in this interdisciplinary collection is dedicated to a different country: Belarus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, North Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The case studies provide new insights into what has emerged as one of the most prominent and visible trends in recent Holocaust memory and memory politics. While many of the essays focus on recent developments, they also shed light on the evolution of this phenomenon since 1945.