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Is the Holocaust Unique?

by Rosenbaum Alan S

In essays written specifically for this volume, distinguished contributors assess highly charged and fundamental questions about the Holocaust: Is it unique? How can it be compared with other instances of genocide? What constitutes genocide, and how should the international community respond? On one side of the dispute are those who fear that if the Holocaust is seen as the worst case of genocide ever, its character will diminish the sufferings of other persecuted groups. On the other side are those who argue that unless the Holocaust's uniqueness is established, the inevitable tendency will be to diminish its abiding significance. The editor's introductions provide the contextual considerations for understanding this multidimensional dispute and suggest that there are universal lessons to be learned from studying the Holocaust. The third edition brings this volume up to date and includes new readings on the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides, common themes in genocide ideologies, and Iran's reaction to the Holocaust. In a world where genocide persists and the global community continues to struggle with the implications of international crime, prosecution, justice, atonement, reparation, and healing, the issues addressed in this book are as relevant as ever.

Is the Holocaust Unique?

by Rosenbaum Alan S

Rosenbaum (philosophy, Cleveland State U. ) presents 17 papers that explore the question of the uniqueness of the Jewish Holocaust in comparison to other examples of genocide or mass death and the implications of different perspectives on whether the Holocaust is unique. New to this third edition are essays addressing common themes in the genocidal ideologies of Hitler, Cambodia's Pol Pot, and the Rwandan Hutu perpetrators of genocide against the Tutsis; Holocaust denial in Iran; and the Holocaust, Rwanda, and the category of genocide. Papers placing the Jewish Holocaust in historical comparison with the experiences of the Roma at the hands of the Nazis, the Atlantic slave trade, the Armenian genocide, Stalinist terror, and Japanese World War II atrocities have been retained, as have discussions on treatments of the question of Holocaust uniqueness among German historians, the politics of genocide scholarship, and legal and moral implications of the question of Holocaust uniqueness. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

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