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'The Holocaust Won't Disappear' (Spiegel interview with Israeli historian Saul Friedlšnder)
Spiegel Online ^ | 10/08/2007

Posted on 10/09/2007 1:19:12 AM PDT by Argentine-Firecracker

Israeli historian Saul Friedländer -- winner of the 2007 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade to be presented this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair -- spoke to SPIEGEL about the importance of victims' accounts in researching the Holocaust and the failure of efforts in Germany to draw a line under the issue.

Historian Saul Friedländer argues that attempts to draw a line under the Holocaust in Germany are bound to fail.

SPIEGEL: Professor Friedländer, in contrast to other accounts of the history of the Holocaust, in your book "Nazi Germany and the Jews, the Years of Extermination," you give us ample opportunity to hear from the victims through diaries and letters. Why didn't you limit your focus to the history of the perpetrators?

Saul Friedländer: Because that's not enough. We basically still needed a book that went beyond an analysis of German politics and included the environment -- in other words, the churches, the elites, the general population in Germany and in other countries -- and incorporated the voices of the victims, of those who were murdered.

SPIEGEL: Were you interested in the educational effect here, since the horror becomes more vivid this way?

Friedländer: No, many aspects only become clear from an examination of the victims' sources, not from official documents. For instance, the fact that the Jews in Germany and Western Europe didn't know what was going on -- and in Eastern Europe they didn't want to believe what they saw. Take my parents -- after their deportation from France in 1942, a friend wrote to my grandmother, who lived in Stockholm, to say that my parents had been sent to Germany or to a Jewish reservation in Poland. He had no idea that they had been murdered.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auschwitz; holocaust
Friedländer: Hardly anyone in the US has ever heard of Stauffenberg -- some of my students in Los Angeles don't even know who Lenin was. ... the vast majority of Americans don't have a clue about German history, and this film is not about to change that.

I have a hard time believing the above...

1 posted on 10/09/2007 1:19:13 AM PDT by Argentine-Firecracker
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To: Argentine-Firecracker

I believe the vast majority of americans under the age of 40 have no lcue about German History , Russian History or for that matter...American History!

2 posted on 10/09/2007 3:38:28 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (We need a troop surge in Philly and Newark!)
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