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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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The Realm of Shadows: Recent Writing on the Holocaust

The Realm of Shadows: Recent Writing on the Holocaust

(p.296) The Realm of Shadows: Recent Writing on the Holocaust
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Michael Burleigh

Liverpool University Press

This chapter investigates recent writing on the Holocaust. Surveying the field of recent Holocaust literature after the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War leaves the impression that histories of the Final Solution are as subject to the academic trivialities as those in other fields. Just as Claude Lanzmann's Shoah stands head and shoulders above other filmmakers' efforts to document the Holocaust, collections of testimonies from survivors have a more lasting value than many of the recent histories. Some of the recent works are more devoted to current political questions, which will make them seem dated in only a few years. Meanwhile, others have made what seems to be a more lasting contribution to people's detailed knowledge of the Final Solution.

Keywords:   Holocaust, Holocaust literature, Second World War, Final Solution, Holocaust films, survivor testimonies

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