How the Holocaust Looks Now offers a series of essays that explores the historical culture the holocaust has engendered in Europe, Israel, and the USA; the politics of its reception and representation since the 1950s; the motivations for and effectiveness of commemorating it, and the creative and didactic practices it has generated in contemporary literature, art, and thought. This volume brings together contributions from leading scholars and commentators of different nationalities, generations and personal investment in the issues the Holocaust raises. As a result, it represents current thinking about the Holocaust that is particularly topical now that it is beginning to move out of the living memory of those who were immediately affected by it. In all, this book provides a thought-provoking intellectual experience and a comprehensive study of the legacy of the Holocaust, with topics ranging from the moving reflections of a survivor to the effectiveness of Holocaust memorials; from the persistence of anti-Semitism to the political exploitation of the Holocaust in Israeli politics; and from the embarrasssments of bystanders' memories to Jewish artists' satirical caricatures of the persecutors.
MARTIN L. DAVIES studied Modern Languages at St. John's College, Oxford, and is currently Reader in History at the University of Leicester, UK. He has also held Research Fellowships at the Centre for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam. His publications include Historics: Why History Dominates Contemporary Society (2006) and Identity or History? Marcus Herz and the End of the Enlightenment (1995). CLAUS-CHRISTIAN W. SZEJNMANN was born in Munich, studied in London, and is currently Reader in Modern European History, as well as Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. His major publications are Vom Traum zum Alptraum: Sachsen wahrend der Weimarer Republik (2000) and Nazism in Central Germany: The Brownshirts in 'Red' Saxony (1999) and the forthcoming Nazism in Germany: a Comparative Regional History (2009).