Book details: THE CHANGING SHAPE OF HOLOCAUST MEMORY
Young, James E.
THE CHANGING SHAPE OF HOLOCAUST MEMORY
Imprint: New York: American Jewish Committee, 1995 Edition:
Original Wrappers. 8vo. Vi, 49 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Six color graphs describing survey data relating to public opinion and knowledge about the Holocaust. An essay by James Young concerning popular opinion and knowledge of the Holocaust based on the findings of a series of surveys by The American Jewish Committee starting in 1992 and continuing after the publication of this essay. The topics contained within the survey questions include Holocaust literature, specific Holocaust history and Holocaust Memorial sites. “James E. Young is Professor of English and Judaic Studies, and Chair, Judaic Studies Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. ” (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ushmm.org) “Young's scholarly work focuses on historical memory and memorialization, and in particular the aesthetics and politics of Holocaust memorials, on which he is a recognized authority. Young's insight that ‘the motives of memory are never pure’ informs his examination of the ways in which contemporary political commitments and exigencies shape what is remembered and how it is memorialized, and how a memorial may become part of a reductive political mythology. He proposes that the ‘countermonument’ – a work of art that interrogates and undermines intended, official meaning – is the best guarantor that viewers will experience a more genuine sense of historical memory not entirely mediated by a heroic or redemptive national narrative. ” (EJ 2007) Subjects: Holocaust Memorials. Holocaust – Jews. OCLC lists 27 copies worldwide. Later staple binding. Light shelf wear. Text and pages bright and clean. Good + condition. (HOLO2-109-32), Holo9, (hg)