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Lessons and Legacies V : The Holocaust and Justice

Weiss, Theodore Zev

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ISBN 10: 0810119153 / ISBN 13: 9780810119154
Published by Northwestern University Press, 2002
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Title: Lessons and Legacies V : The Holocaust and ...

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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How can one link the Holocaust and justice, given the enormity of the Holocaust? Is justice even possible for a crime of such magnitude, and if so, what kind of justice? Weighing these questions and their implications, a group of distinguished scholars attempts to untangle the complex and often contradictory conjunction of the Holocaust and justice.

Seeking a historical context, the contributors ask, What were the political, social, psychological, and ideological prerequisites for this tragedy? Considering the courts and trials both during and immediately after World War II, and recent cases against aging perpetrators, the contributors examine the legal circumstances for trying to provide justice, the dimming impact of passing time, and other issues that complicate litigation. Their inquiry extends to questions about memory--how it is shaped and reshaped and whether it can be reliable--and about the re-creation of events of the Holocaust by a second generation. Does reassembling the evidence through the lenses of a later generation provide a deeper understanding, and does this understanding include a sense of justice accomplished?

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The Holocaust and justice: How can one link these terms, given the enormity of the Holocaust? Is justice possible for a crime of such magnitude? If so, what kind of justice: In the courts? Before the bar of history? Retrospective as well as contemporary? Divine? Weighing these questions and their considerable implications, a group of distinguished scholars attempt to untangle the complex and often contradictory conjunction of the Holocaust and justice.
What were the political, social, psychological, and ideological prerequisites for this tragedy, the contributors ask, seeking an historical context. What animated the murderers and what agencies did they work through? Considering the courts and trials, from those during and immediately after the war to recent cases against aging perpetrators, they examine the legal circumstances for trying to provide justice, the dimming impact of passing time, and other issues that complicate litigation. Their inquiry extends to questions about memory-how it is shaped and reshaped and whether it can be reliable-and about the recreation of the events of the Holocaust for a second generation: Does reassembling the evidence of the Holocaust through the lenses of a later generation provide a deeper understanding, and does this understanding include a sense of justice accomplished?
In raising and responding to these questions in a balanced, multifaceted, and informative way, this volume sharpens and deepens our understanding of a topic that has only become more perplexing and pressing with time.

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