Problems Unique to the Holocaust

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Harry James Cargas
University Press of Kentucky, 18 Jul 2013 - 208 halaman

Victims of the Holocaust were faced with moral dilemmas for which no one could prepare. Yet many of the life-and-death situations forced upon them required immediate actions and nearly impossible choices. In Problems Unique to the Holocaust, today's leading Holocaust scholars examine the difficult questions surrounding this terrible chapter in world history. Is it ever legitimate to betray others to save yourself? If a group of Jews is hiding behind a wall and a baby begins to cry, should an adult smother the child to protect the safety of the others? How guilty are the bystanders who saw what was happening but did nothing to aid the victims of persecution? In addition to these questions, one contributor considers whether commentators can be objective in analyzing the Holocaust or if this is a topic to be left only to Jews. In the final essay, another scholar assesses the challenge of ethics in a post-Holocaust world. This singular collection of essays, which closes with a meditation on Daniel Goldhagen's controversial book Hitler's Willing Executioners, asks bold questions and encourages readers to look at the tragedy of the Holocaust in a new light.

 

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Preface
The Moral Dilemma of Motherhood in the Nazi Death
Holocaust Victims of Privilege
Suicides or Murders?
Holocaust Suicides
Victims of Evil or Evil of Victims?
Medicine in the Shadow of Nuremberg
Is Objectivity Morally Defensible in Discussing
Indifferent Accomplices
Intruding on Private Grief
Christians as Holocaust Scholars
Art After Auschwitz
Reflections on PostHolocaust Ethics
Afterword
Contributors

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HARRY JAMES CARGAS was Professor Emeritus of Literature and Language at Webster University, and the author of 31 books, including Reflections of a Post-Auschwitz Christian (1989), Conversations with Elie Wiesel (1992), and Voices from the Holocaust (1993).

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