ARTICLE: "Is There Anything Left to Say About the Holocaust?"

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The article, by Thane Rosenbaum, is published in the Jewish Journal here:

http://jewishjournal.com/cover_story/232667/anything-left-say-holocaust/

Professor Rosenbaum is an American novelist, essayist, and law professor, and director of the Forum on Law, Culture, & Society, at NYU Law School, where he is a Distinguished Fellow.

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Overall, I am positive on Thane's piece. But I think there is room to ask harder questions about what "saying" means--when, where, and how. No expectation that this could or should be "regulated." But I do think that we are virtually drowning in kitsch, cliche, sentimentality, misinformation, cowardice in response to 'big donors', political exploitation, and bottomless naivete (however well intended) about what "remembering the Holocaust" can or could ever achieve.There are also taboos--for example, about class, both during and after the destruction--that lead to questions more potentially explosive than even the early considerations of gender. In any event, some of the "failure" of Holocaust remembrance has had nothing to do with how remembrance has happened. But I don't think that's true of all of it.

Hank Greenspan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
hgreensp@umich.edu

Here's something of interest to this discussion. A friend of mine, daughter of a survivor, Michelle Bisson has written an illustrated children's book Hedy's Journey, published by Capstone press. It is about her mother's successful flight from the Nazis. It has won one award, been praised and reviewed a lot and is up for two more.

Sydney Taylor Award Notable for 2017
One of the best books of 2017: A Mighty Girl (also on the best books list for Holocaust Remembrance Week/day)

Finalist for the:
Midwest Book Awards
Foreword Magazine’s INDIES Book of the Year Awards

So, this does at least demonstrate that an interest and concern about the Holocaust and hearing/sharing Holocaust stories continues in this part of the thinking/reading world.