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Bernstein chooses the Holocaust as the prime example of our tendency toward foregone conclusions. He argues eloquently against politicians and theologians who depict the Holocaust as foreordained and its victims as somehow implicated in a fate they should have been able to foresee. But his argument ranges wider. From recent biographies of Kafka to the Israeli-P.L.O. peace accords, from campus cultural diversity debates to the Crown Heights riots, Bernstein warns against our passive acceptance of historical or personal victimization.
An essential contribution to Holocaust studies, this book is also a lucid call to transform the way we read and write history and the way we make sense of our lives.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature, Appelfeld, Aron, Badenhaim, °ir nofesh, Victims in literature, Holocaust,Jewish (1939-1945) Influence, Jews History Philosophy