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Holocaust Icons: Symbolizing the Shoah in History and Memory

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780813574028
Author(s): Oren Baruch Stier
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Dimensions: 152 x 230 x 17 (w x l x h)
Pages: 272
Pages: 18-22

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The Holocaust has bequeathed to contemporary society a cultural lexicon of intensely powerful symbols, a vocabulary of remembrance that we draw on to comprehend the otherwise incomprehensible horror of the Shoah. Engagingly written and illustrated with more than forty black-and-white images, Holocaust Icons probes the history and memory of four of these symbolic relics left in the Holocaust's wake. Jewish studies scholar Oren Stier offers in this volume new insight into symbols and the symbol-making process, as he traces the lives and afterlives of certain remnants of the Holocaust and their ongoing impact. Stier focuses in particular on four icons: the railway cars that carried Jews to their deaths, symbolizing the mechanics of murder; the Arbeit Macht Frei ('work makes you free') sign over the entrance to Auschwitz, pointing to the insidious logic of the camp system; the number six million that represents an approximation of the number of Jews killed as well as mass murder more generally; and the persona of Anne Frank, associated with victimization.
Stier shows how and why these icons - an object, a phrase, a number, and a person - have come to stand in for the Holocaust: where they came from and how they have been used and reproduced; how they are presently at risk from a variety of threats such as commodification; and what the future holds for the memory of the Shoah. In illumina
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