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Collect and Record!Jewish Holocaust Documentation in Early Postwar Europe$
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Laura Jockusch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764556.001.0001

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Early Chroniclers of the Holocaust

Early Chroniclers of the Holocaust

Jewish Historical Commissions and Documentation Centers in the Aftermath of the Second World War

(p.3) Introduction Early Chroniclers of the Holocaust
Collect and Record!

Laura Jockusch

Oxford University Press

The Introduction leads into the transnational phenomenon of early Jewish Holocaust research by discussing a 1947 conference of Jewish historical commissions and documentation centers in Paris. Most of the book’s protagonists were present at this meeting and discussed the major issues relating to the documentation work, all of which will reappear in the book’s subsequent chapters: the purpose and usage of Holocaust documentation, the value of victim and perpetrator sources, research methods and audience, and the question of whether, given their traumatic experience, survivors were capable of historical “objectivity.” Surveying the existing scholarly literature on the topic, the introduction then situates the book within the larger fields of post-1945 European and Jewish histories and Holocaust studies which in recent years began to focus on the aftermath of the Second World War. It elaborates on this study’s innovative take and lays out its method of comparative history, its sources, and research questions.

Keywords:   comparative history, Holocaust studies, Jewish history, objectivity, perpetrator sources, post-1945 European history, research methods, transnational, victim sources

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