Jewish “Culpability”: Redefining Heroism in the Context of the Holocaust

Pettitt, Joanne Louise (2016). Jewish “Culpability”: Redefining Heroism in the Context of the Holocaust. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of History and Culture, 22(4), pp. 357-371. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/17504902.2016.1191166

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This article considers representations of Jewish “culpability” during the Holocaust. Despite the undoubtedly contentious nature of the topic, I take as my starting point that the actions of the victims of the genocide were not all beyond moral reproach. This is not to confuse cause and effect but, rather, to acknowledge the nuances of the atrocity. Analyzing the representation of these ambiguities in a wide range of literature and film, I argue that conceptions of heroism are insufficient in this context because, in their insistence on action over complicity, they inadvertently condemn millions of victims who were violently coerced into submission. Instead, I suggest that the focus of fictional accounts should be on complexity, not heroism.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Old English

UniBE Contributor:

Pettitt, Joanne Louise

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures

ISSN:

1750-4902

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Leona Josefine Irmgard Goop

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2017 12:15

Last Modified:

29 Jan 2019 13:39

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/17504902.2016.1191166

Additional Information:

Online ISSN: 2048-4887

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Holocaust, heroism, Jewish culpability, grey zone, coercion

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96803

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