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POINTS OF VIEW: On the Abuses in Research of the Holocaust Experience.
POINTS OF VIEW: On the Abuses in Research of the Holocaust Experience.

Author(s): Jacek Leociak
Subject(s): History
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: Holocaust research; postmodernist Holocaust discourse; threats and abuses in academic research

Summary/Abstract: The abuses in the presentation of the Holocaust in art, film, and literature have been extensively studied in contemporary humanist studies. The analyses point to the phenomenon of the Holocaust’s McDonaldization, its political instrumentalization, ideological manipulation and commercialization. The article is an attempt at a critical examination of a different dimension of the phenomenon in question, hitherto overlooked, namely the abuses in Holocaust research. The author points at a number of dangers which appear in the academic Holocaust discourse – from the “source myth” to narcissistic temptations.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 385-396
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English