Judging 'privileged' Jews: Holocaust ethics, representation, and the 'grey zone'

Brown, Adam 2013, Judging 'privileged' Jews: Holocaust ethics, representation, and the 'grey zone', Berghahn, New York, NY.

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Title Judging 'privileged' Jews: Holocaust ethics, representation, and the 'grey zone'
Author(s) Brown, Adam
Publication date 2013
Total pages 232
Publisher Berghahn
Place of Publication New York, NY
Keyword(s) Holocaust
Holocaust representation
Holocaust film
Holocaust history
testimony
Primo Levi
privileged Jews
ethics
judgement
media studies
cultural studies
trauma studies
Notes The Nazis’ persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust included the creation of prisoner hierarchies that forced victims to cooperate with their persecutors. Many in the camps and ghettos came to hold so-called “privileged” positions, and their behavior has often been judged as self-serving and harmful to fellow inmates. Such controversial figures constitute an intrinsically important, frequently misunderstood, and often taboo aspect of the Holocaust. Drawing on Primo Levi’s concept of the “grey zone,” this study analyzes the passing of moral judgment on “privileged” Jews as represented by writers, such as Raul Hilberg, and in films, including Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Negotiating the problems and potentialities of “representing the unrepresentable,” this book engages with issues that are fundamental to present-day attempts to understand the Holocaust and deeply relevant to reflections on human nature.
ISBN 0857459929
9780857459923
Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
ERA Research output type A Book
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057250

Document type: Book
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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