Remembering the Holocaust in Germany, Austria, Italy and Israel: “Vergangenheitsbewältigung” as a Historical Quest offers an account on post-war coming-to-terms with the Holocaust tragedy in some European countries, such as Germany, Austria, and Italy. The subject has attracted more attention in recent years, since the long transition to liberal democracy seems to have put an end to the main theme of the memory of the Second World War.
The main point of the volume is the making of a new generational memory after the “end of history”. What is to be done after the making of a globalised world? What about the memorialisation of the last century?
Vincenzo Pinto, Ph.D. (1974) is an Italian historian, teacher, and journalist. He has published books, translations, and critical editions on Zionism, anti-Semitism, and Jewish contemporary identity. Among them, the biography of Ze'ev Vladimir Jabotinsky (2007) and the first Italian critical edition of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf (2017).
Introduction: The Meaning of History: Coming to Terms with the Past Vincenzo Pinto
part 1: Articles
1 “Coming to Terms with the Past” or “Policy for the Past”? The 1950s West German Compensations for Holocaust Survivors and German Expellees Iris Nachum
2 Austria’s Repressed Guilt in Theory and Practice Claudia Leeb
3 Coming to Terms with the Holocaust with Reference to Memorial Monuments in Europe: A Comparative Analysis Antonella Tiburzi
4 Theodor W. Adorno, Günther Anders, and the Representation of the End Time: Beckett at Auschwitz Micaela Latini
5 “Against a Present that Places the Incomprehensible in the Cold Storage of History”: The Representation and Experience of Limit in Jean Améry and Primo Levi Matteo Cavalleri
6 Between a Quest for a Heimat and Alienation: Jean Améry’s Journey after Auschwitz Francesco Ferrari
7 “Denn fühlen die Mächtigen sich bedroht, so schlagen sie die Gerechten”: Looking at History in König David Bericht by Stefan Heym Massimo De Villa
8 “Those Who Have Suffered Too Much Do Not Always Reason Well”: Primo Levi, Furio Jesi, and the 1968 Debate on Spiritual and Political Zionism Carlo Trombino
part 2: Testimonies
Testimony 1: Does a Past Pass? Gianerico Rusconi
Testimony 2: The Meaning of Italian “Resistenza” Alberto Cavaglion
part 3: Appendices
Appendix 1: The Meaning of Working through the Past Theodor W. Adorno
Appendix 2: Commemorative Event in the Plenary Hall of the German Bundestag on the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War in Europe (Bonn, May 8, 1985) Richard von Weiszäcker
Appendix 3: A Letter to Monica (25th April 1983) Primo Levi
Coming to Terms with the Past in Postwar Germany: A Bibliography Stefano Aliberti
Index of Names and Places
All interested in the history of "Vergangenheitsbewältigung" and memorialisation of the Second World War, with particular reference to the Jewish case.