Amending The Past: Europe's Holocaust Commissions And The Right To History by Alexander KarnAmending The Past: Europe's Holocaust Commissions And The Right To History by Alexander Karn

Amending The Past: Europe's Holocaust Commissions And The Right To History

byAlexander Karn

Hardcover | September 29, 2015

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During the 1990s and early 2000s in Europe, more than fifty historical commissions were created to confront, discuss, and document the genocide of the Holocaust and to address some of its unresolved injustices. Amending the Past offers the first in-depth account of these commissions, examining the complexities of reckoning with past atrocities and large-scale human rights violations.

Alexander Karn analyzes more than a dozen Holocaust commissions—in Germany, Switzerland, France, Poland, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, and elsewhere—in a comparative framework, situating each in the context of past and present politics, to evaluate their potential for promoting justice and their capacity for bringing the perspectives of rival groups more closely together. Karn also evaluates the media coverage these commissions received and probes their public reception from multiple angles.

Arguing that historical commissions have been underused as a tool for conflict management, Karn develops a program for historical mediation and moral reparation that can deepen democratic commitment and strengthen human rights in both transitional regimes and existing liberal states.

Alexander Karn is an associate professor in the Department of History at Colgate University. He is the coeditor of Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation.
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Title:Amending The Past: Europe's Holocaust Commissions And The Right To HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299305503

ISBN - 13:9780299305505

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Alexander Karn is an assistant professor in the department of history at Colgate University. He is the coeditor (with Elazar Barkan) of Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                 
List of Abbreviations             
 
Introduction: Confronting the Holocaust as Historical Injustice                    
 
Part I. National Holocaust Commissions
1 France and Switzerland: Myths of Resistance and Neutrality                   
2 Poles and Jews: Mediating the Jedwabne Conflict             
3 Austria and Italy: The Reich and Its Allies            
4 Lithuania and Latvia: The Limits of “Double Genocide”               
 
Part II. Bilateral and International Commissions
5 Germany and Its Neighbors            
6 The International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance Claims                      
7 The International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission            
Conclusion: Truth-Telling, Narrativity, and the Right to History                
 
Notes             
Index               

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"Historical commissions, Karn argues, have brought expert historical practice to bear on complex questions, adding new meaning to facts that have either been debated or glossed over. These commissions matter because they serve to amend history in cases in which social memory has impeded understanding of historical injustices and begin the amelioration of past human rights violations." —Choice