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American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares: Early Holocaust Consciousness and Liberal America, 1957-1965 (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life) Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 31, 2006
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"... An intriguing and scholarly analysis . . . essential reading for those interested in comprehending modern American Jewish intellectual traditions and the treatment of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism."--Jewish Book World
"Kirsten Fermaglich's highly suggestive American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares offers a spirited plea for us to reassess the multiple and often ambiguous meanings of secular Jewish identity. Her defense of secular American Jewishness is as well a rebuke to more static ideas about Jewishness that measure identification strictly in terms of ritual observance or temple membership. As Fermaglich demonstrates, secular Jews at the turn of the 1960s championed universal values and liberal causes in a fashion completely consonant with their Jewish identities even while they often neglected (or hesitated) to name Jewishness as a motivation for their actions. As Fermaglich illustrates in a quartet of case studies, the content of secular Jewish self-understanding for these individuals was anything but static. It often could--and did--change dramatically over time. "--Shofar
"American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares is a well-written, fully documented study of how Holocaust consciousness came to America." --Journal of American History
“Fermaglich has a significant command of both the secondary and archival materials, and her writing is elegant. Her book rightly contests the influential work of Peter Novick's The Holocaust in American Life and will be seen by scholars as a companion to Michael Staub's Torn at the Roots, which has uncovered the ways in which the organized Jewish community evoked the Holocaust for different purposes in these same years. This book is essential reading in the fields of Holocaust studies and American Jewish history, and will appeal as well to those interested in the historiography of slavery, women's studies and feminism, and the psychology of obedience and survivors.” (Pamela S. Nadell, Program Director, Jewish Studies, American University)
“American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares is an important intellectual history of four key thinkers who re-envisioned central issues in post-war American life through the lens of the Holocaust. Fermaglich explores the complex terrain of liberalism and radicalism in the transition from the 1950s to the 1960s with fresh insights and careful analysis of the lives and works of Stanley Elkins, Betty Friedan, Stanley Milgram and Robert Jay Lifton, all writers and thinkers whose controversial work shaped American discourse about race, gender, power, and meaning. She helps us to understand the significance of these writers' Jewishness and why they looked to the Holocaust as the key analogy for rethinking the key dynamics of American life. This is a book that is willing to engage moral and political issues!" (Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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