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Jewish “culpability”: redefining heroism in the context of the Holocaust

Pettitt, Joanne (2016) Jewish “culpability”: redefining heroism in the context of the Holocaust. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 22 (4). pp. 357-371. ISSN 1750-4902. (doi:10.1080/17504902.2016.1191166) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:68795)

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Abstract

This article considers representations of Jewish “culpability” during the Holocaust. Despite the undoubtedly contentious nature of the topic, I take as my starting point that the actions of the victims of the genocide were not all beyond moral reproach. This is not to confuse cause and effect but, rather, to acknowledge the nuances of the atrocity. Analyzing the representation of these ambiguities in a wide range of literature and film, I argue that conceptions of heroism are insufficient in this context because, in their insistence on action over complicity, they inadvertently condemn millions of victims who were violently coerced into submission. Instead, I suggest that the focus of fictional accounts should be on complexity, not heroism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17504902.2016.1191166
Uncontrolled keywords: Holocaust, heroism, Jewish culpability, grey zone, coercion
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Joanne Pettitt
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2018 12:13 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 12:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68795 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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Pettitt, Joanne.

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