By Michael Rothberg
Multidirectional reminiscence brings jointly Holocaust reports and postcolonial stories for the 1st time. utilising a comparative and interdisciplinary process, the booklet makes a twofold argument approximately Holocaust reminiscence in a world age by means of situating it within the unforeseen context of decolonization. at the one hand, it demonstrates how the Holocaust has enabled the articulation of different histories of victimization while that it's been declared "unique" between human-perpetrated horrors. at the different, it uncovers the extra astonishing and rarely said indisputable fact that public reminiscence of the Holocaust emerged partially due to postwar occasions that appear initially to have little to do with it. specifically, Multidirectional reminiscence highlights how ongoing approaches of decolonization and pursuits for civil rights within the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, the USA, and in different places unexpectedly galvanized reminiscence of the Holocaust.
Rothberg engages with either famous and non-canonical intellectuals, writers, and filmmakers, together with Hannah Arendt, Aimé Césaire, Charlotte Delbo, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marguerite Duras, Michae
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Forced to flee Germany shortly after the National Socialist rise to power, she spent several years in Paris working for Jewish organizations such as Youth Aliyah, which helped young Jews emigrate to Palestine. After being detained in the French camp Gurs as an “enemy alien” in 1940 when war was declared between France and Germany, she escaped to Lisbon and made her way to New York in 1941 (the very trip that Walter Benjamin had failed to make the previous year). Arendt learned early on about the Nazi genocide, in the winter of 1942–43, and she quickly integrated it into her understanding of politics and history.
This new approach to Holocaust memory has implications, in turn, for those concerned primarily with the varied experience of decolonization and the aftermaths of colonialism. Postcolonial studies can learn from the history of Jews and anti-Semitism in Europe in a number of ways. 39 Even if the histories of Jews and formerly colonized peoples diverge significantly, Europe’s ambivalent memory of the Nazi genocide has left traces that inflect policies and discussions concerning race, religion, nationalism, and citizenship today.
E. B. Du Bois and Caryl Phillips. In between, I discuss the more ambivalent case of André Schwarz-Bart. In Chapter 4, Du Bois’s visit to the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1949, which he reflected on in a 1952 article, becomes the occasion for modeling multidirectional memory. Placing “The Negro and the Warsaw Ghetto” within the larger context of Du Bois’s thinking about Jews, Nazism, race, and resistance, I demonstrate how, against the backdrop of the cold war and continued segregation in the United States, Du Bois rearticulates his concept of “double consciousness” to incorporate the experiences of other minority groups.
Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (Cultural Memory in the Present) by Michael Rothberg