Evoking Genocide: Scholars and Activists Describe the Works That Shaped Their Lives

Evoking Genocide: Scholars and Activists Describe the Works That Shaped Their Lives

by Adam Jones


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Evoking Genocide compiles more than sixty short essays written by leading scholars and activists in the field of genocide studies. These authors pay eloquent tribute to the works of art and media that influenced their engagement with genocide and crimes against humanity. The subjects include books and stories, films, songs, drawings, documents, monuments, sculptures, personal testimonies, and even a Lego set. In an accessible and often deeply personal way, contributors explore their own relationships with the works in question. Edited by Adam Jones, recently selected as one of fifty key thinkers in Holocaust and genocide studies, Evoking Genocide makes an important contribution to the study of the art and culture of mass atrocity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978252694
Publisher: Key Publishing House Incorporated, The
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Adam Jones, Ph.D., is associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. He was an associate research fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. Jones is the author or editor of a dozen published books, including Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction, Men of the Global South: A Reader, and Crimes Against Humanity: A Beginner's Guide. He serves as executive director of Gendercide Watch, an educational website that confronts gender-selective atrocities against men and women worldwide. He is also book review editor of the Journal of Genocide Research.

Table of Contents

Preface Adam Jones 1

"All My Inner Self Protested" Raphael Lemkin 5

Lost Worlds John M. Cox 8

"La Gran Tenochtitlán" Diego Rivera

The Wound at the Heart of the World Christopher Powell 11

The Mission

"A Bargain Indeed" Ward Churchill 18

"My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying" Buffy Sainte-Marie

The Westering Holocaust Benjamin Whitmer 23

Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

My Grandfather's Testimony Sara Cohan 27

Werfel, Musa Dagh, and the Armenian Genocide William Schabas 32

The Forty Days of Musa Dagh Franz Werfel

"The Desire to Communicate Something of My Torment" Nina Krieger 35

photographs and letters Armin T. Wegner

Warning: Here There Be Experts Benjamin Lieberman 43

The Emergence of Modern Turkey Bernard Lewis

Conspiracy of Silence (Voices from the Lake) Ani Kalayjian 45

Discovering the Haitian Massacre Edward Paulino 49

The Norweb Communiqué

Where It All Began Paul R. Bartrop 55

I Was Hitler's Prisoner Stefan Lorant

Documenting Torture in the Early Nazi Camps Joseph Robert White 58

Schlegelkeller Karl Schwesig

Sexuality and Genocide Jack Nusan Porter 65

Magnus Hirschfeld

The Multiple Meanings of Lidice Atenea Acevedo 70

Monument to the Child Victims of War

A Boy Who Refused to Grow Up, and One Who Did Michael Hayse 73

The Tin Drum Günter Grass

A Tale of Two Children Diane F. Afoumado 77

Mon Ami Frédéric Hans Peter Richter

The Attic and the Imagination Jina Moore 80

The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank

Lessing's Wisdom Viktoria Hertling 84

Nathan the Wise Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Not the Holocaust Memorial Pam Maclean 87

Vienna Or-Sarua Synagogue

The Processes ofDestruction Joyce Apsel 91

The Destruction of the European Jews Raul Hilberg

The Look of Terror Robert Skloot 94

The Shop on Main Street

The Role of the Bystander Fred Grünfeld 97

"The Town Beyond the Wall" Elie Wiesel

"Revisiting Again and Again the Kingdom of Night" Steven L. Jacobs 101

Night Elie Wiesel

Will Only the Darkness Remain? John K. Roth 104

Night Elie Wiesel

The Holocaust as the Holocaust Jonathan C. Friedman 108

The Grey Zone

Keeping Memory Alive Henry Maitles 114

Primo Levi

Identity and Contested Authenticity Dominik J. Schaller 118

Fragments Binjamin Wilkomirski

The Language of Klemperer Jens Meierhenrich 122

LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii Victor Klemperer

Trauma and Transcendence William L. Hewitt 129

Man's Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl

On Visiting the Auschwitz Museum Jacques Sémelin 133

State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau

At the Wall Alexander George 137

"Execution Wall" Judy Ellis Glickman

"The Wealth of All Humanity" Donna-Lee Frieze 139

Train of Life

Confronting the Porrajmos Fiona de Londras 142

And the Violins Stopped Playing Alexander Ramati

There's No Place Like Home Simone Gigliotti 145

The Illustrated Auschwitz

Genocide and the Shock Process in Conceptual Art Stephen C. Feinstein 148

LEGO Concentration Camp Zbigniew Libera

The Moral Capital of the World Winton Higgins 152

Weapons of the Spirit

"You and I, We Must Change the World" Helen Bond 156

photographed by Hans Knopf Raphael Lemkin

Eichmann, Mulisch and Me G. Jan Colijn 161

De Zaak Harry Mulisch

Ugliness and Distance Eric Gordy 164

Eichmann in Jerusalem Hannah Arendt

Color Plates I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII 169

Morality, Indifference, and Evil Ernesto Verdeja 177

His Battle with Truth Gitta Sereny Albert Speer

Journey through Denial John C. Zimmerman 181

The Dissolution of Eastern European Jewry Walter Sanning

At Seventeen Lee Ann Fujii 185

Cambodia Photo exhibition Amnesty International

Beyond Good and Evil Scott Laderman 188

The Killing Fields

The Horror Stefanie Rixecker 191

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Soon Adam Jones 195

Midnight Oil, "Hercules"

The Question of the Act Lior Zylberman 200

The Act in Question

Photography, Memory, and Denial Marcia Esparza 204

photographs from Guatemala Jonathan Moller

Images of Impunity Victoria Sanford 210

Guatemala crime scene photos

A Reluctant Genocide Activist Thomas Nagy 215

US Defense Intelligence Agency document

Children's Photos Daniel H. Magilow 219

Early Photos of Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler

The Face of Genocide Donna-Lee Frieze 222

Photo by Ron Haviv, from Blood and Honey

The Death of "King" Habyarimana Christopher C. Taylor 224

Cartoon in Kangura, Rwanda

A Simple Task Shayna C. Parekh 230

Greg Barker (dir.), Ghosts of Rwanda (2004)

"Never Again," Again David J. Simon 235

"Guernica"; Dachau and Kigali memorials Pablo Picasso

Dili on Fire Russell Schimmer 238

Landsat photo of East Timor

Different Kinds of People Wendy C. Hamblet 242

American History X

"The Enemy We Seek To Destroy" R. Charli Carpenter 247

"I, Borg," episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Brotherhood Alex Hinton 252

"Hermandad" Octavio Paz

"A Single Child" Eric Reeves 254

Paul Jeffrey photo; Ursula K. Le Guin "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"

About the Editor 257

About the Cover Image 259

About the Contributors 260

Resources and Further Reading 273

Index 307

What People are Saying About This

Gerald Caplan

"Those who spend their lives studying genocide in order to prevent its recurrence are by definition a curious breed. These very personal and often moving essays reveal the disparate sources that have motivated otherwise 'normal' women and men to immerse themselves in trying to fathom the most egregious examples of man's inhumanity to man (and yes, it's mostly men). Readers may be surprised to find themselves wanting to join the cause."--(Gerald Caplan, author of The Betrayal of Africa)

Mia Farrow

"Evoking Genocide comprises sixty brief essays, fascinatingly diverse, each deploying a particular textual or visual touchstone in an effort to reveal the author's struggle to confront the ultimate crime. The best of them bring us powerfully close to the singular agony that comes from taking genocide seriously, from refusing to turn away from evil even if it is unfathomable."--(Mia Farrow, advocate and actor)

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