By Tim Cole
Published by Bloomsbury Continuum (2016)
At a time when there may appear to be nothing new to say about the Holocaust here is a book of genuine originality and imagination. The theme is the place of the Holocaust; the Holocaust as a place-making event for both perpetrators and victims.
Through concepts such as distance and proximity, Professor Cole tells the story of the Holocaust through a number of landscapes where genocide was implemented, experienced and evaded and which have subsequently been forgotten in the post-war world. Drawing on particular survivors' narratives, Holocaust Landscapes moves between a series of ordinary and extraordinary places and the people who inhabited them throughout the years of the Second World War. Starting in Germany in the late 1930s, the book shifts chronologically and geographically westwards but ends up in Germany in the final chaotic months of the war. These landscapes range from the most iconic (synagogue, ghetto, railroad, camp, attic) to less well known sites (forest, sea and mountain, river, road, displaced persons camp).
Holocaust Landscapes provides a new perspective surrounding the shifting geographies and histories of this continent-wide event.
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