Beyond Helpless Victims and Survivor Trauma: New Historiography on Jews in the Age of the Holocaust

Ferenc Laczo*

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This review essay explores recent scholarship on the history of Jews in the post-Habsburg territories, before and after the Second World War. The impressive wave of scholarship that has emerged in recent decades on European Jewish history shortly before, during and, increasingly, after the Holocaust, has only made historians more aware of how much they have left to do to reconstruct, at least in text, the lives of European Jews ? a multilingual and culturally, economically and politically heterogeneous group ? that the Holocaust so systematically and brutally destroyed. Aiming to overcome reductionist attempts that either subsume the history of Jews under a national narrative or parcel it into separate national units without comparative or transnational agendas, a growing number of scholars aim to reconceptualise Jewish history as being crucial to European and global history.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-707
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary European History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

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