and remote for this reader, but from insight she has developed from her own earlier experience in studying Polish-Jewish relations from the perspective of a Jewish immigrant from Poland to Canada. This book is most successful when it is explicitly informed by issues of Holocaust remembrance in Poland. With this grounding, for example, she joins Michael Schudson in insisting that the realities of the past do and should contain the stories we can make up about the past. With this grounding, she has fresh things to say about how cultures that have presented themselves as "victims"postwar Poland and Austria, for examples-have greater trouble acknowledging and engaging the Jewishness of the Auschwitz nightmare. She observes with great empathy and sophistication the moral challenges that have faced different participants, observers, and inheritors of the Holocaust experience. By contrast, few readers will be startled by her generalized suggestion that we need to view the past through perspectives of "The Other." She is much less successful in viewing the development of women's history as primarily "memory work" that fills in "absences" in accounts of the past..She shuns the challenges that "invented memories" Book Reviews pose for understanding processes of remembrance that engage
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Oct 3, 1996
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