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Response to David Pike’s Review of Spaniards in Mauthausen in Hispanic Review

Response to David Pike’s Review of Spaniards in Mauthausen in Hispanic Review reviews j 105 Response to David Pike’s Review of Spaniards in Mauthausen in Hispanic Review 87(3), Summer 2019, pp. 377–81 David Wingeate Pike’s review of my latest book, Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp, 1940 –2015 (Hispanic Review, vol. 87 , no. 3 , pp. 377 –81 ) begins by claiming that the title “promises a history of Spaniards in Mauthausen.” In that “history” does not appear on the book’s front cover, I would argue that the term that does appear — “representation” —actually commu- nicates the book’s underlying field of inquiry, namely, cultural studies. The title also cannot expand to include the term “Jews,” as Pike suggests it might, because the focus here is on the Spaniards. Encounters that Spanish prisoners had with the relatively few Jews in Mauthausen nevertheless situate some Spaniards as witnesses to the Holocaust. Notwithstanding the handful of errors in my book, results of human fallibility which I will correct in subsequent editions, labelling Spaniards in Mauthausen a “false historiography” is disingenuous. Mistakes are human, as the reviewer himself must recognize, having made a number of them in his review of my book. Pike has added his own meaning to my http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hispanic Review University of Pennsylvania Press

Response to David Pike’s Review of Spaniards in Mauthausen in Hispanic Review

Hispanic Review , Volume 88 (1) – Jan 23, 2020

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reviews j 105 Response to David Pike’s Review of Spaniards in Mauthausen in Hispanic Review 87(3), Summer 2019, pp. 377–81 David Wingeate Pike’s review of my latest book, Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp, 1940 –2015 (Hispanic Review, vol. 87 , no. 3 , pp. 377 –81 ) begins by claiming that the title “promises a history of Spaniards in Mauthausen.” In that “history” does not appear on the book’s front cover, I would argue that the term that does appear — “representation” —actually commu- nicates the book’s underlying field of inquiry, namely, cultural studies. The title also cannot expand to include the term “Jews,” as Pike suggests it might, because the focus here is on the Spaniards. Encounters that Spanish prisoners had with the relatively few Jews in Mauthausen nevertheless situate some Spaniards as witnesses to the Holocaust. Notwithstanding the handful of errors in my book, results of human fallibility which I will correct in subsequent editions, labelling Spaniards in Mauthausen a “false historiography” is disingenuous. Mistakes are human, as the reviewer himself must recognize, having made a number of them in his review of my book. Pike has added his own meaning to my

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Published: Jan 23, 2020

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