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The Cost of Holocaust

        "There is no salvation to he extracted from the Holocaust, no faltering Judaism can he revived by it, no new reason for the continuation of the Jewish people can he found in it. If there is hope after the Holocaust, it is because to those who believe, the voice of the Prophets speaks more loudly than did Hitler, and because the divine promise sweeps over the crematoria and silences the voice of Auschwitz."—Michael Wyschogrod "Faith and the Holocaust"

Almost half of all Americans are unable to locate Mexico on the map, but you do not have to know when the Nazi holocaust occurred to notice that the further that event recedes in time, the more overwhelmingly it looms upon die American scene. Peter Novick's The Holocaust in American Life is an attempt at explaining why.

From World War II until the mid-1960's, neither the holocaust nor the state of Israel loomed large in the American consciousness, Jewish or gentile. Before the war, it escaped no one's attention that the Third Reich was hostile to Jews, but then there seemed to be a lot of other people the regime did not like, too. As the war progressed, rumors and, later, documented stories of anti-semitic atrocities surfaced—in the context of a global struggle that ultimately took between 50 and 60 million lives. This, Novick stresses, was the perception of many American Jews, as well as non-Jews....

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