Preserving Memory : The Struggle For Creating America 's Holocaust Museum

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Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum was written by Edward T. Linenthal. This book was published by the Columbia University Press in New York. The book was copyrighted in 1995 and then once again in 2001. This book also has 336 pages.
Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum gives the reader an extensive overview in the development of the Holocaust Memorial Museum that is located in Washington D.C. In this edition of the book, Linenthal writes a preface. In his opening preface, Linenthal discusses the importance of teaching the Holocaust. He writes about how over time, those in power saw it necessary for there to be a national memorial. Linenthal mentions how some thought that a memorial dedicated just to the Holocaust would cause people to ignore the rich history of Judaism as an entire civilization. Another argument was that funds that could be aiding Jews that are still suffering from anti-Semitism in foreign lands or to help those that were Jewish and struggled to remain Jewish in a secular culture. It was also thought that possibly remembering the Holocaust too well would muddle the relationship between Jews’ and non-Jews. The biggest argument was that the Holocaust was a unique event. Some countered that the argument was only used to claim superiority and have supreme victim status. Another argument was that the Holocaust would be used incorrectly as a filter for modern-day political issues. One Jewish…
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