Raul Hilberg’s Ethics

  • John K. Roth
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Abstract

In The Politics of Memory, an autobiographical account of the journey that made him preeminent among Holocaust scholars, Raul Hilberg recalls boyhood railroad trips with his parents in the 1930s. “The train,” he says, “opened the world to me”.1 As events unfolded, trains provided not only Hilberg’s “awakening to space” but also one of his most penetrating perspectives for analyzing “the so-called Final Solution, which entailed the transfer of Jews from all parts of Europe to death camps or shooting sites.”2

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    Raul Hilberg, The Politics of Memory: The Journey of a Holocaust Historian (Chicago, IL: Ivan R. Dee, 1996), p. 39.Google Scholar
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