Jewish Social Memory and the Augmented Stages of Genocide

  • Shulamit Reinharz


This chapter has several parts: Social Memory of Genocide as a Jewish Responsibility; Genocide as a Continuing Phenomenon; Genocide as an Area of Research; Genocide Stage Theory; Three Innovations for Genocide Stage Theory; Augmenting Stanton’s 10 Stages; and a brief Conclusion. Religious texts and annual holidays within Jewish life reinforce the importance of remembering Jewish history. The Holocaust is the focus of much, but not all, of this memory work. Remembering the Holocaust assiduously, however, has not prevented the occurrence of numerous genocides since the end of World War II. Genocide analyst, Gregory Stanton’s stage theory describes how genocide unfolds. This chapter augments his model with three additional ideas: silencing dissent, forming alliances, and apologizing publicly.


Social memory Gregory Stanton Stages of Genocide Holocaust Second generation Political apologies Jewish responsibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jacob Potofsky Professor Emerita of SociologyBrandeis UniversityWalthamUSA

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