Peter Hayes and John K. Roth

in The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199211869
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article presents some concluding thoughts from the authors. It argues that no book can claim finality and closure regarding Holocaust studies and that the ending(s) of the Holocaust itself have not yet reached finality and closure, and probably never will. It details four Holocaust-related incidents illustrating that fact. Like the Holocaust itself, the field of Holocaust studies does little to encourage optimism about humanity's future and progress. Both entail darkness and invite despair. This book is but a fleeting episode in history's unfolding, and the ending(s) of both will come only with time's passage.

Keywords: Holocaust studies; humanity; history

Article.  1597 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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