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Toward a Sociology of the Shoah
Edited with an Afterword by Jeremy Adler
With an Introduction by S. Jonathan Wiesen
Translated by Belinda Cooper
210 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-164-7 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (December 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80539-373-3 eBook Not Yet Published
H.G. Adler (1910–1988) was one of the founding figures of Holocaust scholarship whose monumental monograph Theresienstadt 1941-1945. The Face of a Coerced Community (1955; 1960) was the first study to present a fully documented account of the Final Solution. This collection gathers together, for the first time in English, some of Adler’s most important scholarly essays on the Shoah and connected themes. Ideas raised for the first time in his book on Theresienstadt are here taken up and developed at greater length, new accents are set, and new themes are explored. Spanning his thought across three decades they focus on the fate of the ‘coerced’ human being and reflect on freedom, enslavement, terror, concentration camps, persecution, the mass society, dread, loneliness, and ideology.
H.G. Adler was born in Prague in 1910 and studied musicology, literature, sociology and philosophy at Charles University. He was interned in various concentration camps from 1941-45, devoted himself to raising orphans in Prague after liberation in 1945 and emigrated to London in 1947, where he died in 1988. His published works include novels, such as The Journey and Panorama and scholarly works including Der verwaltete Mensch and Theresienstadt 1941-1945. Among others, Adler was awarded the Leo Baeck Prize (1958) and the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal (1974).
Jeremy Adler is Professor Emeritus of German and Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. He has published and edited books on many topics, including Goethe, visual poetry, Kafka, exile literature, Elias Canetti and Hölderlin. His co-authored biography of Franz Baermann Steiner was published in 2021. He reviews and writes for the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Subject: Genocide HistoryJewish StudiesHistory: World War II
Area: GermanyNorthern Europe
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