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“New Europe,” Holocaust Memory, and Antisemitism

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Drawing on the concept of "Holocaust dissolution" and its connections with the commodification process, this chapter argues that the Holocaust memory of the "new Europe" rests on dissolving its specifically Jewish dimensions of genocide into an overarching concept of "modernity", a modernity now transcended, but thought to capture the essence of the "old" Europe. Two consequences follow from this initial premise. The first is the strict equation made of genocidal antisemitism and modernity, and the second, intimately related consequence is the theoretical inability to recognize non-genocidal antisemitism not only in the "old" Europe but also in its new incarnation. The chapter argues that it is this lack of recognition of even the possibility antisemitism that accounts not only for the denial of claims of contemporary European antisemitism, but also the intensity with which those claims are sometimes met and the accusations of "bad faith" and Jewish "particularism" that accompany them.

Keywords: antisemitism; Holocaust memory; Jewish particularism; New Europe



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