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Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History

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Long Shadows offers a personal examination into the shifting terrain of war and memory that seeks to understand how nations come to terms with their most painful history. Combining storytelling with observation, Paris takes the reader on a remarkable journey through four continents to explore how nations reinvent themselves after cataclysmic events. She seeks out politicia ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published June 2nd 2001 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2000)
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Nancy
It has been a while since I read this book, but I mentioned it in a review for "Sarah's Key" and thought I should put in a comment here.

A well-written, and comparatively easy to read, look at the significance of 'national memories', the stories of a country's past. In this case, for my interest, mainly WWII: the Holocaust for France and Germany and the wartime actions of Japan, each country being at a different stage of coming to terms with the 'real' versus the 'official' story. The author delv
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Христо Блажев
Ровичкане в историческата тиня – “Дълги сенки” на Ерна Парис: http://www.knigolandia.info/2009/12/b...

Канадката Ерна Парис си е поставила тежка задача – да изследва националната памет за тежки исторически събития като войни и репресии. За прицелна точка тя е взела Германия, Франция, Япония по отношение Втората световна война, САЩ за робството и Южна Африка и апартейда. Парис обикаля тези държави към края на 90-те и резултатът е една великолепна книга.
Richard Janzen
Although this was not a quick or entertaining read, I think it was worth it. Each chapter focuses on a place and an issue: holocaust in germany, ww2 human rights violations in japan, apartheid in south africa, slavery in usa, war crimes in yugoslavia, etc. Each chapter introduces people and issues that show the complexities of each theme, and in particular relates the role of memory, apology and forgiveness.
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Patrick
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On the phoenomenon of how nations, societies, and individuals face up to the shameful historical events of their recent past. Starts off with how Germany faces up to its Nazi past. So far, a good read.
Sarah
This book impacted the way I evaluated the presentation of history. It is an indepth look at how different countries handle the black marks that exist in their pasts.
Suzie Diver
Very thought provoking... How do you deal with group or cultural guilt? Why are there so many Holocaust museums in the US and none focused on slavery?
Stephanie
A read about the struggles of countries painful histories of slavery, apartheid, Holocaust & Hiroshima. I am just beginning it.
Kim
shared with Sarah - outstanding perspective - one of those books you think about just about every month thereafter
John
An unforgiving account of history. Exceptionally hard to read, but necessary.
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“At the end of this journey, it seems to me that reconciling the long shadows cast by the uneasy past may ultimately depend on elements so basic that they bring to mind a simple Slav proverb I once came across and never forgot: Eat bread and salt and speak the truth. They are the recovery of fact, public accountability and the instituting of fair trials of one sort or another, to help mark ends and beginnings and to return the moral compass as close to the centre as possible.” 2 likes
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