Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Politics of Memory: The Journey of a Holocaust Historian” as Want to Read:
The Politics of Memory: The Journey of a Holocaust Historian
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Politics of Memory: The Journey of a Holocaust Historian

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This is the poignant memoir of a man who has spent most of his lifetime immersed in the evidence of one of the great horrors in human history. It is both a record of how it affected him and a revelation of the surprising ways in which his monumental work was received by his contemporaries. Even after thirty-five years, Raul Hilberg s The Destruction of the European Jews re ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 4th 2002 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published 1994)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Politics of Memory, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Politics of Memory

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 77)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Hilberg is the author of the famous work on the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews His book recognized the vast coordinated enterprise that was needed to accomplish the Final Solution. Tens of thousands of bureaucrats were essential parts to this great machine, and if any of these parts had failed “to do their duty”, the machinery would have ground to a halt.

Hilberg and his family fled Austria in 1939 following Hitler’s annexation of that country. They traveled to the United States
Mikel Mancisidor
Por el poco recomendable (para los autores) medio de un obituario en prensa me enteré de la exitencia (paradójico) de Raul Hilberg y de su obra. Me enteré de que es el historiador primero, de referencia y más minucioso del Holocasuto judio, me enteré de su vida y de su obra, de sus polémicas y de sus posiciones que no terminan de agradar ni a unos (los que prentender rebajar la excepcionalidad de la dimensión del horror) como otros (los que quieren utilizarlo para edificar otros fines).

Tiene obr
Interesting book from Hilberg. All of the major Holocaust scholars seem to really dislike eachother. All of the animosity just takes away from their arguments, in my opinion.
Leif Barron
May 30, 2008 Leif Barron is currently reading it
Still reading this text at the moment, but thus far it is a somewhat elegiac semi-autobiography from the greatest Holocaust scholar ever. Hilberg is precise and deliberate with his text, which although occasionally dry, provides for clarity and insight into one of the most important and vital scholarly careers of the 20th century.
this is an interesting book, but it wavers between being a provocative dissection of the contentious issue of what methods should be used to document and research the holocaust (and what kind of work might result from it), and a more personal discussion of hilberg's life. it does neither convincingly, and is therefore patchy.
This story depicts the struggle Hilberg had with publishing his popular work, "Destruction of the European Jews." Having never read the previous work, maybe it would have helped. Still, many people claim his problem was that he was too early since the Holocaust was still too fresh in everyone's mind at the time
An very readable account of a life spent in heroic research of the great crime of the twentieth century, by the author of one the first great comprehensive accounts of the Holocaust.
Rayne Holm
Should be called "great stories happen to those who know how to tell them." Hilberg is overdramatic and does a fair amount of mud-slinging, but does note several important issues.
Aug 08, 2007 Christine marked it as to-read
I already read parts of this -- but considering his recent death, I feel the need to revisit it. It's the end of an era, and I need to have some kind of personal tribute.
Aliyya is currently reading it
Apr 04, 2015
Sue marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2015
Stephen marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2015
Luc Verhaegh
Luc Verhaegh marked it as to-read
Oct 28, 2014
Harriet L. Cohen
Harriet L. Cohen marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2014
Cnaphan marked it as to-read
Mar 18, 2014
Robert marked it as to-read
Mar 03, 2014
Aaron marked it as to-read
Jan 23, 2014
Tanuj Solanki
Tanuj Solanki marked it as to-read
Nov 23, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Raul Hilberg was an Austrian-born American political scientist and historian. He was widely considered to be the world's preeminent scholar of the Holocaust, and his three-volume, 1,273-page magnum opus, The Destruction of the European Jews, is regarded as a seminal study of the Nazi Final Solution.
More about Raul Hilberg...
The Destruction of the European Jews Perpetrators Victims Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe 1933-1945 Sources of Holocaust Research: An Analysis Die Vernichtung der europäischen Juden - Band 1 Too Fantastic to Be True

Share This Book