Preserving Memory

The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum

Edward T. Linenthal

Columbia University Press

Preserving Memory

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Pub Date: September 2001

ISBN: 9780231124072

352 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $36.00£30.00

Preserving Memory

The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum

Edward T. Linenthal

Columbia University Press

Since its first year in 1993, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has attracted more than 15 millino visitors, sometimes at the rate of 10,000 a day, each of whom has walked away with an indelible impression of awe in the face of the unimaginable. This lively, honest, behind-the-scenes account details the emotionally complex fifteen-year struggle surrounding the museum's birth.

A superb book which tells in an exciting manner how the preservation of memory for the public must navigate between sentimentality and special interests in order to recapture the past.

George L. Mosse, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Every museum has its own hidden past. Edward Linenthal has succeeded not only in revealing the complicated, fascinating history of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum but also in making the origins of this museum part of our own Holocaust memory.

James E. Young, author of The Texture of Memory

An intriguing, highly informative, 'insider'account of one of America's most important new cultural institutions....Bravo.

Stephen T. Katz, Cornell University

A brilliant book, incisive and clear... reveals the tensions, plunges, and surges that led to this bold museum and the preservation behind its walls of one of the most painful memories of modern history.

Raul Hilberg, author of The Destruction of the European Jews

A masterpiece. It mesmerizes the reader.

Deborah Lipstadt, author of Denying the Holocaust
Preface: Violence and American Landscape
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Locating Holocaust Memory in American Culture
1. The Decision to Remember
2. The Site of Holocaust Memory
3. Embryonic Thoughts: The Commission's Museum Beginnings: 1980-87
4. Interior Space: The Mood of Memory
Conclusion. Mobilizing Holocaust Memory
Notes
Index

About the Author

Edward T. Linenthal is professor of religious studies at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He is the author of The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory and Sacred Ground: Americans and their Battlefields.