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£29.95

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.
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 Linenthal is professor of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory and Sacred Ground: Americans and their Battlefields.