How and when did the Holocaust come to loom so large in postwar Jewish and American and international life? This is the question that this book sets out to answer. It asks whether defining Jewishness in terms of victimhood alone does not hand Hitler a posthumous victory, and whether claiming uniqueness for the Holocaust does not render other atrocities (Biafra, Rwanda, Kosovo) "not so bad".
Peter Novick is a professor of history at the University of Chicago. He is the author of THE RESISTANCE VERSUS VICHY: The Purge of Collaborators in Liberated France (1968) and THAT NOBLE DREAM: The Objectivity Question and the American Historical Profession, which won the American Historical Association's book Prize in 1988.