Click here for a Brief Introduction to the Nazi Genocide of the Jews, 1933-45
Brother and Sister in the Lodz Ghetto from: Lodz Ghetto: Inside a Community Under Siege, compiled and edited by Alan Adelson and Robert Lapides (New York: Penguin, 1989), p. 123.
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Responses to the Holocaust: A Hypermedia Sourcebook for the Humanities is intended to introduce the viewer/reader to the various discourses, disciplines, media and institutions that have produced significant critical and theoretical positions and discussions concerning the Nazi Genocide of the Jews of Europe, 1933-45. In this hypermedia sourcebook, a hypertextual research, teaching, and learning archive, the responses of disciplines, various media and institutions includes, but is not limited to, literature, philosophy, literary criticism and theory, sociology, psychoanalysis, history and historiography, religious studies, film, art and architecture, political theory, informatics and the history of technology, and popular culture or cultural studies. Through critical text, image, video and laserdisc clips and sound, my hope is to offer the navigator of this hypermedia archive a way to access important information regarding the study and critical discourse concerning the Holocaust, and to provide a research, teaching, and learning resource for the student, teacher, and scholar of the Holocaust. By interfacing various texts, images, bibliographies, biographies, film and audio clips as well as other critical materials by way of hypertextual likages, it will be possible for the viewer/reader to selectively access not only substantially different areas of information, but also different registers or depth of information. For example, after each entry there will be an option of moving to "further reading" or "bibliography." This hypermedia sourcebook is designed and organized according to disciplines and media that have simultaneously influenced our understanding of the Holocaust as much as they have been influenced by the Holocaust, such as "literature,"literary theory and criticism," "philosophy," "psychoanalysis," "film," "art," "poetry," and "history and historiography," "sociology," "informatics and technology," "political science," and "religious studies." In order to access any of these disciplines or media, simply proceed to the table of contents and click on the blue type of the subject you wish to explore. Hypertext allows a thick archive to be viewed at various levels. Utilizing SGML, Standard Generalized Markup Language, it will be possible to search this archive for the name of a particular author, film, text, or according to subject and titles. In order to browse the archive, the viewer simply clicks on any of the text in blue type, or wherever the pointer becomes a pointing finger.
Paul Celan, 1947-48, from: Shoshana Felman and Dorie Laub, M.D.,Testimony: Crisis of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History (New York and London: Routledge, 1992).
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