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Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust$
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David Engel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759519

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759519.001.0001

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Rehabilitating Exile

Rehabilitating Exile

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Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust
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This chapter examines the fact that neo-Baronians and Zionists have placed the Holocaust in a similar relationship to the mainstream of Jewish history, given that founders of academic Zionist historiography not only did not reject “reading history backward” in principle but actually raised such reading to the level of a virtue. Those forebears—Gershom Scholem, Ben Zion Dinaburg (Dinur), Yitzhak Baer, and Yehezkel Kaufmann—proceeded from the assumption that “all historical writing treats earlier times from the perspective of the present, interpreting and explaining them according to its [current] concerns and outlook.” The chapter also discusses Dinur's contributions to Holocaust research in Israel.

Keywords:   Jewish history, Jews, Zionist historiography, Holocaust, historians, Ben Zion Dinaburg

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