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While America Watches Televising the Holocaust

ISBN-10: 0195139291

ISBN-13: 9780195139297

Edition: 1999

Authors: Jeffrey Shandler

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The Holocaust holds a unique place in American public culture, and, as Jeffrey Shandler argues in While America Watches, it is television, more than any other medium, that has brought the Holocaust into our homes, our hearts, and our minds. Much has been written about Holocaust film and literature, and yet the medium that brings the subject to most people--television--has been largeley neglected. Now Shandler provides the first account of how television has familiarized the American people with the Holocaust. He starts with wartime newsreels of liberated concentration camps, showing how they set the moral tone for viewing scenes of genocide, and then moves to television to explain how the Holocaust and the Holocaust survivor have gained stature as moral symbols in American culture. From early teleplays to coverage of the Eichmann trial and the Holocaust miniseries, as well as documentaries, popular series such as All in the Family and Star Trek, and news reports of recent interethnic violence in Bosnia, Shandler offers an enlightening tour of television history. Shandler also examines the many controversies that televised presentations of the Holocaust have sparked, demonstrating how their impact extends well beyond the broadcasts themselves. While America Watches is sure to continue this discussion--and possibly the controversies--among many readers.
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Hasia R. Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judiac Studies at New York University. She has taught American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at Johns Hopkins.Jeffrey Shandler is assistant professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1945-1960 Creating the Viewer
the Image as Witness
""""This is Your Life""""
the Theater of Our Century
1961-1978 into the Limelight
the Man in the Glass Box
a Guest in the Wasteland
the Big Event
1979-1995 a Household Word
the Rise of the Survivor
the Master Paradigm
Conclusion
Notes