Courage to Remember: Interviews on the Holocaust

Courage to Remember: Interviews on the Holocaust

Courage to Remember: Interviews on the Holocaust

Courage to Remember: Interviews on the Holocaust

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Kinue Tokudome has produced a unique book concerning the ways in which the Holocaust is remembered. A Japanese writer with advanced degrees in political science and international relations from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago, she has hitherto written primarily in Japanese about American issues that in her opinion are not really understood by the Japanese people. Among the least understood aspects of Western civilization in Japan have been Judaism and the fate of the European Jews during World War II. In Courage to Remember Ms. Tokudome seeks to set the record straight.

Ms. Tokudome has been motivated in part to undertake this task by the spate of anti-Semitic books and opinion articles that have in recent years enjoyed an enormous publishing success in Japan, a country with no more than a few hundred permanent Jewish residents. Masami Uno If You Understand the Jews, You Will Understand the World and If You Understand the Jews, You Will Understand Japan has been one of the more successful books of the genre. Uno takes up two of the major themes of Japanese anti-Semitic literature, the myth of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy to which Japan's major ill can be ascribed and Holocaust denial. While denying that he is an anti- Semite, Uno argues that the Holocaust is Jewish propaganda and that Hitler and Stalin killed millions of Jews to protect their nations from the Jewish threat. Not surprisingly, Uno quotes extensively from the infamous forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Nevertheless, in contrast to the spread of the anti-Semitic literature, there has been no history of continuous anti-Semitic behavior . . .

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