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Yellow Star, Red Star by Jelena Subotic

Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism

Jelena Subotic

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 15 Dec 2019
ISBN: 9781501742408

Yellow Star, Red Star asks why Holocaust memory continues to be so deeply troubled-ignored, appropriated, and obfuscated-throughout Eastern Europe, even though it was in those lands that most of the extermination campaign occurred. As part of accession to the European Union, Jelena Subotic shows, East European states were required to adopt...

4 stars out of 5
24 Jan 2020

" a fine, compelling and angry book"

Subotic focuses on Serbia, Croatia and Lithuania but draws conclusions from all of post-communist Europe. Lithuanians will remember dead Jews but when a museum of genocide victims opened in 2002, its focus was the Soviet occupation and deportations of Lithuanians to Siberia. Until 2011 there was no mention of the Holocaust in its permanent exhibition. Likewise in Poland, the Holocaust was the “Polo-caust” of communism, according to Marek Kochan, a PR adviser to the ruling party. If many Jews in these deeply anti-Semitic societies were driven to communism, then that usefully explains local collaboration in murder. How ugly it is, as Subotic argues, that the Holocaust “is not just in the Eastern European past. It continues to be part of its present.”