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Distance from the Belsen Heap


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Preface Chapter One: Experience, Narrative and Meaning Chapter Two: The Rhine, the Heath, the Wire Chapter Three: The Distance of Presence Chapter Four: A Camp on Exhibit Chapter Five: The Impossible Real Chapter Six: Padres, Patients and Pathologies Conclusion: A Past Intensity

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"By focusing on the camp's liberators and their attempts to understand and communicate ideas about their experience, Distance from the Belsen Heap adds a new dimension to our knowledge of an important aspect of the Holocaust." -- Terry Copp, Director Emeritus, Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

About the Author

Mark Celinscak is the Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska Omaha and the Executive Director of the Sam and Frances Fried Fund of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


'A thoughtful and useful addition to the literature on the Holocaust, Celinscak's work brings together solid archival research and interdisciplinary approaches to shed important new light on an under-research subject.' -- Nicholas J. Steneck The Journal of Military History vol 80:04:2016 'This book is a worthy addition to any scholar's library, especially those who study the Holocaust, genocide, or World War II.' -- Melissa Young H-Net/H-War September 2016 "It is the single best book on the liberation of Belsen or any other one of the camps that became symbols of Nazi depravity." -- Robert Abzug Canadian Jewish Studies / Etudes juives canadiennes, vol. 24, 2016 "This book is a valuable addition, with new information, to accounts about this infamous place" -- Jane S Gabin The Wiener Library, December 2016 'Celinscak's book is yet again proof that much new material on the Holocaust remains to be discovered and that even the best-known parts of the history hold secrets yet to be uncovered.' -- Dan Stone Holocaust and Genocide Studies, vol 30:03:2016 'Distance from the Belsen Heap is a model study of events that have for too long been considered footnotes to history.' -- Robert H. Abzug Canadian Jewish Studies vol 24:2016 'Required reading. Essential. All levels/libraries.' -- M.A. Mengerink Choice Magazine vol 53:11:2016 "This is a remarkable account of the Allied liberation of Belsen. It builds on the growing and diverse scholarship in the field and develops it further by wide ranging and careful research. This topic requires a sensitive approach and Celinscak has more than met this challenge. Sources ranging from art and photography, oral history, and contemporary reports are combined with great subtlety and purpose. Neglected areas, especially the Canadian forces and their role in the camp's liberation, are rightly restored to the narrative. Multidisciplinary, it is a major contribution to Holocaust studies." -- Tony Kushner, Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton "A valuable, thoroughly researched work, Distance from the Belsen Heap rightly rebalances the story of Bergen-Belsen's liberation to include the Canadian experience." -- Suzanne Bardgett, Head of Research and Academic Partnerships, Imperial War Museums "A very well documented study of one of the key events in the history of the Holocaust. Engaging, well researched, and unusually specific in the lenses." -- Jury, Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature

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