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Note on Translations and Transliterations ; List of Abbreviations ; Introduction: Early Chroniclers of the Holocaust: Jewish Historical Commissions and Documentation Centers in the Aftermath of the Second World War ; 1. Khurbn-Forshung: History Writing as a Jewish Response to Catastrophe ; 2. Writing French Judaism's "Book of Martyrdom": Holocaust Documentation in Liberated France ; 3. Writing Polish Jewry's "Greatest National Catastrophe": Holocaust Documentation in Communist Poland ; 4. Writing History on Packed Suitcases: Holocaust Documentation in the Jewish Displaced Persons Camps of Germany, Austria, and Italy ; Conclusion: History Writing as Reconstruction: The Beginnings of Holocaust Research from the Perspective of Its Victims ; Appendix: Major Participants in the Jewish Historical Commissions and Documentation Centers ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index

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Laura Jockusch is Kreitman Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Jewish History, Ben Gurion University, Israel

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an invaluable scholarly work for those interested in the memory reconstruction of the Holocaust ... Not only has she documented and analyzed some wonderful primary sources for future researchers, she has also included phenomenal discussions on Lawrence Langer's concept of deep memory, the value of insider and outsider perspectives, the concepts of individual and collective memory, and much more. * Jessica Clark, Oral History Review * The most important success of Jockuschs study is that it paves the way for a transnational history of Holocaust memory... Jockusch shows, through her small case study of early historians, how much more there is to do, in part because she stresses how connected different groups of collectors were. * Samuel Moyn, The TLs * Collect and Record! surveys the groundbreaking institutions in France and Poland that organized the earliest Holocaust research. While we have known about institutions like the Centre de documentation juive contemporaine in France and the Central Jewish Historical Commission in Poland, the responses of the many who struggled to tell their story have not been brought together before and Jockusch deserves enormous credit for recording their narratives in such rich and compelling detail. Perhaps most pioneeringly, she shows that Jews took up forms of historical writing even in the difficult circumstances of the continents displaced persons camps, a phenomenon never studied before. * Samuel Moyn, The TLS *

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