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September 21, 1990 - Image 87

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-09-21

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The Original Since 1939

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"Germans are tired of their
special guilt; they point to
the historic sins of others."
And in doing so, Ms. Miller
writes, they open the door
for a type of subtle revi-
sionism that tends to "soften
the hard edges of Hitler's
unprecedented mobilization
of sadism in the name of na-
tionalism."
In the United States, there
is little reticence about por-
,,traying the horror of the
Holocaust, or in pointing
fingers. Ms. Miller talks
with wonder about the 19
Holocaust museums, five
libraries, 48 resource centers
and countless memorials
built by the American Jew-
ish community, the world's
largest.
Yet her admiration is
,inged with caution. "I came
back and found an almost
maniacal obsession with this
event that certainly one did
not find in Europe," she
said. "It was a total contrast.
But I began to realize that
certain aspects of our history
were being emphasized, cer-
ain aspects of our role were
being played up over
others. '
Ms. Miller described the
initial plans for the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Muse-
um being built in Washing-
ton. "It called for visitors to
enter through something
called the 'Hall of the Lib-
erators.' Did the U.S. really
liberate the camps in that
sense? Did we set that as a
goal? We were moving
through Europe. Deborah
ipstadt, the historian, said
we stumbled across the
camps."
A section on the memorial
recounts the bitter disputes
among its Jewish planners
that at times threatened to
sink the project. In the final
accounting, however, Ms.
Miller said she has "no
doubt, knowing the people
who are working on the mu-
seum here, that it will be ex-
traordinary, honest and ac-
curate."
Rather, it is Mr. Hier's
admittedly "Hollywood"
style of commemoration that
crystallized Miller's belief in
what is wrong and right
about American Jewish at-
tempts to remember the
Holocaust.
"There is nothing in this
country that can't be reduc-
ed to kitsch and gimmickry.
It is a national weakness,"
she said. "We are a
schmaltzy people, Jews and
non-Jews. We love movies

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