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Out of the Whirlwind Reconsidered: Context and Appreciation

Berkowitz, M; (2020) Out of the Whirlwind Reconsidered: Context and Appreciation. European Judaism , 53 (2) pp. 1-12. 10.3167/ej.2020.530202. Green open access

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Abstract

This article argues that Albert Friedlander's edited book, Out of the Whirlwind (1968), should be recognised as pathbreaking. Among the first to articulate the idea of ‘Holocaust literature’, it established a body of texts and contextualised these as a way to integrate literature – as well as historical writing, music, art and poetry – as critical to an understanding of the Holocaust. This article also situates Out of the Whirlwind through the personal history of Friedlander and his wife Evelyn, who was a co-creator of the book, his colleagues from Hebrew Union College, and the illustrator, Jacob Landau. It explores the work's connection to the expansive, humanistic development of progressive Judaism in the United States, Britain and continental Europe. It also underscores Friedlander's study of Leo Baeck as a means to understand the importance of mutual accountability, not only between Jews, but in Jews’ engagement with the wider world.

Type: Article
Title: Out of the Whirlwind Reconsidered: Context and Appreciation
Location: US and UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/ej.2020.530202
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3167/ej.2020.530202
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Leo Baeck; culture; Holocaust; ‘Holocaust literature’; progressive Judaism; visual arts
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10091864
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