Fantasy and Trauma: Dan Stone on Writing the History of the Holocaust

In this conversation with RevDem editor Ferenc Laczó, Dan Stone – author of the new book The Holocaust: An Unfinished History – discusses various ways the history of the Holocaust has been misunderstood; addresses the challenges of narrating the Holocaust and clarifies his own interpretative framework; sketches the European dimension of the genocide and how German and non-German perpetrators interacted to execute it; and reflects on how perspectives on the Holocaust have changed over time and what studying it meant in the current moment.

Dan Stone is a professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and director of its Holocaust Research Institute. He is a historian of ideas who works primarily on twentieth-century European history.

The Holocaust: An Unfinished History is published in Penguin’s Pelican series.

In collaboration with Lucie Hunter

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