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Jews, God, and VideotapeReligion and Media in America$
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Jeffrey Shandler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740675

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740675.001.0001

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The Scar without the Wound

The Scar without the Wound

(p.95) 3 The Scar without the Wound
Jews, God, and Videotape

Jeffrey Shandler

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the place of new media—including feature and documentary films, television broadcasts, tourist productions, and museum installations—in the civil religion of Holocaust remembrance in the United States. During the latter half of the twentieth century, Americans came to embrace the Holocaust as a mainstay of its civil religion. This embracement was successful in part due to the media coverages that help disseminate the protocols of established religious practices—inspirational dramas, rituals, moral instruction, pilgrimages, and monuments—to realize projects of Holocaust remembrance and moral edification in America, in which few citizens have any direct connection to the profoundly disturbing historical event.

Keywords:   new media, Holocaust, civil religion, religious practices, Holocaust remembrance

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