Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History

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Bloomsbury, 2001 - 495 pages
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In her major study the historian Erna Paris addresses one of the most urgent issues facing the world today - who owns and controls the past? - for decisions taken by those in power cast long shadows into the future. It is a powerful theme, but what makes her book compelling reading is that she pursues these demanding moral questions as a personal quest, building up the big picture from a series of intimate conversations with people who have lived that history or are living with its consequences. Starting with the aftermath of World War II in France, Germany and Japan, she loops back to the legacy of slavery in the American South, before moving on to South Africa, Bosnia and Rwanda, and to Argentina and Chile as she charts two competing drives - the potentially corrupting desire to control the past in order to shape the future and the aspiration to achieve a standard of universal justice.

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User Review  - Suzie Diver - Goodreads

Very thought provoking... How do you deal with group or cultural guilt? Why are there so many Holocaust museums in the US and none focused on slavery? Read full review

Review: Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History

User Review  - Richard Janzen - Goodreads

Although this was not a quick or entertaining read, I think it was worth it. Each chapter focuses on a place and an issue: holocaust in germany, ww2 human rights violations in japan, apartheid in ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Erna Paris is a writer and historian and the author of five critically acclaimed books including UNHEALED WOUNDS: FRANCE AND THE KLAUS BARBIE AFFAIR (1985) and THE END OF DAYS: TOLERANCE, TYRANNY AND THE EXPULSION OF THE JEWS FROM SPAIN (1995). She lives in Toronto.

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