Peter Hayes*, John K. Roth

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This article presents some concluding thoughts from the authors. It argues that no book can claim finality and closure regarding Holocaust studies and that the ending(s) of the Holocaust itself have not yet reached finality and closure, and probably never will. It details four Holocaust-related incidents illustrating that fact. Like the Holocaust itself, the field of Holocaust studies does little to encourage optimism about humanity's future and progress. Both entail darkness and invite despair. This book is but a fleeting episode in history's unfolding, and the ending(s) of both will come only with time's passage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191594724
ISBN (Print)9780199211869
StatePublished - Nov 25 2010


  • History
  • Holocaust studies
  • Humanity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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