The strangest Holocaust-related fact that nobody talks about

Hasia R. Dinar, a professor at NYU, addressed said fact in 2010. But her acknowledgment was actually a disacknowledgement. Promoting her book We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, Hasia writes:

"I wanted to know what the women and men who constituted the Jews of the United States in the postwar period said and did in relationship to the Holocaust. [...] What I found was a mammoth range of memorial projects created in various genres, articulated in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew, by every segment of American Jewry. Instead of silence American Jews in their public sphere employed the Holocaust to shoulder a range of tasks: providing aid to the survivors of the catastrophe, making sure that the world and Americans in particular remembered that Germany had been the perpetrator of the crime, advancing such political projects as civil rights, immigration reform, passage of the Genocide Convention, and garnering support for Israel, among others. The leaders of American Jewry from across the spectrum of ideology and class, rather than hushing up the tragedy, used it affirmatively as a justification for a call to the masses of American Jews to become “more Jewish,” more committed to communal institutions and more zealous in their commitment to Jewish life. Silence did not reign, but rather postwar American Jewish life functioned as a place where the details of the Holocaust, words about it, metaphors, details, allusions, could be heard everywhere."

Although acknowledged to be a 'historian', Dinar seems to harbour a false sense of reality because the 'Holocaust' and 'the Shoah' were nowhere to be found in texts until the 1960s or later:


Appearance of the term "Shoah", the Jewish word for the Holocaust, in English-language academia, 1800 to present

Appearance of the term "Holocaust" in American academia, 1800 to present

Appearance of the term "Holocaust" in British academia, 1800 to present

Appearance of the term "Holocaust" in German academia, 1800 to present
Appearance of the Hebrew word for "Holocaust" in scholarship, 1800 to present


Oddly, the decade after six million were purportedly exterminated in the Holocaust coincides with the period in which the "six million" phrase saw its smallest use in scholarship since early 1920:



Appearance of the term "six million" in English-langage scholarship



To refresh your memory, have another quick look:





Now here are several other time-relevant topics, appearing in scholarship in relation to their invention or rise in popularity:
























Having ignored the facts, should Hasia not be downgraded from a 'historian' to an 'author' for the same reasons David Irving was demoted?




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