James E. Young, PhD

James E. Young

Dr. Young’s international career has focused on understanding the Holocaust and helping the grief-stricken. Recipient of the 1994 National Jewish Book Award and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Dr. Young asks: How to articulate a void without filling it?


Founding director: Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies; University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Author: The Texture of Memory, which received the 1994 National Jewish Book Award; Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust; At Memory’s Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture; The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between

Member: Findungskommission, the committee that selected the design of Germany’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin; jury that selected the design of the National Sept. 11 Memorial, New York City

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