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Ideology, physical destruction, and memory
Rémi Korman

Tutsi body in the 1994 genocide  227 generally described as simple ‘peasants’, and the latter as a more calculating, ‘feudal’ class.2 This system of classification was based on stereotypical racial representations, Tutsis being described as tall with thin noses and a lofty bearing, as opposed to Hutus, who were short, stocky, and flat-nosed. The Tutsis were sometimes even described as ‘false negroes’, as Europeans with black skin. This system of classification was the official policy of the Belgian colonialists, and was even extended to identity cards, which stated

in Destruction and human remains
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Philip Roth, antisemitism and the Holocaust
David Brauner

2015a). 29 However, it also underpins J and appears, implicitly, in the form of one of the books that Esme gives Ailinn to educate her, albeit obliquely, about Jewish history: ‘It was her forbears’ austerity of conscience, according to one writer, that had always troubled humanity and explained the hostility they encountered wherever they went . . . [t]hey set too high a standard’ ( Jacobson 2014a : 312). There is also perhaps an echo of Bryan Cheyette’s thesis in Constructions of ‘The Jew’ in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875

in Howard Jacobson