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The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945

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Awards

2008 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The enactment of the German extermination policies that resulted in the murder of six million European Jews depended upon many factors, including the cooperation of local authorities and police departments, and the passivity of the populations, primarily of their political and spiritual elites. Necessary also was the victims' willingness to submit, often with the hope of surviving long enough to escape the German vise. The Years of Extermination, the completion of Saul Friedländer's major historical opus on Nazi Germany and the Jews, explores the convergence of the various aspects of this most systematic and sustained of modern genocides. In this unparalleled work — based on a vast array of documents and an overwhelming choir of voices from diaries, letters, and memoirs — the history of the Holocaust has found its definitive representation.

Review:

"In the second volume of his essential history of Nazi Germany and the Jews, one of the great historians of the Holocaust provides a rich, vivid depiction of Jewish life from France to Ukraine, Greece to Norway, in its most tragic period, drawing especially on hundreds of diaries written by Jews during their ordeal, depicting a world collapsing on its inhabitants, along with the thousands of humiliating persecutions that Jews suffered on their way to extermination. Friedlnder also provides insightful discussions of the many interpretive controversies that still surround the history of Nazi Germany. He has been party to many of the debates, and he remains attuned to the most recent historical research. Friedlnder knows the bureaucratic workings of the Third Reich as well as anyone, but refuses to see in that alone the explanation for the Holocaust. Instead, he focuses largely on cultural and ideological factors. He considers other factors, such as 'the crisis of liberalism,' but these were not the essential motives for the Holocaust, which, Friedlnder says, was driven by sheer hatred of Jews, by 'a redemptive anti-Semitism' espoused by Hitler, a belief that Germans could thrive only through the utter destruction of Jews. This is a masterful synthesis that draws on a lifetime of learning and research." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Saul Friedlander, born in 1932, has now finished his magnum opus, the second volume of his history of Nazi Germany and the Jews (the first, covering the years 1933-1939, appeared in 1997). 'The Years of Extermination' may prove to be the last major general history of the Holocaust produced by a leading scholar who lived under the Nazis. For this reason, and because it relies heavily on the findings... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Friedländer never lets the reader forget the human and personal meanings of the historical processes he is describing....The result is an account of unparalleled vividness and power that reads like a novel." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Friedlander] eloquently illustrates the millions of individual tragedies through extensive use of Jewish diaries. He avoids delving into the motivations for the anti-Semitism of Hitler and his cohorts; for him, such blind hatred is beyond true comprehension." Booklist

About the Author

Born in Prague, Saul Friedländer spent his boyhood in Nazi-occupied France. He is now a professor of history at UCLA and has written numerous books on Nazi Germany and World War II.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060930486
Subtitle:
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945
Author:
Friedlander, Saul
Author:
Friedlander, Stephen
Author:
by Saul Friedlander
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Antisemitism
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
History
Subject:
Germany Politics and government 1933-1945.
Subject:
Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.792 in 32 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the second volume of his essential history of Nazi Germany and the Jews, one of the great historians of the Holocaust provides a rich, vivid depiction of Jewish life from France to Ukraine, Greece to Norway, in its most tragic period, drawing especially on hundreds of diaries written by Jews during their ordeal, depicting a world collapsing on its inhabitants, along with the thousands of humiliating persecutions that Jews suffered on their way to extermination. Friedlnder also provides insightful discussions of the many interpretive controversies that still surround the history of Nazi Germany. He has been party to many of the debates, and he remains attuned to the most recent historical research. Friedlnder knows the bureaucratic workings of the Third Reich as well as anyone, but refuses to see in that alone the explanation for the Holocaust. Instead, he focuses largely on cultural and ideological factors. He considers other factors, such as 'the crisis of liberalism,' but these were not the essential motives for the Holocaust, which, Friedlnder says, was driven by sheer hatred of Jews, by 'a redemptive anti-Semitism' espoused by Hitler, a belief that Germans could thrive only through the utter destruction of Jews. This is a masterful synthesis that draws on a lifetime of learning and research." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Friedländer never lets the reader forget the human and personal meanings of the historical processes he is describing....The result is an account of unparalleled vividness and power that reads like a novel."
"Review" by , "[Friedlander] eloquently illustrates the millions of individual tragedies through extensive use of Jewish diaries. He avoids delving into the motivations for the anti-Semitism of Hitler and his cohorts; for him, such blind hatred is beyond true comprehension."
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