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Hitler and the Holocaustby Robert S. Wistrich
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Hitler and the Holocaustis the product of a lifetime's work by one of the world's foremost authorities on the history of anti-Semitism and modern Jewry. Robert S. Wistrich begins by reckoning with Europe's long history of violence against the Jews, and how that tradition manifested itself in Germany and Austria in the early twentieth century. He looks at the forces that shaped Hitler's belief in a "Jewish menace" that must be eradicated, and the process by which, once Hitler gained power, the Nazi regime tightened the noose around Germany's Jews. He deals with many crucial questions, such as when Hitler's plans for mass genocide were finalized, the relationship between the Holocaust and the larger war, and the mechanism of authority by which powerand guiltflowed out from the Nazi inner circle to "ordinary Germans," and other Europeans. He explains the infernal workings of the death machine, the nature of Jewish and other resistance, and the sad story of collaboration and indifference across Europe and America, and in the Church. Finally, Wistrich discusses the abiding legacy of the Nazi genocide, and the lessons that must be drawn from it. A work of commanding authority and insight,Hitler and the Holocaustis an indelible contribution to the literature of history.
Robert Wistrich begins his history of the Holocaust by exploring the origins of anti-Semitism in Europe, and especially in Germany, to try explain how millions of Jews came to be killed systematically by the Third Reich. In the process of relating these events, he provides new and incisive answers to a number of central questions concerning...
How was the Holocaust possible? How did it unfold? What is its legacy? The study of human history offers no more urgent questions. In the course of this landmark work, Robert Wistrich brings critical new scholarship to bear in answering them. In the process he provides incisive answers to a number of central questions concerning the Shoah that have emerged over recent years, including: who, inside and outside Nazi Germany, knew that Jews were being murdered; how responsibility for the genocide should be divided between Hitler himself and ordinary Germans; and how historians have tried to make sense of the Holocaust. The book concludes by considering the legacy of Nazi crimes since 1945. Hitler and the Holocaust is a powerful and original contribution to the literature of those terrible events.
About the Author
Robert S. Wistrich is professor of modern Jewish history at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, visiting fellow at the Royal Institute of Advanced Studies in the Netherlands, and visiting professor of history at Brandeis and Harvard universities. A regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, he is the author of many books.
Table of Contents
Anti-semitism and the Jews — From Weimar to Hitler — Persecution and resistance — The"final solution" — Between the cross and the swastika — Collaboration across Europe — Britain, America, and the holocaust — Modernity and the Nazi genocide.
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