Synopses & Reviews
This new collection of original Holocaust documents and sources brings readers into direct contact with perpetrators and victims. The words of Nazi leaders and common soldiers, SS doctors and European collaborators show how and why they planned and participated in mass murder. Jewish and non-Jewish victims speak of their persecution and resistance. Steve Hochstadt's commentary on each source outlines the historical causes and step-by-step development of the Holocaust, as well as the continuing debates about its significance.
"The scores of documents of various types that it contains provide a sense of immediacy and feeling for the horror that was the Shoah in a way that no secondary source could ever give. It is hard to imagine that anyone will want to teach a course on the Holocaust without having students read and discuss this collection." -- David I. Kertzer, Dupee University Professor, Brown University
"Steve Hochstadt's brilliant study probes the causes of the Holocaust through the centuries, and it documents its perpetration with painstaking accuracy. Sources of the Holocaust is a lasting contribution to the history of persecution and genocide." -- Judith Magyar Isaacson, author of Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor
"A valuable volume of sources.' - Louise Willmot, Manchester Metropolitan University
"Hochstadt's new collection of holocaust related sources is a highly valuable addition to the field. Its broad range of materials ensures the inclusion of both key documents and lesser known materials that are both significant and shocking. Its combined chronological and thematic organization will allow scholars to make new historiographical connections, as well as providing teachers and students with a clear, accurate and concrete documentary base from which to teach and learn about the different historical stages and lessons of the Holocaust."
-- Anna Reading, London South Bank University
"This is a very useful, wide-ranging set of texts that set the issue in its widest historical context. The commentaries are very helpful." -- Professor Conan Fischer, University of Strathclyde
"A very good, wide ranging collection. The best of its kind." -- Dr Patrick Finney, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
"...those who want to understnad the way the war actually worked will learn a great deal." -- The Australian Jewish News
In this collection of Holocaust documents and sources, the words of Nazi leaders and common soldiers, SS doctors and European collaborators show how and why they planned and participated in mass murder, while the victims speak of their persecution and resistance.
About the Author
Steve Hochstadt is Professor of History, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments * Introduction * The Context of Christian Antisemitism * The Creation of Monsters in Germany: Jews and Others * The Nazi Attack on Jews and Other Undesirables in the Third Reich, 1933-1938 * The Physical Assault on Jews in Germany, 1938-1939 * The Perfection of Genocide as National Policy, 1939-1943 * ¿Arbeit Macht Frei¿: Work and Death in Concentration Camps and Ghettos * Assembly Lines of Death: Extermination Camps * The Aftermath * The Holocaust in Contemporary Life * Conclusion * Sources * Bibliography * Index