Understanding the Holocaust: An Introduction

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Cassell, 1999 - Antisemitism - 291 pages
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What is the Holocaust? Were Hitler and his executioners sadistic psychopaths? Were ordinary Germans morally culpable for murdering millions of innocent victims? Where was God during this terrible tragedy? This volume seeks to explore these and other ethical, cultural and religious questions within a historical context. Beginning with the origin and growth of anti-Semitism, the book continues with a detailed account of the various stages of the Nazi onslaught, and concludes with a consideration of the legacy of the Holocaust in the modern world.

Designed as a work for students in colleges and universities as well as for the general reader, the volume contains 26 chapters which deal with a particular period. This is followed by discussion of the implications of the events of the Holocaust. Unlike other books on the subject, this study contains both a history of the Holocaust and extensive reflections about social, religious and moral issues raised by the emergence of the Third Reich and its impact on subsequent history.

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Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cambridge University (UK) and an honorary doctorate in divinity from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has written numerous books, including The Blackwell Dictionary of Judaica and Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers. He is currently Professor of Judaism at the University of Wales, Lampeter, Wales. Previous books include The Crucified Jew: Twenty Centuries of Christian Anti-Semitism and God and the Holocaust.

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