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

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - History - 896 pages

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.


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One of the deepest most probing accounts of the Holocaust I have ever read. Friedlander is a gifted historian who manages to present a fairly neutral account of the extermination years of the ... Read full review

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I read this book while Israel invaded Gaza in 2009, and have to say that the book was very polarizing. People would approach me on the subway and in restaurants and challenge the book because they ... Read full review


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

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