The Path to Genocide: Essays on Launching the Final Solution

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 30, 1995 - History - 191 pages
The Nazi Holocaust haunts the modern imagination as one of the most compelling examples of the human capacity for organized atrocity on a mass scale. This authoritative account of the evolution of Nazi Jewish policy from 1939 to 1942 seeks to answer some of the fundamental questions about what actually happened and why, between the outbreak of war and the emergence of the Final Solution. Christopher Browning's account assesses the historians' interpretations and offers his own insights, based on detailed case studies that uncovered important and telling new evidence.
 

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Contents

Nazi Resettlement Policy and the Search for a Solution to the Jewish Question 19391941
3
Nazi Ghettoization Policy in Poland 19391941
28
Conflicting Explanations
57
German Technocrats Jewish Labor and the Final Solution A Reply to Gotz Aly and Susanne Heim
59
The Holocaust as Byproduct? A Critique of Arno Mayer
77
Beyond Intentionalism and Functionalism The Decision for the Final Solution Reconsidered
86
The Perpetrators Accommodation Anticipation and Conformity
123
Bureaucracy and Mass Murder The German Administrators Comprehension of the Final Solution
125
Genocide and Public Health German Doctors and Polish Jews 19391941
145
One Day in Jozefow Initiation to Mass Murder
169
Index
185
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