War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Feb 16, 2009 - History - 296 pages
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In examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, second edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Gypsies, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the handicapped, and other groups deemed undesirable. With clear and eloquent prose, Bergen explores the two interconnected goals that drove the Nazi German program of conquest and genocide—purification of the so-called Aryan race and expansion of its living space—and discusses how these goals affected the course of World War II. Including firsthand accounts from perpetrators, victims, and eyewitnesses, the book is immediate, human, and eminently readable.

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User Review  - Illiniguy71 - LibraryThing

A short but nuanced and judicious account of the holocaust, that also does a good job of explaining why Germans followed Hitler. This is an ideal book for a general German history course that includes the Hitlerzeit and WWII. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Doris L. Bergen is Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto.

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