The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust

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Columbia University Press, 2000 - History - 473 pages
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Offering a multidimensional approach to one of the most important episodes of the twentieth century. The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust offers readers and researchers a general history of the Holocaust while delving into the core issues and debates in the study of the Holocaust today.

Each of the book's five distinct parts stands on its own as a valuable research aid; together, they constitute an integrated whole. Part 1 provides a narrative overview of the Holocaust, placing it within the larger context of Nazi Germany and World War II. Part 2 examines eight critical issues or controversies in the study of the Holocaust, including the following questions: Were the Jews the sole targets of Nazi genocide, or must other groups, such as homosexuals, the handicapped, Gypsies, and political dissenters, also be included? What are the historical roots of the Holocaust, How and why did the "Final Solution" come about? Why did bystanders extend or withhold aid?

Part 3 consists of a concise chronology of major events and developments that took place surrounding the Holocaust, including the armistice ending World War I, the opening of the first major concentration camp at Dachau, Germany's invasion of Poland, the failed assassination attempt against Hitler, and the formation of Israel.

Part 4 contains short descriptive articles on more than two hundred key people, places, terms, and institutions central to a thorough understanding of the Holocaust. Entries include Adolf Eichmann, Anne Frank, the Warsaw Ghetto, Aryanization, the SS, Kristallnacht, and the Catholic Church. Part 5 presents an annotated guide to the best print, video, electronic, and institutional resources in English forfurther study.

Armed with the tools contained in this volume, students or researchers investigating this vast and complicated topic will gain an informed understanding of one of the greatest tragedies in world history.

 

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Niewyk (history, Southern Methodist Univ.) and Nicosia (history, Saint Michael's Coll.) have compiled one of the most useful portable Holocaust reference works published in the last few years. What ... Read full review

Contents

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
3
War and the Beginning of Genocide 19391941
9
The End of the Holocaust 19441945
36
Defining the Holocaust
45
Conclusion
51
The History of the Victims
57
The History of Prejudice
63
Intentionalists
72
The Question of Rescue
119
The Neutrals
125
Legal and Religious Institutions
132
Chronology
141
Encyclopedia
173
Places 1
201
Terms
214
Organizations
249

The Perpetrators and Their Motivations
83
The Victims Reactions to Persecution
97
The Survivors Views
103
The Behavior of Bystanders
109
Resources
269
Tables
419
Index
437
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Francis Nicosia is professor of history at Saint Michael's College.

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