Holocaust: A History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - History - 444 pages
A magisterial, dramatic account that reshapes the way we think and talk about the greatest crime in history.

Unrivaled in reach and scope, Holocaust illuminates the long march of events, from the Middle Ages to the modern era, which led to this great atrocity. It is a story of all Europe, of Nazis and their allies, the experience of wartime occupation, the suffering and strategies of marked victims, the failure of international rescue, and the success of individual rescuers. It alone in Holocaust literature negotiates the chasm between the two histories, that of the perpetrators and of the victims and their families, shining new light on German actions and Jewish reactions.

No other book in any language has so embraced this multifaceted story. Holocaust uniquely makes use of oral histories recorded by the authors over fifteen years across Europe and the United States, as well as never-before-analyzed archival documents, letters, and diaries; it contains in addition seventy-five illustrations and sixteen original maps, each accompanied by an extended caption. This book is an original analysis of a defining event.
 

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Contents

JEWS GENTILES AND GERMANS
3
THE GREAT WAR AND ITS TERRIBLE OUTCOME
29
NATIONAL SOCIALIST PROMISE AND PRACTICE
63
THE THIRD REICH
82
REFUGEES
103
GENTILE LIFE UNDER GERMAN OCCUPATION
133
THE ASSAULT OF TOTAL WAR
166
JEWISH LIFE UNDER GERMAN OCCUPATION
202
HOLOCAUST
285
FROM WHENCE WOULD HELP COME?
316
RESCUE
337
THE CONCENTRATION CAMP WORLD
356
Epilogue
375
Table of Equivalent Ranks between the SS and the US Army
387
Notes
389
Index
429

IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH
239
TOWARD THE FINAL SOLUTION
259

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About the author (2003)

Debórah Dwork is the director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Robert Jan van Pelt is a University Professor at the University of Waterloo. He lives in Toronto.

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