A History of the Holocaust

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Eminent scholar Yehuda Bauer traces the Holocaust to its deepest roots by examining the history of the Jews' interaction with other cultures throughout history, a detailed portrait of the Jewish presence in Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, and an exhaustive depiction of the events before and during World War II. Professor Bauer's text is considered a masterly and authoritative work.

The revised edition contains new all new art--maps, charts, tables, graphs. All art elements and text contain updated, more accurate statistics. The book has a new design, bigger trim. It's easier to read and navigate. Lastly, there are two 8-page (16 pp. total) inserts of black-and-white photographs. This photographic element wasn't included in the first edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Twenty years after the original edition, the eminent scholar Yehuda Bauer has revised his seminal work to include information obtained from archives recently opened in Europe and the United States. Bauer's thesis that the Holocaust is a watershed event in human history is painstakingly presented in a history that begins with the origins of Judaism and describes how Jews have been perceived and treated from earliest times. This exhaustive text covers not only the events of the Holocaust, but the ramifications, including the establishment of the state of Israel. The progression of Nazi ideology, in which victims became "completely devoid of humanity in the perpetrator's eyes," is also examined at length. In Bauer's view, the process was gradual and therefore could have been stopped in its tracks. Bauer makes us believe that knowledge of history can empower us to do better. An extra bonus is a fascinating discussion of theodicy and the theological crisis many clergy faced after the war. However, this erudite volume is not for casual reading. The prose is dense and not liberally illustrated. Instead, a comprehensive index makes this an excellent reference source for high school students and adults. 2001 (orig. 1982), Franklin Watts, $35.00. Ages 14 up. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf AGES: 14 15 16 17 18
The original 1982 edition of this reference work was hailed as the second indispensable English title on the Holocaust, following Lucy Dawidowicz's classic The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945 (Holt, 1975). Since then, the literature of the Holocaust has grown enormously. This revision fully incorporates the substantial Holocaust scholarship of the past two decades. Bauer is one of the world's most respected Holocaust scholars and the author of several other important books on the subject, most recently Rethinking the Holocaust (Yale, 2001). The contents are presented attractively, with generous margins, numerous maps and charts, and a few well-chosen black-and-white photos. With an excellent index and many chapter subsections on topics such as "Christianity and the Nazis" and "Holocaust and Genocide: Is There a Difference?" this extensive history text can be approached in manageable portions or used for ready reference. Bauer's handling of the painful and often controversial subject matter is scholarly and judicious, but with a finely controlled sense of righteous indignation at the inhumanities he records. As the textbook for a Holocaust course, it is best suited to the college undergraduate level. Bauer's extensive accounts of Central European social history and of the geopolitical maneuvering of various factions before and during World War II venture well beyond the normal scope of high school curricula. Nevertheless the book is recommended strongly as a supplementary or reference text in secondary school classrooms and libraries. Like his text, Bauer's selective bibliography is calibrated to an undergraduate or general adult readership level. For Holocaust resources suitable foryounger readers, look to Elaine C. Stephens's Learning About the Holocaust (Shoe String, 1995); Edward T. Sullivan's The Holocaust in Literature for Youth (Scarecrow, 1999/VOYA February 2000); and William L. Shulman's Resource Guide, part of the eight volume Holocaust series (Blackbirch, 1998). Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Appendix. 2001, Franklin Watts, 432p. PLB Hogan
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-A thorough and well-documented discussion. Bauer gives an overview of Jewish history beginning 2000 years B.C.E. and notes the many conflicts and discriminations the Jewish people have suffered throughout time. Placed within that context, the initial disbelief from many Jews regarding the plan of complete annihilation becomes much more understandable, although the author reports the cases of Jewish resistance and help from outside sources. Unfortunately, though, the end result is one with which we are all too familiar. The organization and exhaustive coverage are first-rate, and this revision of a 1982 title includes information not available earlier from both Eastern and Western countries. The "what" and "how" are included here, but there is also an attempt to discover the "why," and that is what lifts this title into the realm of an advanced study of a difficult topic. An excellent resource.-Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert Middle School, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531155769
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 300,267
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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