Genocide and Rescue; The Holocaust in Hungary 1944

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Why didn't the Hungarian Jews do more to resist the 'Final Solution'? Why didn't the Allies bomb the gas chambers at Auschwitz? Why did the Allies sabotage schemes to save the Jews?

In this provocative book, historians from Hungary, Israel, Britain and the United States examine one of the greatest tragedies of World War II — the deportation and murder of 435,000 Hungarian Jews during the last months of the war when German military and diplomatic power was on the wane. Could Jews in the West have done more to help, or were they 'prisoners' of civil servants and politicians in Whitehall and the US State Department? Drawing on new sources, leading scholars address these controversial issues and shed new light on a shameful period in history.

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"(An) important book" —Times Literary Supplement

"A highly successful (collection), wide-ranging, cogent and to the point." —History Today

"Drawing on new sources ,leaders,scholarsÖ.address these controversial issues and shed new light on a central theme in understanding the history of the Holocaust." —Institute of Holocaust Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859731260
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cesarani is a Professor of Twentieth-Century Jewish History and Culture,at the University of Southampton and Director, Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Holocaust in Hungary: A Retrospective Analysis 29
3 Economic Implications of the Anti-Jewish Legislation in Hungary 47
4 Nazi Jewish Policy in 1944 77
5 The 'Quadruple Trap' and the Holocaust in Hungary 93
6 Resistance and Rescue in Hungary 123
7 Jewish Armed Resistance in Hungary: A Comparative View 135
8 Germans, Hungarians and the Destruction of Hungarian Jewry 147
9 The Meaning of Auschwitz: Anglo-American Responses to the Hungarian Jewish Tragedy 159
10 19 March to 19 July 1944 - What Did the Yishuv Know? 179
11 Conclusion: The Holocaust in Hungary: Was Rescue Possible? 193
Notes on Contributors 211
Index 213
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