Historical Dictionary Of The Holocaust / Edition 384

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Overview

The term Holocaust came into popular usage following the conclusion of WWII. The word was at first associated with Nazi Germany’s murder of six million Jews. Gradually, the expression was broadened to include the millions of others who were also victims of the Nazis. Nevertheless, the Jews were designated in a special category for the Nazis. The intention of this historical dictionary is not to belittle the death and suffering of Nazi Germany’s non-Jewish victims, but to focus on the unprecedented nature of the German assault on the Jews. Its purpose, therefore, is to provide the reader with the facts of the Holocaust with an emphasis on the central role Jews played in the Nazi genocide. The introductory essay provides the reader with an historical overview of the Holocaust, and is followed by individual entries on the subject arranged alphabetically. The historical dictionary is intended for the non-specialist with some background in history. However, it will also be of use as an accessible reference tool for more advanced research. Extensive introduction, comprehensive bibliography, and a chronology further supplement the usefulness of this volume.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Fischel's important work will guide readers through the maze of names, places, acronyms, events and concepts that made up the horrifying world of the Holocaust...highly recommended for all libraries.
Bridges
...useful for anyone just beginning to get his or her feet wet in the burgeoning area of Holocaust Studies.
CHOICE
Fischel's important work will guide readers through the maze of names, places, acronyms, events and concepts that made up the horrifying world of the Holocaust...highly recommended for all libraries.
Booknews
Background to the Holocaust is presented in an extensive introduction, and detailed aspects involving persons, places, and events are covered in alphabetical entries. Many entries take up unresolved issues of the Holocaust, such as the inability of Swiss banks to concede errors and make amends for their use of Holocaust victims' assets. Emphasis is on the unprecedented nature of the German assault on the Jews. Includes a chronology, and graphic b&w historical photos from the Yad Vashem collection in Israel and the Jessel Hollingsworth collection, which are not recommended for younger readers. For high school and up. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Jack R. Fischel has many years experience as a teacher, lecturer, writer, editor, and organizer of conferences relating to the Holocaust. Much of this time has intersected with his time as a professor of History at Millersville University.
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