Genocide is a constant widespread threat to humanity. "It couldn't happen again". But it has . . . in Cambodia . . . in Africa . . . in Bosnia . . . . INTRODUCING THE HOLOCAUST examines the underlying causes of Genocide and their continuing relevance today. Just as SCHINDLER'S LIST brought the horror of the camps once more to world attention, this powerful book places the Holocaust at the center of European and world history.
Gr 9 Up-This strange and contradictory book is not an introduction to the Holocaust; it is a statement of the authors' revisionist political beliefs about that dark period of history. Written and illustrated in a graphic-comic format, it promulgates the view that the Nazis did not intend ``to destroy European Jewry physically'' but rather, that ``many forces within the German state as well as outside it helped to bring it [the Holocaust] about.'' The authors do not deny that the Holocaust occurred, but assert that the Nazi policy of genocide evolved only after Hitler was unable to expel all the Jews. They indict Western nations for refusing to accept Jewish refugees and argue that Zionists worked to impede immigration to all countries other than British-controlled Palestine. They also postulate that middle-and upper-class European Jewish communities colluded with the Nazis instead of resisting them. The ``Aftermath'' presents the revisionist stance that Israel today has become the executioner instead of the victim, the colonial oppressor rather than the oppressed. In addition to the bizarre and unproven propaganda permeating the text, the authors' account negates one of their primary assumptions; they demonstrate repeatedly that the killing fields and concentration camps were the results of Nazi policy initiated by Hitler and his henchmen. There is no reason why libraries serving young people should consider this highly politicized, inconsistently argued, and misleading title. Steer them instead to Milton Meltzer's Never to Forget (HarperCollins, 1976), Barbara Rogasky's Smoke and Ashes (Holiday, 1988), or Art Spiegelman's ``Maus'' books (Pantheon).-Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego