Nazi Holocaust / Edition 1

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Overview

The Nazi Holocaust is an important breakthrough in the struggle to understand this shattering event. By shunning simplistic explanations, Landau seeks to mediate between the vast, often unapproachable subject and the reader who wrestles with its meaning. Locating the Holocaust within a number of different contexts—Jewish history, German history, genocide in the modern age, and the larger story of human bigotry and the triumph of ideology over conscience—his book is a model text, brief but surprisingly comprehensive.
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Editorial Reviews

The Tablet (A Catholic Journal)
An achievement...without sacrificing its uniqueness or its universal implications. It is likely to become the model textbook.
Times Literary Supplement
A responsible and accessible survey . . . subtle yet lucid . . . most stimulating.
Jewish Chronicle
Ideal for the general reader and students alike.
(A Catholic Journal) The American Spectator
An achievement...without sacrificing its uniqueness or its universal implications. It is likely to become the model textbook.
UK The Jewish Chronicle
Ideal for the general reader and students alike.
Margot Stern Strom
An outstanding introduction, clearly and intelligently written, to the historical events of the Holocaust, and to the moral and psychological questions raised by it. In considering the painfully particular as well as the universal aspects of this enormous event, Landau helps the reader to confront it within the frame of human experience, on a level we can all understand.
The American Spectator
An achievement . . . without sacrificing its uniqueness or its universal implications. It is likely to become the model textbook.
The Times
Ronnie Landau has written a quite remarkable book.
Jewish Quarterly
Landau comes as near as it is possible to making the Holocaust comprehensible. . . . Essential.
The Tribune
Landau has assembled a heroic mass of documentation and offered a clear and concise analysis of the scale and effects of the Holocaust.
Times Literary Supplement (UK)
A responsible and accessible survey . . . subtle yet lucid . . . most stimulating.
The Times (UK)
Ronnie Landau has written a quite remarkable book.
Library Journal
Landau (humanities, City Literary Inst., London) has undertaken a massive project in writing this work. He summarizes Jewish history from 300 B.C.E. to the Holocaust, leading the reader to the horrific consequences of the Nazi decimation of the European Jewish community. The statistics of Hitler's ``final solution'' are staggering but do not tell the whole story. We learn how Hitler's foreign policy was driven by his racial views and about the process that led from the dehumanization to the annihilation of the Jews. A concluding chapter assesses the aftermath of the Holocaust along with the lessons it has for us today. An extensive bibliography and appendixes add to the value of Landau's work. There will be a great deal of interest in the Holocaust as the world observes the 50th anniversary of D-Day. This would be an excellent choice for both high school and public libraries.-Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North H.S. Lib., Gross Pointe Woods, Mich.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566630528
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 683,614
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronnie S. Landau is former educational director of the Spiro Institute for the Study of Jewish History and Culture. Founding director of the British Holocaust Educational Project, he writes widely on modern Jewish history and is now head of humanities at the City Literary Institute, London.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: The Historical, Educational and Moral Significance of the Holocaust
Part II: The Background and Context
Chapter 2: Survey of Jewish History: c.300 B.C. to c.1700
Chapter 3: The European Jew and the Modern World
Chapter 4: Nazism and Modern Germany: From National Unification to Hitler's Accession to Power
Part III: The Holocaust: A History
Chapter 5: Nazi Germany, 1933–1938: Anti-Jewish Policy and Legislation
Chapter 6: Nazi Europe, 1938–1941: From Kristallnacht to Ghettoization in the East
Chapter 7: The Holocaust, 1941–1945: From Dehumanization to Annihilation
Part IV: Themes, Issues and Protagonists
Chapter 8: Perpetrators, Victims, and Bystanders
Chapter 9: The Jewish Question: Public Opinion in Nazi Germany
Chapter 10: The Aftermath and Impact of the Holocaust
Bibliography
Appendix A: Euphemisms of Death
Appendix B: Yossel Rakover's Appeal to God
Appendix C: The Jewish Question: Excerpts from Hitler's Writings
Appendix D: The Programme of the National-Socialist German Workers' Party
Appendix E: The Nuremberg Laws
Appendix F: German Foreign Ministry Memorandum
Appendix G: Numbers of Jews Murdered in Europe
Chronology of the Holocaust (1933–1945)
Glossary of Basic Terms
Principal Characters
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