Rethinking the Holocaust

Rethinking the Holocaust

by Yehuda Bauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300093004

ISBN-13: 9780300093001

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

Yehuda Bauer, one of the world's premier historians of the Holocaust, here presents an insightful overview and reconsideration of its history and meaning. Drawing on research he and other historians have done in recent years, he offers fresh opinions on such basic issues as how to define and explain the Holocaust; whether it can be compared with other mgenocides; how…  See more details below

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Yehuda Bauer, one of the world's premier historians of the Holocaust, here presents an insightful overview and reconsideration of its history and meaning. Drawing on research he and other historians have done in recent years, he offers fresh opinions on such basic issues as how to define and explain the Holocaust; whether it can be compared with other mgenocides; how Jews reacted to the murder campaign against them; and what the relationship is between the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel.

The Holocaust says something terribly important about humanity, says Bauer. He analyzes explanations of the Holocaust by Zygmunt Bauman, Jeffrey Herf, Goetz Aly, Daniel Goldhagen, John Weiss, and Saul Friedl"nder and then offers his own interpretation of how the Holocaust could occur. Providing fascinating narratives as examples, he deals with reactions of Jewish men and women during the Holocaust and tells of several attempts at rescue operations. He also explores Jewish theology of the Holocaust, arguing that our view of the Holocaust should not be clouded by mysticism: it was an action by humans against other humans and is therefore an explicable event that we can prevent from recurring.

About the Author:
Yehuda Bauer is director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. He is the author of many books, including Jews for Sale? published by Yale University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093001
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
687,689
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introductionix
1What Was the Holocaust?1
2Is the Holocaust Explicable?14
3Comparisons with Other Genocides39
4Overall Interpretations68
5Overall Interpretations93
6Jewish Resistance--Myth or Reality?119
7Unarmed Resistance and Other Responses143
8The Problem of Gender: The Case of Gisi Fleischmann167
9Theology, or God the Surgeon186
10Rescue Attempts: The Case of the Auschwitz Protocols213
11From the Holocaust to the State of Israel242
AppendixSpeech to the Bundestag261
Notes275
Bibliography311
Index321

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