Sources of the Holocaust / Edition 1

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This new collection of original Holocaust documents and sources brings readers into direct contact with perpetrators and victims. The words of Nazi leaders and common soldiers, SS doctors and European collaborators show how and why they planned and participated in mass murder. Jewish and non-Jewish victims speak of their persecution and resistance. Steve Hochstadt's commentary on each source outlines the historical causes and step-by-step development of the Holocaust, as well as the continuing debates about its significance.
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"The scores of documents of various types that it contains provide a sense of immediacy and feeling for the horror that was the Shoah in a way that no secondary source could ever give. It is hard to imagine that anyone will want to teach a course on the Holocaust without having students read and discuss this collection." -- David I. Kertzer, Dupee University Professor, Brown University

"Steve Hochstadt's brilliant study probes the causes of the Holocaust through the centuries, and it documents its perpetration with painstaking accuracy. Sources of the Holocaust is a lasting contribution to the history of persecution and genocide." -- Judith Magyar Isaacson, author of Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor

"A valuable volume of sources.' - Louise Willmot, Manchester Metropolitan University

"Hochstadt's new collection of holocaust related sources is a highly valuable addition to the field. Its broad range of materials ensures the inclusion of both key documents and lesser known materials that are both significant and shocking. Its combined chronological and thematic organization will allow scholars to make new historiographical connections, as well as providing teachers and students with a clear, accurate and concrete documentary base from which to teach and learn about the different historical stages and lessons of the Holocaust."
-- Anna Reading, London South Bank University

"This is a very useful, wide-ranging set of texts that set the issue in its widest historical context. The commentaries are very helpful." -- Professor Conan Fischer, University of Strathclyde

"A very good, wide ranging collection. The best of its kind." -- Dr Patrick Finney, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

"...those who want to understnad the way the war actually worked will learn a great deal." -- The Australian Jewish News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333963456
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/3/2004
  • Series: Documents in History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 671,474
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Hochstadt is Professor of History, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
II The Context of Christian Antisemitism 7
III The Creation of Monsters in Germany : Jews and Others 22
IV The Nazi Attack on Jews and Other Undesirables in the Third Reich, 1933-1938 36
V The Physical Assault on Jews in Germany, 1938-1939 56
VI The Perfection of Genocide as National Policy, 1939-1943 85
VII 'Arbeit Macht Frei' : Work and Death in Concentration Camps and Ghettos 179
VIII Assembly Lines of Death : Extermination Camps 222
IX The Aftermath 255
X The Holocaust in Contemporary Life 279
XI Conclusion 294
Sources 300
Bibliography 307
Index 312
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    Review by Eric Sterling, Department of English and Philosophy, Auburn University, on H-Genocide:

    Hochstadt has compiled an impressive and diverse collection of documents composed by Holocaust perpetrators and victims, as well as sources related to the causes and aftermath of the Shoah. ... Individually, these are fascinating documents, but collectively they tell a thorough (though by no means complete ¿ no book can do that) story of the Holocaust from its origins in New Testament antisemitism to the zenith of excessive nationalism, and, perhaps, unprecedented racial hatred and genocidal tendencies. The book honors the victims by telling their stories and indirectly serves as an indictment of the perpetrators the indictment is indirect because the book¿s documents and Hochstadt¿s commentary are never preachy. Instead the editor lets the perpetrators, victims, and collaborators speak to the reader in their own voices, resulting in a significant and valuable document collection that will greatly benefit scholars, college students, and anyone interested in reading primary sources that combine to tell a riveting account of the Shoah.

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