The Final Solution: Origins and Implementation

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The Final Solution clarifies the key questions surrounding the attempt by the Nazis to exterminate the Jews. Drawing on important new research, these authoritative essays focus on the preconditions and antecedents for the 'Final Solution' and examine the immediate origins of the genocidal decision.

Contributors also examine the responses of peoples and governments in Germany, occupied Europe, the USA and among Jews worldwide. The controversial conversions of this study challenge...

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Overview

The Final Solution clarifies the key questions surrounding the attempt by the Nazis to exterminate the Jews. Drawing on important new research, these authoritative essays focus on the preconditions and antecedents for the 'Final Solution' and examine the immediate origins of the genocidal decision.

Contributors also examine the responses of peoples and governments in Germany, occupied Europe, the USA and among Jews worldwide. The controversial conversions of this study challenge many of our accepted ideas about the period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415099547
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/31/1994
  • Pages: 328
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Volksgemeinschaft, 'Aryanization' and the Holocaust 33
2 Euthanasia and the Final Solution 51
3 The idea of the Final Solution and the role of experts 62
4 Himmler, the architect of genocide 73
5 The relation between Operation Barbarossa as an ideological war of extermination and the Final Solution 85
6 Wehrmacht, Einsatzgruppen, Soviet POWs and anti-Bolshevism in the emergence of the Final Solution 103
7 Operation Barbarossa and the origins of the Final Solution 119
8 Hitler and the euphoria of victory: the path to the Final Solution 137
9 The response of Polish Jewry to the Final Solution 151
10 The Holocaust in Lithuania: some unique aspects 159
11 Types of Genocide? Croatians, Serbs and Jews, 1941-5 175
12 How far did Vichy France 'sabotage' the imperatives of Wannsee? 194
13 German public awareness of the Final Solution 215
14 Rescue through statehood: the American Zionist response to the Holocaust 228
15 Different worlds: British perceptions of the Final Solution during the Second World War 246
16 Enmity, indifference or cooperation: the Allies and Yishuv's rescue activists 268
17 Documents on the Holocaust in archives of the former Soviet Union 291
Conclusion: the significance of the Final Solution 300
Index 310
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