The Holocaust and History

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This volume presents the results of nearly fifty years of scholarship on the Holocaust by the world's most eminent researchers. Approaching the Shoah from diverse points of view, historians and sociologists, political scientists and theologians, literary scholars and psychologists disclose the insights yielded by their investigations. Growing out of the inaugural conference of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Research Institute, the book defines the state of knowledge about the Holocaust a half ...

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Overview

This volume presents the results of nearly fifty years of scholarship on the Holocaust by the world's most eminent researchers. Approaching the Shoah from diverse points of view, historians and sociologists, political scientists and theologians, literary scholars and psychologists disclose the insights yielded by their investigations. Growing out of the inaugural conference of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Research Institute, the book defines the state of knowledge about the Holocaust a half century after the event.

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A huge and hugely significant collection of much of the best Holocaust scholarship to appear in the last half-century. This immense, one-volume tome is published in association with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, where editor Berenbaum was formerly director of the Research Institute. Assisting him is Abraham Peck, the executive director of Houston's Holocaust Museum and the editor of two volumes in the series Archives of the Holocaust. Researchers of this controversial event argue here over the timing of the Nazi decision to commit genocide (Martin Broszat vs. Eberhard Jackel), the reasons why it happened, how unique the Holocaust was (Yehuda Bauer), and how ordinary the killers were (Gordon J. Horwitz and Daniel Jonah Goldhagen). Nazi policy was carried out differently in each country; thus, scholars examine the cases of victims, survivors, and perpetrators in Britain (Louise London), France (Susan S. Zuccotti), Hungary (Paul A. Levine and Randolph L. Braham), Italy (Meir Michaelis), Romania (Jean Ancel), and even Turkey (Mark Epstein). Despite the words þdisputed and reexaminedþ in the subtitle, the extent of the victim count isnþt questioned, nor are Holocaust deniers given a forum. However, the collection tolerates adamant differences of opinion and controversial theories, such as Gerhard L. Weinberg's defense of London's closing of Palestine to Jewish refugees and his contention that only "a tiny number" of Jews would have been rescued had the Western Allies bombed the gas chambers. The complexities of Holocaust survivors are well covered by Marjorie Allard, Dori Laub, Dalia Ofer, and Dina Porat. Non-Jewish victims and rescuers of the Holocaust are also wellrepresented. With this one weighty volume of 54 chapters (and extensive notes), a reader can learn how far Holocaust scholarship has progressed and what areas will be discussed for generations to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253333742
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Pages: 856
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Probing the Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go 1
1 Sources and Their Uses 5
2 A Past That Will Not Go Away 12
3 The Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go 23
4 The Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go - A Comment 30
Pt. 2 Antisemitism and Racism in Nazi Ideology 35
5 The Use of Antisemitism in Nazi Wartime Propaganda 41
6 The Holocaust: A Very Particular Racism 56
7 Antisemitism and Racism in Nazi Ideology 64
8 Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Reinterpretations of National Socialism 75
Pt. 3 The Politics of Racial Health and Science 99
9 Human Genetics and the Mass Murder of Jews, Gypsies, and Others 103
10 From Colonial Racism to Nazi Population Policy: The Role of the So-called Mischlinge 115
11 The Cooperation of German Racial Hygienists and American Eugenicists before and after 1933 134
Pt. 4 The Nazi State: Leadership and Bureaucracy 153
12 Executive Instinct: Reinhard Heydrich and the Planning for the Final Solution 159
13 Plans for the Final Solution in Early 1941 187
14 State Policy and Corporate Involvement in the Holocaust 197
15 The Civil Service and the Implementation of the Holocaust: From Passive to Active Complicity 219
16 The Other Crimes of Adolf Hitler 228
Pt. 5 "Ordinary Men": The Sociopolitical Background 237
17 The T4 Killers: Berlin, Lublin, San Sabba 243
18 Ordinary Germans or Ordinary Men? A Reply to the Critics 252
19 Complicity or Entanglement? Wehrmacht, War, and Holocaust 266
20 The Amsterdam Police and the Persecution of the Jews 284
21 Ordinary Men or Ordinary Germans? 301
Pt. 6 Multiple Voices: Ideology, Exclusion, and Coercion 309
22 Neglected Holocaust Victims: The Mischlinge, the Judischversippte, and the Gypsies 315
23 "Slapping Up Spastics" 327
24 Final Solution of the Homosexual Question? The Antihomosexual Policies of the Nazis and the Social Consequences for Homosexual Men 338
25 The Pink Triangle: Homosexuals as "Enemies of the State" 345
26 The Black Experience during the Holocaust 358
Pt. 7 Concentration Camps: Their Task and Environment 367
27 Auschwitz Concentration Camp: How It Was Used in the Nazi System of Terror and Genocide and in the Economy of the Third Reich 371
28 Antechamber to Birkenau: The Zigeunerlager after 1933 387
29 Concentration Camps and the Non-Jewish Environment 401
30 Places Far Away, Places Very Near: Mauthausen, the Camps of the Shoah, and the Bystanders 409
Pt. 8 The Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals 421
31 The Holocaust in Hungary: A Retrospective Analysis 427
32 The Holocaust in Italy: Areas of Inquiry 439
33 Antonescu and the Jews 463
34 The Allies and the Holocaust 480
35 Surviving the Holocaust: The Situation in France 492
36 British Responses to the Plight of Jews in Europe, 1933-1945 510
37 Bureaucracy, Resistance, and the Holocaust: Understanding the Success of Swedish Diplomacy in Budapest, 1944-1945 518
38 A Lucky Few: Refugees in Turkey 536
39 The Catholic Response to the Holocaust: Institutional Perspectives 551
40 The Ecclesiastical Final Solution: The German Christian Movement and the Anti-Jewish Church 566
Pt. 9 Jewish Leadership, Jewish Resistance 585
41 The Armed Jewish Resistance in Eastern Europe: Its Unique Conditions and Its Relations with the Jewish Councils (Judenrate) in the Ghettos 591
42 Remembering and Invoking 1789 during the Holocaust: The Trials and Tribulations of French Jews 601
43 The Jewish Underground Press in France and the Struggle to Expose the Nazi Secret of the Final Solution 616
44 Czech and Slovak Wartime Jewish Leadership: Variants in Strategy and Tactics 629
Pt. 10 The Rescuers 647
45 Reflections on Rescuers 651
46 The Rescuer Self 663
47 Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust: A Portrait of Moral Courage 678
Pt. 11 The Survivor Experience 691
48 "We're on Our Way, but We're Not in the Wilderness" 699
49 Way Station of Exodus: Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugees in Postwar Austria 716
50 From Illegal Immigrants to New Immigrants: The Cyprus Detainees, 1946-1949 733
51 Against All Odds: Survivors of the Holocaust and the American Experience 750
52 Holocaust Survivors in Past and Present 767
53 Israeli Society and Recent Attitudes toward the Jews of Europe and Holocaust Survivors 785
54 History, Memory, and Truth: Defining the Place of the Survivor 799
Contributors 813
Index 821
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