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The Holocaust in History
     

The Holocaust in History

by Michael R. Marrus, USA
 

ISBN-10: 0874514258

ISBN-13: 9780874514254

Pub. Date: 11/01/1987

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

Did Europe's Jews go passively to their deaths? How did Nazi anti-Semitism evolve into mass murder? How important was Hitler's own hatred of the Jews in creating the Final Solution? Why didn't the Allies aggressively try to save Jews before the war's end? Michael R. Marrus, in the first comprehensive assessment of the vast historical literature on the Holocaust,

Overview

Did Europe's Jews go passively to their deaths? How did Nazi anti-Semitism evolve into mass murder? How important was Hitler's own hatred of the Jews in creating the Final Solution? Why didn't the Allies aggressively try to save Jews before the war's end? Michael R. Marrus, in the first comprehensive assessment of the vast historical literature on the Holocaust, tackles explosive issues and tortured memories, handling them with judiciousness and sensitivity. Drawing on the entire range of historical literature on this subject, he comments upon the questions that have troubled observers over the years. By applying the tools of historical, sociological, and political analysis, he presents a balanced but eye-opening treatment of many highly charged topics on the Holocaust, including the role of collaborationist governments, the Roman Catholic Church, the local populations, Jewish ghetto leadership, and the Jews themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874514254
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1987
Series:
Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry , #7
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
Prefacexi
1Introduction1
2The Holocaust in Perspective8
The Centrality of Antisemitism9
Hitler's Antisemitism13
The Uniqueness of the Holocaust18
Toward Mass Murder25
3The Final Solution31
Intentionalists: The Straight Path34
Functionalists: The Twisted Road40
Functionaries of the Final Solution46
Aspects of Nazi Population Policy51
4Germany's Allies, Vanquished States, and Collaborationist Governments55
Eastern Europe: The Final Solution in the German Lebensraum58
Western and Central Europe: Murder Improvised65
5Public Opinion in Nazi Europe84
Germans85
East Europeans94
West Europeans101
Support for Jews103
6The Victims108
East European Ghettos113
Central and West European Jewry122
The Camps126
7Jewish Resistance133
Dilemmas and Objectives of Jewish Resistance134
Ghettos, Forests, and Camps in Eastern Europe141
Slovakia and Hungary: Rescue as Resistance148
Western Europe: Jewish Affirmation151
8Bystanders156
What Was Known?157
Unwanted Refugees164
Jewish Communities168
The Soviet Union173
Neutrals176
The Catholic Church179
9The End of the Holocaust184
Ransom Negotiations185
Other Rescue Options192
The Death Marches and Liberation196
Conclusion199
Notes203
Suggestions for Further Reading247
Index257

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