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The Holocaust in History
     

The Holocaust in History

by Michael Robert Marrus
 
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,

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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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More suitable for students of the discipline than lay readers, this is a masterly, engrossing assessment of the vast Holocaust literature. In contrast to Lucy Dawidowicz's 1981 The Holocaust and the Historians, which protested the mistreatment of the topic by historians, Marrus (The Unwanted: European Refugees in the Twentieth Century, etc.) nonpolemically applies ``the tools of historical, sociological, and political analysis to the events of the war years and to understand what happened to European Jewry as one would understand any other historical problem.'' Placing the Holocaust in a broad historical perspective, he links the centrality of anti-Semitism in Nazism to Hitler's anti-Jewish commitment and advances the argument that Nazi anti-Jewish policy wasn't set at an early point but evolved, with the plan for European-wide mass murder emerging after the military successes in 1940-41. In a keen effort to enter the minds and sensibilities of those who lived through the Holocaust, he undermines generalizations regarding European public opinion of Jews during the Holocaust, bystanders, Jewish ghetto leadership and Jewish ``passivity'' and ``resistance.'' He evenhandedly surveys the various sources on Nazi offers to suspend the Final Solution and ransom the remaining Jews at the last stages of the war, and other rescue options. History Book Club and Jewish Book Club main selections. (November 9)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Wonderfully researched and superbly written, this book is the finest available introduction to how historians write about the Holocaust. Forcefully arguing that the Holocaust must be demystified and studied as an event within history, Marrus summarizes the most recent, authoritative historical scholarship pertaining to critical themes on the Holocaust, such as the centrality of anti-Semitism to Nazism; the uniqueness of the Holocaust; the role of bystanders, collaborators, Jewish leaders; and Jewish resistance. Marrus juxtaposes historical disagreements and consensus on specific issues, periodically offering his own cogent synthesis and judicious conclusions. A first-class historiography, recommended wholeheartedly for scholars and laypersons alike. History Book and Jewish Book Club Main selections. Benny Kraut, Judaic Studies Dept., Univ. of Cincinnati

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452009530
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1989
Series:
Tauber Institute Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.64(d)

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