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In examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, second edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Gypsies, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the handicapped, and other groups deemed undesirable. With clear and eloquent prose, Bergen explores the two interconnected goals that drove the Nazi German program of conquest and genocide—purification of the so-called Aryan race and expansion of its living space—and discusses how these goals affected the course of World War II. Including firsthand accounts from perpetrators, victims, and eyewitnesses, the book is immediate, human, and eminently readable.
Chapter 1: Preconditions: Antisemitism, Racism, and Common Prejudices in Early-Twentieth-Century Europe
Chapter 2: Leadership and Will: Adolf Hitler, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, and Nazi Ideology
Chapter 3: From Revolution to Routine: Nazi Germany, 1933–1938
Chapter 4: Open Aggression: In Search of War, 1938–1939
Chapter 5: Experiments in Brutality, 1939–1940: War against Poland and the So-Called Euthanasia Program
Chapter 6: Expansion and Systematization: Exporting War and Terror, 1940–1941
Chapter 7: The Peak Years of Killing: 1942 and 1943
Chapter 8: Death Throes and Killing Frenzies, 1944–1945
Conclusion: The Legacies of Atrocity
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading
Posted July 7, 2007
I liked the way the author ogranized the information. This is such a broad subject and organization by chapter themes was both important and easy to follow. She does a very good job of providing a mix of oral history and further bibliographic information for the reader as well. I would very much recommend this book for any student.
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