The Holocaust and History

The Holocaust and History

The Known, the Unknown, the Disputed, and the Reexamined
Michael Berenbaum and Abraham Peck
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/02/2002
Format: Paperback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21529-1
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A Selection of the Jewish Book Club

A huge and hugely significant collection of much of the best Holocaust scholarship to appear in the last half-century." —Kirkus Reviews

... magnificent... surely among [the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s] greatest achievements to date.... The range of the essays is nothing short of breathtaking." —Jerusalem Post

Fifty-four chapters by the world’s most eminent Holocaust researchers probe topics such as Nazi politics, racial ideology, leadership, and bureaucracy; the phases of the Holocaust from definition to expropriation, ghettoization, deportation, and the death camps; Jewish leadership and resistance; the role of the Allies, the Axis, and neutral countries; the deeds of the rescuers; and the impact of the Holocaust on survivors.

Author Bio

Michael Berenbaum is former Director of the Research Institute of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Among his publications are After Tragedy and Triumph: Modern Jewish Thought and the American Experience and The World Must Know.

Abraham J. Peck teaches in the Department of History, University of Southern Maine. He is the author of Radicals and Reactionaries: The Crisis of Conservatism in Wilhelmine Germany and coeditor of Queen City Refuge: An Oral History of Cincinnati's Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Probing the Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go
1. Sources and Their Uses
2. A Past That Will Not Go Away
3. The Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go
4. The Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go--A Comment

Part 2: Antisemitism and Racism in Nazi Ideology
5. The Use of Antisemitism in Nazi Wartime Propaganda
6. The Holocaust: A Very Particular Racism
7. Antisemitism and Racism in Nazi Ideology
8. Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Reinterpretations of National Socialism

Part 3: The Politics of Racial Health and Science
9. Human Genetics and the Mass Murder of Jews, Gypsies, and Others
10. From Colonial Racism to Nazi Population Policy
11. The Cooperation of German Racial Hygienists and American Eugenicists before and after 1933

Part 4: The Nazi State: Leadership and Bureaucracy
12. Reinhard Heydrich and the Planning for the Final Solution
13. Plans for the Final Solution in Early 1941
14. State Policy and Corporate Involvement in the Holocaust
15. Civil Service and the Implementation of the Holocaust
16. Other Crimes of Adolf Hitler
Part 5: "Ordinary Men": The Sociopolitical Background
17. The T4 Killers
18. Ordinary Germans or Ordinary Men? A Reply
19. Complicity or Entanglement? Wehrmacht, War, and Holocaust
20. Amsterdam Police and the Persecution of the Jews
21. Ordinary Men or Ordinary Germans?

Part 6: Multiple Voices: Ideology, Exclusion, and Coercion
22. Neglected Holocaust Victims
23. "Slapping Up Spastics"
24. Final Solution of the Homosexual Question?
25. The Pink Triangle: Homosexuals as "Enemies of the State"
26. The Black Experience during the Holocaust

Part 7: Concentration Camps: Their Task and Environment
27. Auschwitz
28. Antechamber to Birkenau
29. Concentration Camps and the Non-Jewish Environment
30. Mauthausen, the Camps of the Shoah, and the Bystanders

Part 8: T