The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Volume II

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Volume II

Ghettos in German-Occupied Eastern Europe
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/04/2012
ISBN: 978-0-253-00202-0
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This volume offers a comprehensive account of how the Nazis conducted the Holocaust throughout the scattered towns and villages of Poland and the Soviet Union. It covers more than 1,150 sites, including both open and closed ghettos. Regional essays outline the patterns of ghettoization in 19 German administrative regions. Each entry discusses key events in the history of the ghetto; living and working conditions; activities of the Jewish Councils; Jewish responses to persecution; demographic changes; and details of the ghetto's liquidation. Personal testimonies help convey the character of each ghetto, while source citations provide a guide to additional information. Documentation of hundreds of smaller sites—previously unknown or overlooked in the historiography of the Holocaust—make this an indispensable reference work on the destroyed Jewish communities of Eastern Europe.

Author Bio

Geoffrey P. Megargee and Martin Dean are applied research scholars at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Reviews

“This volume offers a comprehensive account of how the Nazis conducted the Holocaust throughout the scattered towns and villages of Poland and the Soviet Union. Covering more than 1,150 sites, including both open and closed ghettos, this is an indispensable reference work on the destroyed Jewish communities of Eastern Europe.”

“This monumental 7-volume encyclopedia, the result of years of work by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will describe the universe of camps and ghettos—some 20,000 in all—that the Nazis and their allies operated, from Norway to North Africa and from France to Russia. This first volume covers three groups of camps: the early camps that the Nazis established in the first year of Hitler's rule, the major SS concentration camps with their constellations of subcamps, and the special camps for Polish and German children and adolescents. "The most efficacious way of fighting the scourge of Holocaust denial is with the facts. No argument posed by deniers can withstand the overwhelming weight of the truth. This encyclopedia will provide a host of detail about crucial aspects of the Holocaust that cannot be found elsewhere." —Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving "An indispensable source that no one individual could compile in a lifetime of research. . . . An especially useful reference work for anyone working with survivor memoirs and testimonies." —Christopher R. Browning, author of Ordinary Men: Reserve Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland”

“NOT DONE Needs Catalog Copy "The most efficacious way of fighting the scourge of Holocaust denial is with the facts. No argument posed by deniers can withstand the overwhelming weight of the truth. This encyclopedia will provide a host of detail about crucial aspects of the Holocaust that cannot be found elsewhere." —Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving "An indispensable source that no one individual could compile in a lifetime of research. . . . An especially useful reference work for anyone working with survivor memoirs and testimonies." —Christopher R. Browning, author of Ordinary Men: Reserve Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland”

“NOT DONE Needs Catalog Copy "The most efficacious way of fighting the scourge of Holocaust denial is with the facts. No argument posed by deniers can withstand the overwhelming weight of the truth. This encyclopedia will provide a host of detail about crucial aspects of the Holocaust that cannot be found elsewhere." —Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving "An indispensable source that no one individual could compile in a lifetime of research. . . . An especially useful reference work for anyone working with survivor memoirs and testimonies." —Christopher R. Browning, author of Ordinary Men: Reserve Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland”

“An outstanding work of scholarship that marks a major achievement in studies of the Shoah. Martin Dean and his expert contributors draw on archival records, survivor testimonies, and publications in countless languages to produce vivid accounts of hundreds of the Holocaust sites now known as 'ghettos.' The results both confirm and unsettle conventional wisdom. . . . The details are unforgettable: a ghetto that consisted of only two houses; an orphanage known as a 'children's cage'; Jews who went on foot from their homes to the killing center of Treblinka.”
 — Doris L. Bergen, author of War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust

“Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2009 Winner, 2009 National Jewish Book Awards, Holocaust Winner, 2010 Judaica Reference Award”

“An indispensable source that no one individual could compile in a lifetime of research. . . . An especially useful reference work for anyone working with survivor memoirs and testimonies.”
 — Christopher R. Browning, author of Ordinary Men: Reserve Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

“The most efficacious way of fighting the scourge of Holocaust denial is with the facts. No argument posed by deniers can withstand the overwhelming weight of the truth. This encyclopedia will provide a host of detail about crucial aspects of the Holocaust that cannot be found elsewhere.”
 — Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving

“This magnificent collective effort, uniting the research and expertise of leading scholars from around the world, provides a fundamental new reference for the history of the Holocaust. Anyone who wishes to understand the variety of Jewish experience in the ghettos and the scale of the destruction of a whole European world must consult this encyclopedia.”
 — Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

“A meticulously researched account of Nazi ghettos in Eastern Europe. The editors have mined all possible resources in many languages and presented their findings in succinct, lucid language. The production of the volume is exemplary. It will serve as the standard reference work on the subject.”
 — Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan

“An essential addition to any public or academic library with significant collections of Holocaust literature or Jewish genealogy.”
 — Jewish Libraries Newsletter

“This user-friendly reference work belongs on every library bookshelf.”
 — CHOICE: Social & Behavioral Sciences

“Using a variety of scholarly and archival materials, the editors provide a very detailed analysis and history of the events that took place in the towns, villages, and cities of German-occupied Eastern Europe. . . . A rich source of information, this will make an excellent addition to reference collections. ”
 — Library Journal

“[A] staggering achievement. . . . at around 2,000 pages it’s an even more impressive compendium of scholarly research and editorial enterprise than Volume I . . . Without the efforts of this consortium of international contributors, most of these places . . . might have disappeared from historical memory and slipped into oblivion.”
 — The Jewish Daily Forward

“All in all, the USHMM encyclopedia is a most welcome contribution to the history and memory of the Nazi concentration camps. For scholars, this first volume is a valuable reference work whose great strength lies first and foremost in the transfer of knowledge, bringing the hitherto mostly German discourse to the wider international audience.”
 — Studies in Contemporary Jewry

“The USHMM Encyclopedia is a highly significant and overdue synthesis of existing documentary studies and specialized knowledge on the history and profile of Nazi concentration camps. ”
 — German Studies Review

“This work will be of particular use to specialists in the fields of German and Austrian history, European labor history, and the history of World War II.Fall 2010”
 — Jewish Book World

“[This] volume would well serve those who research the Holocaust or work with survivor memoirs and testimonies.April 2, 2010”
 — The American Jewish World

“A readable encyclopedia with very up-to-date bibliographical sources. This important reference work belongs on every library bookshelf.November 2009”
 — Choice

“The massive two-volume set . . . focuses specifically on the ghettos of Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe. It stands without doubt as the definitive reference guide on this topic in the world today. This is not hyperbole, but simply a recognition of the meticulous collaborative research that went into assembling such a massive collection of information. . . . Every serious scholar of the Holocaust in the East and every academic library should have this encyclopedia on hand. ”
 — Holocaust and Genocide Studies

“Well researched . . . accessible . . . this valuable resource covers an aspect of the Holocaust rarely addressed and never in such detail. A valuable addition to libraries focusing on the Holocaust.August 15, 2009”
 — Library Journal

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