The Holocaust in history
Published for Brandeis University Press by University Press of New England, 1987 - History - 267 pages
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. Book jacket.
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Much, though not all, is the work of professional historians; much, though not all,
has been written by Jews. Beyond this, there are few generalizations that one
can make. As we shall see, the historians differ on many of the issues, and their ...
Most historians remain uncomfortable with contentions of ideological consistency
or a "psychological continuum" lasting almost half a century. Further, it seems
even more risky to apply such theories to an entire population — north and south,
Clearly, however, it is the historians' task to guard against distortions as well as to
discover truth. Can those who write history be trusted with the Holocaust? In a
book published in 1981, oddly disdainful of much of recent historiography, Lucy ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - polarbear123 - LibraryThing
Great book for me, about to teach a 'debates on the holocaust' module in History at college. Summed up the various arguments well and has got me interested in a number of the historians mentioned. If ... Read full review
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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 ... Read full review