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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Writing about the history of international conflict, Butterfield observed that
historical understanding moved through two phases. The first, which he called "
heroic," is formulated in the heat of battle; it has a primitive and simple shape,
It is sometimes assumed that the contentions of historical uniqueness stake out
some special claim for recognition of the Holocaust — a political or theological
affirmation, rather than a historical evaluation. Reflecting on this problem, Geoff ...
7 Arendt wrote as a moralist, and her historical judgments were meant to hammer
home some fundamental truths about human behavior and responsibilities in a
world of powerful bureaucracies. Her intended message was universal. Although
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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