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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Antisemitism was clearly a distinguishing feature of the party in the mid-192os,
and by the time Hitler made his political breakthrough in 1930, the Nazis were the
most enthusiastic exponents of anti-Jewish ideology in electoral politics.
These probes involved no break with Nazi anti-Jewish ideology. To the contrary,
the fantastic idea of using the Jews to open talks with their western enemies may
best be understood within the framework of the Nazis' obsessive anti- semitism.
On this point see especially George L. Mosse, The Crisis of German Ideology:
Intellectual Origins of the Third Reich (New York, 1964), ch. 17; and idem,
Nazism: A Historical and Comparative Analysis of National Socialism (Oxford,
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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