A History of the Holocaust

New York, N.Y. Franklin Watts, 1982. Later printing. Trade paperback. 398 pages. Some ink underlining and marks noted. Includes List of Maps and Charts; List of Tables; and Preface. Also includes chapters on Who Are the Jews?; Liberalism, Emancipation, and Antisemitism; World War I and Its Aftermath; The Weimar Republic; The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, 1933-1938; German Jewry in the Prewar Era, 1933-1938; Poland--The Siege Begins; Life in the Ghettoes; The "Final Solution"; West European Jewry, 1940-1944; Resistance; Rescue; The Last Years of the Holocaust, 1943-1945; Aftermath and Revival; Appendix: Himmler's "Reflections on the Treatment of Peoples of Alien Races in the East". Includes 18 black and white maps and charts, and 14 black and white tables. Also includes Notes, Bibliography, and Index. Yehuda Bauer (born April 6, 1926) is an Israeli historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is a professor of Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bauer at sixteen, inspired by his history teacher, Rachel Krulik, he decided to dedicate himself to studying history. Upon completing high school, he joined the Palmach. He attended Cardiff University in Wales on a British scholarship, interrupting his studies to fight in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, after which he completed his degree. Bauer returned to Israel and began his graduate work in history at the Hebrew University. He received his doctorate in 1960 for a thesis on the British Mandate of Palestine. The following year, he began teaching at the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. He was the founding editor of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Derived from a Kirkus review: A treatment of the Holocaust, against the background of traditional and modern anti-Semitism, that could serve ambitious readers. Bauer is a Hebrew University specialist in Holocaust studies and the author of American Jewry and the Holocaust, among many other volumes. And while he has his biases, they are openly displayed: chiefly, what many would consider undue tolerance of the Judenrat leaders who supplied Jewish labor, or Jewish hostages, to the Nazis. There is a corresponding stress on the unknowability of Germans' intentions, and an analogous disinclination to speak harshly of those--be they Polish nationals or the Vichy French--who were implicated in the Jews' destruction. The section on ""Christianity and the Nazis""--the new official dispensation vs. Niemoeller, Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the German Catholics--omits mention, except glancingly, of the Pope. Yet there is also much explanatory material for readers who may know only TV dramatizations: on pre-Hitlerite German anti-Semitism (and the origin of the term); on Zionism and Palestine; the inter-war situation of American, and other, Jewry. With the 1939 German invasion of Poland, the book begins to close in on the fate of East European Jewish communities: the ghettoization; the Judenraete; life within; sporadic resistance and rebellion. "The Final Solution" brings brief descriptions--with excerpts from survivors--of the concentration camps and death camps; and a good deal, proportionately, on the various rescue attempts. One thing that Bauer doesn't flinch from is the unwillingness of anyone else to take them. Informed and steady-on. Condition: Good.

Keywords: Jews, Holocaust, Genocide, Final Solution, Anti-semitism, Nazi, Ghetto, Judenrat, Kovno, Theresienstadt, Wannsee Conference, Concentration Camps, Death Camps, Auschwitz, Emigration, Resistance, Partisans, Rescue

ISBN: 0531056414

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Price: $35.00