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The Holocaust and History


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Part 1: Probing the Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go
1. Sources and Their Uses
2. A Past That Will Not Go Away
3. The Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go
4. The Holocaust: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go--A Comment

Part 2: Antisemitism and Racism in Nazi Ideology
5. The Use of Antisemitism in Nazi Wartime Propaganda
6. The Holocaust: A Very Particular Racism
7. Antisemitism and Racism in Nazi Ideology
8. Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Reinterpretations of National Socialism

Part 3: The Politics of Racial Health and Science
9. Human Genetics and the Mass Murder of Jews, Gypsies, and Others
10. From Colonial Racism to Nazi Population Policy
11. The Cooperation of German Racial Hygienists and American Eugenicists before and after 1933

Part 4: The Nazi State: Leadership and Bureaucracy
12. Reinhard Heydrich and the Planning for the Final Solution
13. Plans for the Final Solution in Early 1941
14. State Policy and Corporate Involvement in the Holocaust
15. Civil Service and the Implementation of the Holocaust
16. Other Crimes of Adolf Hitler
Part 5: "Ordinary Men": The Sociopolitical Background
17. The T4 Killers
18. Ordinary Germans or Ordinary Men? A Reply
19. Complicity or Entanglement? Wehrmacht, War, and Holocaust
20. Amsterdam Police and the Persecution of the Jews
21. Ordinary Men or Ordinary Germans?

Part 6: Multiple Voices: Ideology, Exclusion, and Coercion
22. Neglected Holocaust Victims
23. "Slapping Up Spastics"
24. Final Solution of the Homosexual Question?
25. The Pink Triangle: Homosexuals as "Enemies of the State"
26. The Black Experience during the Holocaust

Part 7: Concentration Camps: Their Task and Environment
27. Auschwitz
28. Antechamber to Birkenau
29. Concentration Camps and the Non-Jewish Environment
30. Mauthausen, the Camps of the Shoah, and the Bystanders

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About the Author

Michael Berenbaum is former Director of the Research Institute of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Among his publications are After Tragedy and Triumph: Modern Jewish Thought and the American Experience and The World Must Know.

Abraham J. Peck teaches in the Department of History, University of Southern Maine. He is the author of Radicals and Reactionaries: The Crisis of Conservatism in Wilhelmine Germany and coeditor of Queen City Refuge: An Oral History of Cincinnati's Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany.


"A huge and hugely significant collection of much of the best Holocaust scholarship to appear in the last half-century... With this one weighty volume of 54 chapters (and extensive notes), a reader can learn how far Holocaust scholarship has progressed and what areas will be discussed for generations to come." --Kirkus Reviews "Recognizing the passionately controversial nature of the field, the editors have opted for variety over unanimity. Competently and unobtrusively, they have brought together a stimulating collection of high-quality essays that should be useful to specialists and general readers alike. Essential for all libraries." --Choice "Destined to become an essential resource." --Booklist "... this magnificent collection of essays is surely among [the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's] greatest achievements to date... The range of the essays is nothing short of breathtaking." --Jerusalem Post

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