Told with scrupulous attention to detail and accuracy, this text provides important background information on Jewish life in Europe, the functions of the hierarchy within the Nazi government, and the psychological foundations of prejudice. Unlike other texts on the subject, A History of the Holocaust gives students an idea of just who the victims of the Holocaust were. In fact, the author tells this story from a unique point-of-view, having experienced Nazi Germany as a child.
1. The Nature and Roots of Antisemitism Some Dynamics of Prejudice. Personality and Prejudice. The Costs. Origins of Antisemitism. Christianity and the Jews. The New Faith Established. The Medieval Church and the Jews. Early Ghettos. The Reformation. The 18th Century. The French Revolution and Reaction. The Impact of Industrialization. Twentieth Century. The New Antisemitism. Anti-Jewish Racism 2. The World That Was Annihilated The Victims. Polish Jewry. Shtetl Life. Cultural Achievements. The Rebirth of Poland 3. The Nazis' Rise to Power The Totalitarian Prerequisite. The Treaty of Versailles. The Weimar Republic. The Nazis Enter History. The Party Platform. The SA. The Failed Beer Hall Putsch. The Aryan Superiority Myth. Legitimizing Hitler. The End of the Republic 4. Hitler and Three who Served Him Hitler's Ideological Antecedents. The Irrationality of the Holocaust. Pseudo-Intellectual Roots. Psychological Hypotheses. Hitler: A Man of Paradoxes. Three Executioners of the Fuehrer's Will. Hermann Goering. Joseph Goebbels. Heinrich Himmler 5. Germany under the Nazis Destruction of the Republic. The Last. The Reichstag Fire. Political Centralization. The Party and the Government. Governing the Reich. Party Organization. The Blood Purge. Workers. Economic Policy. Farmers. Business. Public Education. Training the Nazi of the Future. The Catholic Church. Hitler and the Protestant Churches. Nazi Justice. 6. History of German Jews to 1939 Emancipation. Can Jews Be Accepted as Germans? Economic Antisemitism. Political Antisemitism. Jewish Reaction: The Reform Movement. Is Zionism the Answer?. The CV Reaction. World War I. The Weimar Years. Jewish Responses to the Nazi Danger. Who Is a Jew?. Early Legal Restrictions. The Nuremberg Laws. Kristallnacht. Voices: Papa's Slippers and Crystal Night. The Aftermath. 7: Hitler's War Lebensraum. The European Climate. Nazi Diplomacy. Inertia in France and Great Britain. Bloodless Victories. Austria' Fiasco and Victory. The Sudeten Germans. Appeasement at Munich. The Czech Finale. The Startling Hitler-Stalin Pact. The War at a Glance. The Defeat of Poland. Himmler's Vision of Poland. The War in the West. Governing the Conquered Nations. Great Britain Alone. Voices: Excerpts from Windmills, War, and Water. The Balkans and Operation Barbarossa. The Turning. 8. From Ideology to Isolation An Overview. Tracking Jews. Despoiling the Victims. Types of Concentration Camps. Himmler's Empire. Ghettos. Functions of the Judenraete. The Lodz Ghetto: A Case in Point. The Warsaw Ghetto: Another Case in Point. 9. Annihilation: Theory and Practice Mobile Killing Squads. The Wannsee Decision. Some German Reactions. The Gas Van Experiment. 10. The Industry of Death Gas Chambers. The Many Forms of Deception. Sonderkommandos. Auschwitz's Organization. Cheaper Than Slaves. Hunger. Voices: Jolie's Soup. The Hungarian Tragedy. Surviving a Concentration Camp. The Doctors. Camps in Central Europe. Theresienstadt and Ravensbrueck. The Death Marches. 11. Resistance Against All Odds. Voices: My Mother and the Rosenstrasse Protest. The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt. Results and Significance. Camp Revolts: An Overview. With the Partisans. 12. Rescue: Little, Late, but Voices: My Parents, My Heroes. The Final Solution Revealed. Delay and Obstruction in the United States. American Jewry. Survival in Bulgaria. The Danes Mobilize for Rescue. Accounting for the Danish Achievement. The Vatican and the Holocaust. The Protestant Churches. Ordinary People. Hidden Children. 13. After the Deluge Postwar Germany. Survivors in Limbo. Seeking a Refuge: The United States. Seeking a Refuge: Palestine. Justice for the Murderers? The Nuremberg Trials: 1945 - 1946. Further Trials. DeNazifying the Military. Germany and the Jews Today. Stolen Art: An Unfinished Legacy.