1st Edition

Fascism, Nazism and the Holocaust Challenging Histories

By Dan Stone Copyright 2021
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book contains essays on Fascism, Nazism and the Holocaust by distinguished scholar Professor Dan Stone.

    It examines issues such as race science and the racial state, Nazi race ideology, slave labour, concentration camps, British reaction to the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust, the search for missing persons in the chaos of postwar Europe and the postwar revival of fascism. Though mainly focused on Nazi Germany, it also makes comparisons with other fascist movements and regimes in Romania and elsewhere.

    This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of antisemitism, fascism, Nazism, World War II, genocide studies and the Holocaust.

    Introduction: Challenging Histories

    1. ‘The Ultimate Cross-Cultural Fertilizer’: The Irony of the ‘Transnational Local’ in Anglo-German Rural Revivalism

    2. Aurel Kolnai’s The War against the West and British Attempts to Understand Nazism before the War

    3. Race Science, Race Mysticism, and the Racial State

    4. Nazi Race Ideologues

    5. Ideologies of Race: The Construction and Suppression of Otherness in Nazi Germany

    6. Structure and Fantasy: Holocaust Perpetrators and Genocide Studies

    7. Christianstadt: Slave Labour and the Holocaust

    8. Belsen and the British

    9. The Iron Guard in Nazi Captivity: Evidence from the International Tracing Service

    10. Romania and the Jews in the BBC Monitoring Service Reports, 1938-1948

    11. Concentration Camps: A Global History

    12. The Course of History: Arno J. Mayer, Gerhard L. Weinberg and David Cesarani on the Holocaust and World War II

    13. The Return of Fascism in Europe? Reflections on History and the Current Situation


    Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He has published widely on Nazism, concentration camps and the Holocaust.

    "Focusing on the Holocaust, fascism, and Nazism, this is an excellent book about the ways historians practice their trade. With erudition, style, and considerable nuance, Stone illuminates how the solid basis of disciplinary procedures produces different historical interpretations according to changing historical contexts. This is a must read not only for scholars of the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and fascism, but to all historians curious about the inner mechanisms of historical writing." Alon Confino, Author of A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide

    "Written with Dan Stone's characteristic clarity and insight, this lively collection offers fresh perspectives on diverse themes in the historiography on Nazism and the Holocaust, from fascist and Nazi ideology to perpetrator motivations, concentration camps, and the internment experiences of Jewish women. Promoting above all the value of methodologically diverse historical approaches, Stone's book is a timely reminder that ‘the past’ is necessarily subject to multiple interpretations, and that no history is, or ever should be, unchallengeable." Shirli Gilbert, Professor of Modern Jewish History, UCL, UK

    "This significant and wide-ranging collection offers yet more evidence that Dan Stone is one of the most incisive and intelligent scholars writing on the Holocaust today." Mark Roseman, Author of Lives Reclaimed: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany