1st Edition

The Holocaust: The Basics

ISBN 9781138574199
Published July 18, 2019 by Routledge
204 Pages


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Book Description

The Holocaust: The Basics is a concise introduction to the study of this seismic event in mid twentieth-century human history.

The book takes an original approach as both a narrative and thematic introduction to the topic, and provides a core foundation for readers embarking upon their own study. It examines a range of perspectives and subjects surrounding the Holocaust, including:

  • the perpetrators of the Holocaust
  • the victims
  • resistance to the Holocaust
  • liberation
  • legacies and survivors' memories of the Holocaust.

Suppported by a chronology, glossary, questions for discussion, and boxed case studies that focus the reader's thoughts and develop their appreciation of the subjects considered more broadly, The Holocaust: The Basics is the ideal introduction to this controversial and widely debated topic for both students and the more general reader.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes


1. Introduction: Defining the Holocaust

2. Outlines, Origins, and Consequences

3. Perpetrators of the Holocaust

4. Jews and Other Victims

5. Rescue from the Third Reich and the Holocaust

6. Resistance during the Holocaust

7. Ending the Holocaust

8. Survivors Reflect on the Holocaust

9. Conclusion: Holocaust Memory and the Future





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Paul R. Bartrop is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, USA. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, including the Routledge titles Genocide: The Basics (2015); Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide (2011); and The Genocide Studies Reader (2009).