Fully revised and updated, this second edition includes:
· A much expanded selection of original documents, many never before anthologised in English
· Added treatment of the role of non-Germans in the Holocaust and the geographical variations in Jewish response
· Additional consideration of the much-debated nexus between the Holocaust and modernity
· A new section on how 'the Holocaust' developed as a distinct historical topic
· Useful and informative Chronology, Who’s Who and Glossary
David Engel’s book is a taut, compact narration that appeals to the intellect as much, if not more, than to the emotions. It is sure to be welcomed by students in departments of History, Politics and European Studies as well as by anyone trying to get to grips with this complex and far-reaching subject for the first time.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Series (not included)
Note on Place Names
List of Maps
List of Plates (not included)
PART ONE: ANALYSIS
1 STUDYING THE HOLOCAUST
Holocaust and Genocide
Who Is Right?
Studying the Holocaust Historically
2 THE JEWS
The Jews in Christian Europe
In Modern Times
3 HITLER, NAZIS, GERMANS, AND JEWS
The Jews in Hitler's World View
Jews in the Ideology and Programme of Nazism
Jews in German Public Opinion
True Believers and World War I
Ordinary Men or Ordinary Germans?
4 1933-41¯A TWISTED ROAD?
A Diabolical Plot of the Work of 'Only Men'?
The State of Documentation
A Step-by-Step Process?
Jewish Policy and Global Strategy
5 RESPONDING TO PERSECUTION
Perceiving the Threat
To Leave or Not to Leave?
Communal Leadership: Coping and Resisting
Zionism, German Jewry, and World Jewry
External Obstacles to Emigration
6 THE TRANSITION TO KILLING
Why Begin Killing?
The Means of Murder
Organizing the Transports
7 RESPONDING TO MURDER
Information and Imagination
Communal Responsibility and Strategies for Survival
The Unofficial Community and Resistance
Local Non-Jewish Leaders and Populations: Opposition and Complicity
Beyond the Nazi Realm
8 HUMANITY, MODERNITY, AND THE HOLOCAUST
PART TWO: DOCUMENTS
David Engel is Greenberg Professor of Holocaust Studies, Professor of Hebrew Studies and Judaic Studies, and Professor of History at New York University. His books include In the Shadow of Auschwitz; Facing a Holocaust, and Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust.