Holocaust by Deborah Dwork
A History

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Unrivaled in Reach and scope, Holocaust illuminates the long march of events, from the Middle Ages to the modern era, which led to this great atrocity. It is a story of all Europe, of Nazis and their allies, the experience of wartime occupation, the suffering and strategies of marked victims, the failure of international rescue, and the success of individual rescuers. It alone in Holocaust literature negotiates the chasm between the two histories, that of the perpetrators and of the victims and their families, shining new light on German actions and Jewish reactions.No other book in any language has so embraced this multifaceted story. Holocaust uniquely makes use of oral histories recorded by the authors over fifteen years across Europe and the United States, as well as never-before-analyzed archival documents, letters, and diaries; it contains in addition seventy-five illustrations and sixteen original maps, each accompanied by an extended caption. This book is an original analysis of a defining event.
 

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Debórah Dwork is the director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Robert Jan van Pelt is a University Professor at the University of Waterloo. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published September 12, 2002 by John Murray Publishers Ltd. 464 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The authors find a Holocaust harbinger in the Catholic Inquisition’s systematic, ruthless, and century’s-long hounding of such discrete “heretic” groups as “Hussites, Huguenots in France, Calvinists elsewhere.” They make an even more direct link to the Reign of Terror, during which French revolut...

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Divided into themes that correspond with time periods, it begins with a section titled "Jews, Gentiles and Germans," which explores the deep roots of anti-Semitism in European and German culture, and ends with a series of essays under the rubric "After the Holocaust."

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The book is also filled with fascinating details that challenge our preconceptions—for instance, it is a myth, they note, that King Christian of Denmark wore a yellow star in sympathy with his country's Jews, since no Nazi order was ever given for Danish Jews to be so identified.

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