Holocaust by Peter Longerich
The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews

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A comprehensive history of the Nazi persecution and murder of European Jews, paying detailed attention to an unrivalled range sources.

Focusing clearly on the perpetrators and exploring closely the process of decision making, Longerich argues that anti-Semitism was not a mere by-product of the Nazis' political mobilization or an attempt to deflect the attention of the masses, but that anti-Jewish policy was a central tenet of the Nazi movement's attempts to implement, disseminate, and secure National Socialist rule - and one which crucially shaped Nazi policy decisions, from their earliest days in power through to the invasion
of the Soviet Union and the Final Solution.

As Longerich shows, the 'disappearance' of Jews was designed as a first step towards a racially homogeneous society - first within the 'Reich', later in the whole of a German-dominated Europe.
 

About Peter Longerich

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Peter Longerich is Professor of Modern German History at Royal Holloway University of London and founder of the College's Holocaust Research Centre. He has published widely on the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, including Holocaust: The Nazi Murder and Persecution of the Jews, also published by Oxford University Press, which is widely recognized as the standard account of the Nazi machinery of mass murder and the steps by which it unfolded.
 
Published April 15, 2010 by OUP Oxford. 660 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In addition to providing firsthand accounts of the horrors they witnessed, “The Liberators” also reveals the psychological burden those witnesses carried - often in secret - all the rest of their days.

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Rather, from 1933 anti-Jewish policy was a central tenet of the Nazi movement's attempts to implement, disseminate, and secure National Socialist rule--and one which crucially shaped Nazi policy decisions.

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The New York Review of Books

Hungary deported Jews from territories it annexed from dismembered Czechoslovakia in 1939 and forced native Jews into brutal labor duty where many died, but the regime declined to send Jews to the death factories.

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Project MUSE

Rather than try to find a smoking gun in the form of an order for the extermination of all Jews, Longerich focuses his attention on the various phases of Nazi Judenpolitik.

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BBC History Magazine

Longerich contends, convincingly, that the Holocaust developed not from a single top-down command, but rather had a multitude of drivers and as such developed an almost organic dynamism of its own, where orders from the top would be mediated and interpreted by local commanders and adapted to cond...

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