Nazi Anti-Semitism by Philippe Burrin
From Prejudice to the Holocaust

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From a leading historian of Nazi Germany, a new exploration of the evolution of policies that led to the horror of the Holocaust.

One of the continuing puzzles of twentieth-century history is how Germany moved from a kind of anti-Semitism that was despicable, but did not seem exceedingly dangerous, to the Final Solution. This question has been much debated in recent years, and historians have arrived at very different answers.

In Nazi Anti-Semitism, Philippe Burrin, one of the leading historians of Nazi Germany, offers a new understanding of the evolution of Nazi thought and policy. Disagreeing with those such as Daniel Goldhagen (author of Hitler's Willing Executioners) who would condemn the German population as a whole for being inherently anti-Jewish, Burrin presents a more nuanced picture and shows how Nazi policy evolved gradually. How the Germans proceeded from seemingly unthinkable premises to the actual horror of the Holocaust is the story that he tells in this essential book.

Burrin's France Under the Germans, published by The New Press in 1997, received widespread praise and has become a seminal work. Already published to great acclaim in France, Nazi Anti-Semitism opens new perspectives in a vital historical debate with continuing relevance.

About Philippe Burrin

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Burrin is a professor of international history in the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and was recently a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
Published October 1, 2005 by New Press. 160 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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In his latest volume, Hitler's thinking, the views and actions of the Nazis, and the deliberate, step-by-step successful effort of Hitler and the Nazis to condition the German people and impose Hitler's will on them through propaganda, through parades and pageantry, through his manipulation of im...

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