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Presents an in-depth overview of the Holocaust, intended for undergraduates, graduate students, and law school students. Chs. 1-2 (pp. 5-78) survey Jewish history from the ancient period to the early 20th century, focusing on antisemitism. Historical antisemitism created the environment that helped pave the way for the Holocaust. However, it was "modern" ideas of the late 19th-early 20th centuries, including the "survival of the fittest" theory, eugenics, and first and foremost the idea of Aryan racial superiority, which made the Holocaust possible. Chs. 4-10 (pp. 79-442) contain a history of the Nazi genocide against Jews, Gypsies, and the handicapped, and its aftermath. Examines Hitler's ideology and dwells on early Nazi racist policies against Jews and Gypsies in 1933-39, ghettoization, and mass murders in Poland, the Soviet Union, and Western Europe. Discusses the role of Nazi-allied states in the genocide, the attitudes of neutral countries (including the Vatican) toward the Holocaust and its victims, and postwar trials of Nazi criminals in Germany and elsewhere. (From the Bibliography of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism)

Title The Holocaust : roots, history, and aftermath / David M. Crowe.
Publisher Boulder, Colo : Westview Press
Creation Date c2008
Content Jewish history: ancient beginnings and the evolution of Christian anti-Judaic prejudice through the Reformation -- Jews, the Enlightenment, Emancipation, and the rise of racial anti-Semitism through the early twentieth century -- The world of Adolf Hitler, 1889-1933: war, politics, and anti-Semitism -- The Nazis in power, 1933-1939: eugenics, race, and biology
Jews, the handicapped, and the Roma -- Nazi Germany at war, 1939-1941: "euthanasia" and the handicapped
ghettos and Jews -- The invasion of the Soviet Union and the path to the "Final Solution" -- The "Final Solution," 1941-1944: death camps and experiments with mass murder -- The Final Solution in Western Europe and the Nazi-allied states -- The Holocaust and the role of Europe's neutrals: then and now -- Liberation, DPs, and the search for justice: war crimes investigations and trials in Europe, the United States, and Israel.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 457-489) and index.
Format xvi, 524 pages : ill., maps
25 cm.
Language English
Identifier ISBN9780813343259 (pbk.)
ISBN0813343259 (pbk.)
System Number 990027894740205171

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