Hitler and the Holocaust
Hitler and the Holocaust is the product of a lifetimes work by one of the worlds foremost authorities on the history of anti-Semitism and modern Jewry. Robert S. Wistrich begins by reckoning with Europes long history of violence against the Jews, and how that tradition manifested itself in Germany and Austria in the early twentieth century. He looks at the forces that shaped Hitlers belief in a Jewish menace that must be eradicated, and the process by which, once Hitler gained power, the Nazi regime tightened the noose around Germanys Jews. He deals with many crucial questions, such as when Hitlers plans for mass genocide were finalized, the relationship between the Holocaust and the larger war, and the mechanism of authority by which powerand guiltflowed out from the Nazi inner circle to ordinary Germans, and other Europeans. He explains the infernal workings of the death machine, the nature of Jewish and other resistance, and the sad story of collaboration and indifference across Europe and America, and in the Church. Finally, Wistrich discusses the abiding legacy of the Nazi genocide, and the lessons that must be drawn from it. A work of commanding authority and insight, Hitler and the Holocaust is an indelible contribution to the literature of history.From the Hardcover edition.
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