Holocaust : 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 672 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 42mm | 1,120.37g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192804367
  • 9780192804365
  • 351,757

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Skeptics who maintain there is little of value left to learn about the Holocaust should read this. * Booklist * Superb and provocative work...A vital addition to the field of Holocaust studies. * Booklist * A landmark in Holocaust hisory. * William Chislett, El Imparacial Madrid * Important study. * Times Literary Supplement * Meticulous...magisterial....Longerich's monumental work will hereafter be referred to as the classic text to study. * Chicago Jewish Star * A Book of the Year. * The Atlantic * Longerich has reconstructed and imposed as much narrative order as possible on a tangle of political, military, and administrative processes. * The Atlantic, * [Holocaust: The Nazi persecution and murder of the Jews] must surely be the most thorough and reliable account of Nazi policy... Carefully written, scholarly, and measured in tone, it deserves to be in the library of everyone interested in the history of the greatest genocide in history. * Times Literary Supplement, Richard J. Evans' book of the year. d * Carefully written, scholarly, and measured in tone, it deserves to be in the library of everyone interested in the history. * Times Literary Supplement, Richard J Evans * A profound study... it supplies the best account we have of the relationship between anti-Semitism and mass murder, and conveys a melancholy plausibility. * New York Review of Books *show more

About Peter Longerich

Peter Longerich is Professor of Modern German History and Director of the Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely on the subject, in English and German, including The Unwritten Order: Hitler's Role in the Final Solution, and The Systematic Character of the National Socialist Policy for the Extermination of the Jews. The latter formed part of his Expert Opinion in the notorious David Irving v. Penguin/Lipstadt trial. He is currently working on a biography of SS leader Heinrich Himmler.show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. The exclusion of the Jews from public life (1933-4) ; 2. Segregation and systematic discrimination (1934-7) ; 3. Systematic disfranchisement and expulsion (autumn 1937 to the outbreak of war) ; 4. Persecution of the Jews 1939-41 ; 5. The mass murder of Jewish civilians in the Soviet Union (1941) ; 6. The genesis of the Final Solution ; 7. The initiation of a policy of extermination on a European scale ; 8. The policy of extermination after 1942 ; 9. Conclusion: the four incremental stages of the policy of extermination ; Appendix ; Bibliography ; Index of names ; Index of placesshow more

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