This book is the second in a series of studies published under the auspices of the Institute for Holocaust Studies of the Graduate School and U niver- sity Center of The City University of New York. Like the first book, it is an outgrowth of the lectures and special studies sponsored by the institute during the 1981-82 and 1982-83 academic years. This volume is divided into five parts. Part I, Ethics and the Holocaust, contains a pioneering investigation of one of the most neglected areas in Holocaust studies. Francine Klagsbrun, a well-known writer and popular lecturer, provides an erudite overview of the value of life in Jewish thought and tradition. With full understanding of the talmudic scholars' position on Jewish ethics and using concrete examples of the life-and- death dilemmas that confronted many Jews in their concentration camp experiences, Klagsbrun provides dramatic evidence of the triumph of moral and ethical principles over the forces of evil during the Holocaust, this darkest period in Jewish history.
The next two chapters, grouped under the heading The Allies and the Holocaust, deal with the failure of the Western Allies to respond to the desperate needs of the persecuted Jews of Europe during the Second World War. The first is by Professor Bela Vago, an authority on the Holocaust and East Central European history at the University of Haifa.
I Ethics and the Holocaust.- 1 The Value of Life: Jewish Ethics and the Holocaust.- II The Allies and the Holocaust.- 2 The Horthy Offer. A Missed Opportunity for Rescuing Jews in 1944.- 3 The Struggle for an Allied Jewish Fighting Force During World War.- III The Holocaust: Selected Areas.- 4 The Japanese Ideology of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.- 5 The Holocaust in Norway.- IV Reactions to the Holocaust.- 6 In History's "Memory Hole": The Soviet Treatment of the Holocaust.- 7 Confronting Genocide: The Depiction of the Persecution of the Jews and the Holocaust in West German History Textbooks.- V Crime and Punishment.- 8 Ernst Kaltenbrunner and the Final Solution.- 9 Attitudes Toward the Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals in the United States.- Contributing Authors.