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The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust - Donald L. Niewyk

The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust

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Offering a multidimensional approach to one of the most important episodes of the twentieth century, "The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust" offers readers and researchers a general history of the Holocaust while delving into the core issues and debates in the study of the Holocaust today.

Each of the book's five distinct parts stands on its own as valuable research aids; together, they constitute an integrated whole. Part I provides a narrative overview of the Holocaust, placing it within the larger context of Nazi Germany and World War II. Part II examines eight critical issues or controversies in the study of the Holocaust, including the following questions: Were the Jews the sole targets of Nazi genocide, or must other groups, such as homosexuals, the handicapped, Gypsies, and political dissenters, also be included? What are the historical roots of the Holocaust? How and why did the "Final Solution" come about? Why did bystanders extend or withhold aid?

Part III consists of a concise chronology of major events and developments that took place surrounding the Holocaust, including the armistice ending World War I, the opening of the first major concentration camp at Dachau, Germany's invasion of Poland, the failed assassination attempt against Hitler, and the formation of Israel.

Part IV contains short descriptive articles on more than two hundred key people, places, terms, and institutions central to a thorough understanding of the Holocaust. Entries include Adolf Eichmann, Anne Frank, the Warsaw Ghetto, Aryanization, the SS, Kristallnacht, and the Catholic Church. Part V presents an annotated guide to the best print, video, electronic, and institutional resources in English for further study.

Armed with the tools contained in this volume, students or researchers investigating this vast and complicated topic will gain an informed understanding of one of the greatest tragedies in world history.

One of the most useful portable Holocaust reference works published in the last few years. What makes this work so interesting is that it is structured so differently from most other one-volume works on the topic...Recommended for all libraries. Library Journal An impressive volume, and the authors have succeeded in providing a handy one-volume, multipurpose guide to the Holocaust. -- John A. Drobnicki American Reference Books Annual Useful and recommended for all libraries. Choice Very helpful and useful. Center for Holocaust Studies A valuable work of reference. It is superbly organized and its quality is uniform throughout. Succinct, lucid, and informative, this compact volume is also up-to-date. It fills a broad need. -- Raul Hilberg

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Historical Overviewp. 1
Historical Overviewp. 3
Excluding the "Racially Inferior," 1933-1939p. 3
War and the Beginning of Genocide, 1939-1941p. 9
The Final Solution, 1941-1944p. 14
The End of the Holocaust, 1944-1945p. 36
Aftermath and Legaciesp. 37
Problems and Interpretationsp. 43
Defining the Holocaustp. 45
The Gypsiesp. 47
The Mentally and Physically Handicappedp. 48
Soviet Prisoners of Warp. 48
Polish and Soviet Civiliansp. 49
Political Prisoners, Religious Dissenters, and Homosexualsp. 50
Conclusionp. 51
Roots of the Holocaustp. 53
Trends in Modern European Historyp. 53
The History of the Victimsp. 57
The History of Prejudicep. 63
How the "Final Solution" Came Aboutp. 71
Intentionalistsp. 72
Functionalistsp. 74
Synthesizersp. 77
The Perpetrators and Their Motivationsp. 83
Perpetratorsp. 83
Motivationsp. 88
The Victims' Reactions to Persecutionp. 97
Accommodationp. 97
Armed Resistancep. 99
Evasionp. 101
Surviving the Campsp. 102
The Survivors' Viewsp. 103
The Behavior of Bystandersp. 109
Germanyp. 109
Eastern Europep. 112
Western Europep. 116
The Question of Rescuep. 119
The Allied Powersp. 120
The Neutralsp. 125
The Lasting Effect of the Holocaustp. 129
Participantsp. 129
Legal and Religious Institutionsp. 132
Scholars and Studentsp. 134
Chronologyp. 139
Chronologyp. 141
Encyclopediap. 171
Encyclopediap. 173
Peoplep. 173
Placesp. 194
Termsp. 214
Organizationsp. 249
Resourcesp. 267
Resourcesp. 269
Printed Reference Worksp. 270
Printed Sources (Primary and Secondary)p. 273
Filmographyp. 373
Electronic Resourcesp. 389
Resource Organizations, Museums, and Memorialsp. 400
Tablesp. 419
Mapsp. 425
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9780231112017
ISBN-10: 0231112017
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 3rd September 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.64