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The Final Solution : Origins and Implementation - David Cesarani

The Final Solution

Origins and Implementation

By: David Cesarani (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th September 1996
ISBN: 9780415152327
Number Of Pages: 332

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Although there is an immense amount of literature on the 'Final Solution' - the Nazis' attempt to exterminate European Jews during the Second World War - many critical questions about the Holocaust still remain unaddressed. The authoritative essays in The Final Solution set out to clarify the reasons for the attempted genocide of the Jews, and to provide new answers to this period of history. The book draws on important new evidence, much of it from archives in Eastern Europe which have only recently become accessible. Contributors are among the leading experts in the field. The essays focus on the preconditions and antecedents for the Final Solution and the immediate origins of the decision to murder Europe's Jewish population. They consider, too, the impact of the German invasion of Russia in June 1941 on the evolution of a genocidal policy and the response of the peoples and governments in Germany, occupied Europe, the Free World and the Jewish communities under the Nazis and in the West. The results of this study are often controversial. The essays challenge many accepted notions about the behaviour of the German Army, how much the Germans knew and the response of the non-Jewish population in Occupied Europe and the West. The Final Solution will be of great interest to students of modern European history. It will also make invaluable reading for anyone seeking to understand further this most tragic chapter of recent history.

"A valuable and stimulating collection of essays, admirably edited by David Cesarani." -"Times Literary Supplement

Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Antecedents, Preconditions and Legitimationp. 31
Volksgemeinschaft, 'Aryanization' and the Holocaustp. 33
Notesp. 44
Euthanasia and the Final Solutionp. 51
Notesp. 57
The Idea of the Final Solution and the Role of Expertsp. 62
Operation Barbarossa, the Wehrmacht and the Question of Timingp. 71
Himmler, the Architect of Genocidep. 73
The Relation between Operation Barbarossa as an Ideological War of Extermination and the Final Solutionp. 85
Notesp. 100
Wehrmacht, Einsatzgruppen, Soviet Pows and Anti-Bolshevism in the Emergence of the Final Solutionp. 103
Notesp. 114
Operation Barbarossa and the Origins of the Final Solutionp. 119
Notesp. 134
Hitler and the Euphoria of Victoryp. 137
The Implementation of the Final Solution and Responsesp. 149
The Response of Polish Jewry to the Final Solutionp. 151
Notesp. 158
The Holocaust in Lithuaniap. 159
Types of Genocide?p. 175
Notesp. 191
How Far Did Vichy France 'sabotage' the Imperatives of Wannsee?p. 194
German Public Awareness of the Final Solutionp. 215
Rescue through Statehoodp. 228
Different Worldsp. 246
Enmity, Indifference or Cooperationp. 268
Historiographyp. 289
Documents on the Holocaust in Archives of the Former Soviet Unionp. 291
Conclusionp. 300
Notesp. 309
Indexp. 310
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ISBN: 9780415152327
ISBN-10: 0415152321
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 19th September 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1