Sources of the Holocaust

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Februar 2004



This new collection of original Holocaust documents and sources brings readers into direct contact with perpetrators and victims. The words of Nazi leaders and common soldiers, SS doctors and European collaborators show how and why they planned and participated in mass murder. Jewish and non-Jewish victims speak of their persecution and resistance. Steve Hochstadt's commentary on each source outlines the historical causes and step-by-step development of the Holocaust, as well as the continuing debates about its significance.


The Context of Christian Antisemitis
The Creation of Monsters in Germany: Jews and Others
The Nazi Attack on Jews and Other Undesirables in the Third Reich, 1933-1938
The Physical Assault on Jews in Germany, 1938-1939
The Perfection of Genocide as National Policy, 1939-1945
'Arbeit Macht Frei': Work and Death in Concentration Camps and Ghettos
Assembly Lines of Death: Extermination Camps
The Aftermath
The Holocaust in Contemporary Life
List of Sources


STEVE HOCHSTADT is Professor of History at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, USA. He teaches modern European history and the Holocaust. His book Mobility and Modernity: Migration in Germany 1820-1989 won the Social Science History Association's Allan Sharlin Award in 2000.


'Sources of the Holocaust is a tremendously rich collection of primary sources that together offer priceless insight into the Nazi extermination of the Jews of Europe. The scores of documents of various types that it contains provide a sense of immediacy and feeling for the horror that was the Shoah in a way that no secondary source could ever give. It is hard to imagine that anyone will want to teach a course on the Holocaust without having students read and discuss this collection.' - David I. Kertzer, Dupee University Professor, Brown University
'Steve Hochstadt's brilliant study probes the causes of the Holocaust through the centuries, and it documents its perpetration with painstaking accuracy. Sources of the Holocaust is a lasting contribution to the history of persecution and genocide.' - Judith Magyar Isaacson, author of Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor
'A valuable volume of sources.' - Louise Willmot, Manchester Metropolitan University
'Hochstadt's new collection of holocaust related sources is a highly valuable addition to the field. Its broad range of materials ensures the inclusion of both key documents and lesser known materials that are both significant and shocking. Its combined chronological and thematic organization will allow scholars to make new historiographical connections, as well as providing teachers and students with a clear, accurate and concrete documentary base from which to teach and learn about the different historical stages and lessons of the Holocaust.' - Anna Reading, London South Bank University
'This is a very useful, wide-ranging set of texts that set the issue in its widest historical context. The commentaries are very helpful.' - Professor Conan Fischer, University of Strathclyde
'A very good, wide ranging collection. The best of its kind.' - Dr Patrick Finney, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
'...those who want to understnad the way the war actually worked will learn a great deal' - The Australian Jewish News
'This source book belongs on the shelf next to the great classics of teaching Holocaust.' - Jewish Book World
'Scholars and readers searching for a primer of sources related to the history of anti-Semitism from its earliest origins and the Holocaust will profit greatly from this book.' - German Studies Review
' is clear that this volume offers a positive and effective....teaching contribution to approaching the Third Reich's racial policies between 1933 and 1945.' - Matthew Feldman, Archives
EAN: 9780333963456
ISBN: 0333963458
Untertitel: list of sources, bibliography, index. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2004
Seitenanzahl: 336 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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