The Destruction of the European Jews - Vol. 1

The Destruction of the European Jews - Vol. 1

The Destruction of the European Jews - Vol. 1

The Destruction of the European Jews - Vol. 1

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The work culminating in the contents of these volumes was begun in 1948. Thirty-six years have passed since then, but the project has remained with me, from early youth to late middle age, sometimes interrupted but never abandoned, because of a question I asked. From the start I have wanted to know how the Jews of Europe were destroyed. I wanted to explore the sheer mechanism of destruction, and as I delved into the problem, I saw that I was studying an administrative process carried out by bureaucrats in a network of offices spanning a continent. Understanding the components of this apparatus, with all the facets of its activities, became the principal task of my life.

The “how” of the event is a way of gaining insights into perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. The roles of all three will be described in this work. The German officeholders will be shown passing memoranda from desk to desk, conferring about definitions and classifications, and drafting public laws or secret instructions in their relentless drive against the Jews. The Jewish community, caught in the thicket of these measures, will be viewed in terms of what it did and did not do in response to the German assault. The outside world is a part of this history by virtue of its posture as spectator.

Still, the act of destruction was German, and the primary focus in . . .

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