Roads to Extinction: Essays on the Holocaust

Roads to Extinction: Essays on the Holocaust

Roads to Extinction: Essays on the Holocaust

Roads to Extinction: Essays on the Holocaust

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The author of this noteworthy collection of essays has often been called "the father of the Jewish Holocaust literature." A most energetic, imaginative, and careful historian, Philip Friedman, before the Nazi rise to power, devoted many years to the exploration of the modern history of the Jews in Eastern Europe. However, under the impact of the tragic experiences of the Second World War, which he miraculously survived under the Nazi occupation of Poland, he was induced to concentrate on the scholarly research into the history of that Catastrophe, the greatest in the blood-stained annals of Jewish history. He thus became the chief founder of a new discipline in Jewish studies and, since his demise on February 7, 1960, he has been greatly missed in the further shaping of this comparatively young area of investigation.

Friedman was born on April 27, 1901, in Lwów, Poland, then under Austrian domination. Like other Galician youths of that period, he was . . .

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