Holocaust

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Holocaust

Documents on the Holocaust: Selected Sources on the Destruction of the Jews of Germany and Austria, Poland, and the Soviet Union, compiled and edited by Yitzhak Arad, Yisrael Gutman, and Abraham Margaliot. 7(th) ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999. 528 pp. ISBN 0-15032-2050-7 (c); 0-8032,5937-9 (p).

These 213 documents on the theory, planning, execution of, and reaction and resistance to the Nazi plan to exterminate European Jews date from the 1920s through the closing days of World War II. The crystallization of the principles of Nazi antisemitism, the policies of the Third Reich toward the Jews, the period of segregation and enclosed ghettos, and the stages through which the "final solution" was implemented are some of the topics covered. Other documents shed light on Jewish public activities and the organization of the Underground and Jewish self-defense.

Hans Reichmann: Deutscher Bürger und verfolgter Jude -- Novemberpogrom und KZ Sachsenhausen 1937 bis 1939, prepared by Michael Wildt. Oldenbourg Verlag: Munich, 1998. 300 pp. ISBN 3-486-56339-4.

A description of the persecution of the Jews in the years 1937-1939 -- including the November pogrom (Kristallnacht), arrest and abduction in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp -- written by Hans Reichmann, formerly syndic of the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens, in his notes from exile in London. (German) (D.B.)

The Holocaust and the Text.' Speaking the Unspeakable, by Andrew Leak and George Paizis. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. 208 pp. ISBN 0-312-22866-X.

Whether through its frequent presence in the news, or in history books, documentaries, and fiction, the Holocaust is an event that refuses to go away. Yet how is the modern reader to imagine the unimaginable and relate it to the present? The essays in this book examine the problems that underlie the representation in literature of these horrific events.

Inherit the Truth: A Memoir of Survival and the Holocaust, by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2000. 176 pp. ISBN 0-312-20897-9.

Inherit the Truth is composed of the author's memories of her experience in Auschwitz and Belsen, supplemented by the letters her family wrote to one another during this period, and other primary documents.

"Jüdische Mischlinge: "Rassenpolitik und Verfolgungserfahrung 1933-1945, by Beate Meyer. Hamburg: Dölling und Galitz Verlag, 1999. 494 pp. ISBN 3-933374-22-7.

On the eve of the National Socialist assumption of power approximately 35,000 intermarried couples lived in the German Empire. The Nationalsocialists treated their nearly 8,000 Jewish descendants as Jews, and the nearly 64,000 non-Jews they stigmatized as "hybrids of the first degree." They were discriminated against in a variety of ways. This study incorporates unused archival material and numerous interviews in order to investigate the persecution of this group of people. (German) (D.B.)

The Language of the Third Reich: A Philologist's Notebook, by Victor Klemperer, translated by Martin Brady. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1999. 280 pp. ISBN 0-485-11526-3.

Under the Third Reich, the official language of Nazism came to be used as a political tool. This Notebook was written out of Klemperer's conviction that the language of the Third Reich helped to create its culture. …