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The Holocaust & World War II

Holocaust Mothers

Holocaust Mothers and Daughters

Family, History, and Trauma
Federica K. Clementi
An astonishing analysis of Jewish mother-daughter relations before, during, and after the Shoah as described in daughters’ memoirs.

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David Roskies

Holocaust Literature: a History and Guide

David G. Roskies, Naomi Diamant

A comprehensive assessment of Holocaust literature, from World War II to the present day.

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Inventing a Pathology of Catastrophe for Holocaust Survival

[The Limits of Medical Knowledge and Historical Memory in France]

Michael Dorland

A powerful look at how French medical science apprehended and described Holocaust survival. In this extraordinary study, Michael Dorland explores sixty years of medical attempts by French doctors (mainly in the fields of neuropsychiatry and psychoanalysis) to describe the effects of concentration camp incarceration on Holocaust survivors.

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 Berel Lang

Philosophical Witnessing
The Holocaust as Presence

Berel Lang

Fascinating philosophical inquiry into post-Holocaust representations of the Holocaust in political theory, ethics, and aesthetics, and an assessment of the limitations and promise of philosophical ‘witnessing’ in relation to those issues.

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The Jews of Białystok during World War II and the Holocaust

Sara Bender, Yaffa Murciano, translator

 “Sara Bender’s book is an outstanding example of what a historian can do to illuminate the real, not the imagined, history of the Shoah. This thorough investigation of both German policies and, mainly, the Jewish reactions to the unexpected onslaught on Jewish lives, does away with preconceptions and historical errors. A most important addition to our knowledge.”—Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Academic Adviser of Yad Vashem

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a holocaust controversy

A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France

Samuel Moyn

"Meticulously researched, judiciously argued, and lucidly written, this little gem of a book shows how the smallest historical episodes can have surprisingly weighty consequences."
— Martin Jay, author of Songs of Experience

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the jews of france during the second world war 

The Jews of France during the Second World War

Renée Poznanski

A crucial contribution to French, Jewish and Holocaust historiography, and an important corrective to much of the literature that treats Jews as victims rather than as subjects able to make (some) choices.

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generation exodus 

Generation Exodus: The Fate of Young Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany

Walter Laqueur

"Laqueur has undertaken the daunting task of writing the collective biography of a generation unique in history: the children of the German-Jewish families who fled Germany in the 1930s . . . As someone who shared this experience, I can testify that Laqueur has succeeded admirably."
— Henry A. Kissinger

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battlefields and playgrounds 

Battlefields and Playgrounds

Janos Nyiri

"Nothing in recent memory approaches the greatness—the narrative beauty, the sublime character portraits and the cliff-hanging tension and drama—of Battlefields and Playgrounds.:
— Wall Street Journal

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prisoner of hope

Prisoner of Hope: Moshe Prywes as Told to Haim Chertok

Moshe Prywes and Haim Chertok

"The life recorded here is unique, and yet reflects the most dramatic generation in the history of the Jewish people. The writing is delicate, humoristic and tragic, and always compelling."
— Amos Oz

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breaking the silence

Breaking the Silence: The German Who Exposed the Final Solution

Walter Laqueur and Richard Breitman

"A superb . . . piece of detective work and an exciting real-life spy drama."
— San Francisco Chronicle

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between mussolini and hitler 

Between Mussolini and Hitler: The Jews and the Italian Authorities in France and Tunisia

Daniel Carpi

A landmark study of the forces shaping Fascist Italy’s policies toward Jews in occupied territories during World War II.

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the architect of genocide 

The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution

Richard Breitman

Drawing upon previously untapped primary sources . . . the author conclusively counters efforts to portray the Holocaust as unpremeditated, the result of bureaucratic improvisation under wartime constraints.

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from boycott to annhilation

From Boycott to Annihilation: The Economic Struggle of German Jews, 1933-1943

Avraham Barkai

"Dr. Barkai’s trailblazing research, particularly in the records of Jewish institutions . . . significantly expands our knowledge of the economic persecution of Jews in the Third Reich."
— Henry A. Turner, Yale

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the jews of poland between two world wars 

The Jews of Poland Between Two World Wars

Yisrael Gutman, Ezra Mendelsohn, Jehuda Reinharz and Chone Shmeruk, eds.

Original essays by distinguished scholars on all aspects of Jewish life in Poland from 1918 to 1939.

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the holocaust in history 

The Holocaust in History

Michael R. Marrus

"Wonderfully researched and superbly written, this book is the finest available introduction to how historians write about the Holocaust."
— Library Journal

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the darker side of genius 

The Darker Side of Genius: Richard Wagner’s Anti-Semitism

Jacob Katz

Richard Wagner’s antisemitism considered in the context of his time, place, and aspirations rather than in relation to his later appropriation by the Nazis.

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hitler in history

Hitler in History

Eberhard Jackel

"In contrast to most scholarly works on Hitler, this brilliant book is lucid, forthright, and blessedly brief."
— American Historical Review

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french and germans, germans and french

French and Germans, Germans and French: A Personal Interpretation of France under Two Occupations, 1914-1918/1940-1944

Richard Cobb

"A splendid book for comprehending human kind."
— The Economist

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world in the balance

World in the Balance: Behind the Scenes of World War II

Gerhard L. Weinberg

"A series of essays representing the pinnacle of the historian’s craft: a solid and sweeping survey."
— German Studies Review

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