Author(s): Peter Longerich
A comprehensive history of the Nazi persecution and murder of European Jews, paying detailed attention to an unrivalled range sources. Focusing clearly on the perpetrators and exploring closely the process of decision making, Longerich argues that anti-Semitism was not a mere by-product of the Nazis' political mobilization or an attempt to deflect the attention of the masses, but that anti-Jewish policy was a central tenet of the Nazi movement's attempts to implement, disseminate, and secure National Socialist rule - and one which crucially shaped Nazi policy decisions, from their earliest days in power through to the invasion of the Soviet Union and the Final Solution. As Longerich shows, the 'disappearance' of Jews was designed as a first step towards a racially homogeneous society - first within the 'Reich', later in the whole of a German-dominated Europe.
A landmark in Holocaust hisory. William Chislett, El Imparacial Madrid Superb and provocative work...A vital addition to the field of Holocaust studies. Booklist Skeptics who maintain there is little of value left to learn about the Holocaust should read this. Booklist
Introduction; 1. The exclusion of the Jews from public life (1933-4); 2. Segregation and systematic discrimination (1934-7); 3. Systematic disfranchisement and expulsion (autumn 1937 to the outbreak of war); 4. Persecution of the Jews 1939-41; 5. The mass murder of Jewish civilians in the Soviet Union (1941); 6. The genesis of the Final Solution; 7. The initiation of a policy of extermination on a European scale; 8. The policy of extermination after 1942; 9. Conclusion: the four incremental stages of the policy of extermination; Appendix; Bibliography; Index of names; Index of places