Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Nov 8, 2016 - History - 1056 pages
David Cesarani’s Final Solution is a magisterial work of history that chronicles the fate of Europe’s Jews. Based on decades of scholarship, documentation newly available from the opening of Soviet archives, declassification of Western intelligence service records, as well as diaries and reports written in the camps, Cesarani provides a sweeping reappraisal that challenges accepted explanations for the anti-Jewish politics of Nazi Germany and the inevitability of the “final solution.” The persecution of the Jews, as Cesarani sees it, was not always the Nazis’ central preoccupation, nor was it inevitable. He shows how, in German-occupied countries, it unfolded erratically, often due to local initiatives. For Cesarani, war was critical to the Jewish fate. Military failure denied the Germans opportunities to expel Jews into a distant territory and created a crisis of resources that led to the starvation of the ghettos and intensified anti-Jewish measures. Looking at the historical record, he disputes the iconic role of railways and deportation trains. From prisoner diaries, he exposes the extent of sexual violence and abuse of Jewish women and follows the journey of some Jewish prisoners to displaced persons camps. David Cesarani’s Final Solution is the new standard chronicle of the fate of a heroic people caught in the hell that was Hitler’s Germany.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
One THE FIRST YEAR 1933
33
Two JUDENPOLITIK 19341938
79
Three POGROM 19381939
143
Four WAR 19391941
235
Five BARBAROSSA 1941
349
Six FINAL SOLUTION 1942
451
Seven TOTAL WAR 1943
581
Eight THE LAST PHASE 19441945
697
Epilogue
765
Conclusion
792
Glossary
797
Bibliography
810
Notes
852
Index
951
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DAVID CESARANI, OBE, was Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London and the award-winning author of Becoming Eichmann and Major Farran's Hat. He was awarded the OBE for services to Holocaust Education and advising the British government on the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day. He died in October 2015.

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