Genocide on Trial: War Crimes Trials and the Formation of Holocaust History and Memory by Donald Bloxham

Genocide on Trial: War Crimes Trials and the Formation of Holocaust History and Memory

byDonald Bloxham

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When the Allies decided to try German war criminals at the end of World War II they were attempting not only to punish the guilty but also to create a record of what had happened in Europe. This ground-breaking new study shows how Britain and the United States went about inscribing the historyof Nazi Germany and the effect their trial and occupation policies had on both long and short term 'memory' in Germany and Britain. Donald Bloxham here examines the actions and trials of German soldiers and policemen, the use of legal evidence, the refractory functions of the courtroom, and Alliedpolitical and cultural preconceptions of both 'Germanism' and of German criminality. His evidence shows conclusively that the trials were a failure: the greatest of all 'crimes against humanity' - the 'final solution of the Jewish question' - was largely written out of history in the post-war eraand the trials failed to transmit the breadth of German criminality. Finally, with reference to the historiography of the Holocaust, Genocide on Trial illuminates the function of the trials in perpetuating misleading generalizations about the course of the Holocaust and the nature of Nazism.

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Donald Bloxham is at University of Edinburgh.
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Title:Genocide on Trial: War Crimes Trials and the Formation of Holocaust History and MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:294 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.62 inPublished:January 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The Legal Prism1. Shaping the Trials: The Politics of Trial Policy 1945-19492. Race-specific Crimes in Punishment and Re-educative Policy: The Jewish FactorPart II: Postwar Representations and Perceptions3. Plumbing the Depths of Nazi Criminality: The Limits of Legal Imagination4. Charting the Breadth of Nazi Criminality: The Failure of the Trial MediumPart III: The Trials and Posterity5. A Nuremberg Historiography of the Holocaust?ConclusionsAppendix A: Charter of the International Military Tribunal, Article 6Appendix B: The Defendants and Organizations before the IMTAppendix C: The Subsequent Nuremberg ProceedingsBibliography

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`Review from previous edition This excellent book reminds us that one of the many ways to hit historical gold is to reshuffle the cards and deal them afresh... Dr Bloxham writes so well and manages the three-ringed circus of his argument so deftly that his book is a lot easier to read and itsargument easier to follow than might have been expected of an enterprise boldly transcending the departmental boundaries of law, history and politics. It must be of interest to far too many and various readerships to be allowed to be cast simply as a new item in the miscellaneous category of'Holocaust Studies'.'Geoffrey Best, EHR, June 2002