Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byPeter Longerich

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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 theNazi 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.

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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 attemp...

Peter Longerich is Professor of Modern German History and Director of the Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely on the subject, in English and German, including The Unwritten Order: Hitler's Role in the Final Solution, and The Systematic Charact...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionHistorical Background: Anti-Semitism in the Weimar RepublicPart I: Racial Persecution, 1933-19391. The Displacement of Jews from Public Life, 1933-19342. Segregation and Comprehensive Discrimination, 1935-19373. Interim Conclusions: The Removal of Jews from German Society, the Formation of the National Socialist 'People's Community', and its Consequences for Jewish Life in Germany4. The Intensification of the Racial Persecution of Non-Jewish Groups by the Police Apparatus, 1936-19375. Comprehensive Deprivation of Rights and Forced Emigration, late 1937-19396. The Politics of Organized ExpulsionPart II: The Persecution of the Jews, 1939-19417. The Persecution of Jews in the Territory of the Reich, 1939-19408. German Occupation and the Persecution of the Jews in Poland, 1939-1940/1941: The First Variant of a 'Territorial Solution'9. DeportationsPart III: Mass Executions of Jew in the Occupied Soviet Zones, 194110. Laying the Ground for a War of Racial Annihilation11. The Mass Murder of Jewish Men12. The Transition from Anti-Semitic Terror to Genocide13. Enforcing the Annihilation Policy: Extending the Shootings to the Whole Jewish PopulationPart IV: GENESIS OF THE FINAL SOLUTION ON A EUROPEAN SCALE, 194114. Plans for a Europe-Wide Deportation Programme After the Start of Barbarossa15. Autumn 1941: Beginning of the Deportations and Regional Mass Murders16. The Wannsee ConferencePart V: THE EXTERMINATION OF THE EUROPEAN JEWS, 1942-194517. The Beginning of the Extermination Policy on a European Scale in 194218. The Further Development of the Policy of Extermination after the Turning of the War in 1942-1943: Continuation of the Murders and Geographical Expansion of the DeportationsConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A first-rate account of an unprecedented state-planned and sanctioned atrocity. Longerich's approach to his topic is meticulous and masterful." --The Canadian Jewish News