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 invasionof 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.
OUP Oxford; April 2010
- ISBN: 9780191539466
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- Title: Holocaust
- Author: Peter Longerich
Imprint: OUP Oxford
In The Press
[Holocaust: The Nazi persecution and murder of the Jews] must surely be the most thorough and reliable account of Nazi policy... Carefully written, scholarly, and measured in tone, it deserves to be in the library of everyone interested in the history of the greatest genocide in history.
About The Author
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 Character of the National Socialist Policy for the Extermination of the Jews. The latter formed part of his Expert Opinionin the notorious David Irving v. Penguin/Lipstadt trial. He is currently working on a biography of SS leader Heinrich Himmler.