Hitler and the Holocaust is the product of
a lifetime’s work by one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of
anti-Semitism and modern Jewry. Robert S. Wistrich begins by reckoning with
Europe’s long history of violence against the Jews, and how that tradition
manifested itself in Germany and Austria in the early twentieth century. He
looks at the forces that shaped Hitler’s belief in a “Jewish menace” that must
be eradicated, and the process by which, once Hitler gained power, the Nazi
regime tightened the noose around Germany’s Jews. He deals with many crucial
questions, such as when Hitler’s plans for mass genocide were finalized, the
relationship between the Holocaust and the larger war, and the mechanism of
authority by which power, and guilt, flowed out from the Nazi inner circle to “ordinary
Germans,” and other Europeans. He explains the infernal workings of the death
machine, the nature of Jewish and other resistance, and the sad story of
collaboration and indifference across Europe and America, and in the Church.
Finally, Wistrich discusses the abiding legacy of the Nazi genocide, and the
lessons that must be drawn from it.
A work of commanding authority and insight, Hitler
and the Holocaust is an indelible contribution to the literature of
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