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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert S. Wistrich Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date:
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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 history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robert Wistrich’s Hitler and the Holocaust is a concise yet distinctly authoritative history of the Holocaust…Anyone who wants to read one book on the state of our understanding of Hitler and the Holocaust as we enter the new century would be well advised to begin with Wistrich. Never polemical and always meticulous, restrained in his prose and fair in his analysis, once again he displays a mastery of his subject and full command of even the most recent of scholarship.” 

    Michael Berenbaum, former director of the Research Institute of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • “Wistrich’s balanced, nuanced discussion is illuminating.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “George Guidall’s velvet voice moves through…without a hitch, making an interesting story even better.” 

    AudioFile

  • “A good general history that’s also a relentlessly depressing example of a subject that can never make for light reading…A solid addition to a vast literature.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark Ott | 11/12/2013

    " Long and slow. I love WW2, especially gleaning from the German side, but this was a very hard read for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh Scarabin | 12/13/2012

    " If you read one book on the holocaust this should be it. I think everyone should read as much as possible about this event and time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thomas Andrikus | 12/2/2011

    " Quite a detailed account on how the life of Adolf Hitler compounded with the prevalence of Anti-Semitism in the 20th century Europe, helped brew the one of the biggest horrors that mankind could ever see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 1/8/2011

    " Makes Obama, Clinton, and Jimmy Carter look like good guys. "

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About the Author

Robert S. Wistrich is professor of modern Jewish history at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, visiting fellow at the Royal Institute of Advanced Studies in the Netherlands, and visiting professor of history at Brandeis and Harvard universities.