The Holocaust was the defining trauma of the 20th century. How do we begin to understand the Nazi drive to murder millions of people, or the determination of concentration camp prisoners to survive?This new and improved edition of Sources of the Holocaust brings together over 90 original Holocaust documents and testimonies to put the reader into direct contact with the genocide’s human participants. From the origins of Christian antisemitism and the creation of monstrous ‘Others’ to the immediate aftermath of these crimes against humanity and the rise of right-wing ideologies in the 21st century, this book is structured both chronologically and thematically in order to clearly explain the ideas that made the Holocaust possible, how people mounted resistance at the time, and the Holocaust’s legacy today. On top of this unparalleled access to the voices of the Holocaust, Steve Hochstadt’s authoritative and scholarly commentaries on each source ensures readers gain a comprehensive understanding of this terrible episode in human history.Shocking and compelling, this carefully curated collection of primary sources is the definitive account of Holocaust experiences and vital reading for all scholars of modern European history.
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