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Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of…

Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Extermination, 1939-1945

by Saul Friedländer

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Friedlander successfully tackles the question "Why didn't anyone DO anything???" He frames the Holocaust in terms of a backlash against liberal society. Every class, government, and almost every church distrusted the Jews for what they thought the Jews stood for: Bolshevism (Hitler) Communism (the Vatican), international business (middle class Germans), moneyed professionals (struggling workers), etc. When Hitler's obsessive anti-Semitism set the match to the tinder, the conflagration began. This fascinating analysis is interspersed with moving diary entries by Jews and Nazis, whose ultimate fates Friedlander follows to the end. This is the most complete account of the Holocaust I've read. One caveat: keep Google nearby: the author refers to things well known to some ("the birthday telegram incident"?) but not to all readers. ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
One of the deepest most probing accounts of the Holocaust I have ever read. Friedlander is a gifted historian who manages to present a fairly neutral account of the extermination years of the Holocaust. Friendlander manages to inject a personal element into a horrific period in history accelerating the pace of the book. The writing is clear and the research is impeccably done. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in the history of World War II or the Holocaust. ( )
  MellowOwl | Aug 16, 2009 |
I read this book while Israel invaded Gaza in 2009, and have to say that the book was very polarizing. People would approach me on the subway and in restaurants and challenge the book because they disagreed with Israel's actions - frankly, that has nothing to do with the actions of the Nazis in World War II. People seem to forget that "Israel" does not equal "Jews", just as Islamic Jihaadists do not equal all Muslims.

As for this book, it is exhaustively researched and very well written. For a 600+ page book, it was very easy to read, because it was so organized and quite simply, fascinating. Worth reading for anyone who is interested in World War II history. ( )
  Meggo | Mar 29, 2009 |
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The enactment of the German extermination policies that resulted in the murder of six million European Jews depended upon many factors, including the cooperation of local authorities and police departments, and the passivity of the populations, primarily of their political and spiritual elites. Necessary also was the victims' willingness to submit, often with the hope of surviving long enough to escape the German vise. The Years of Extermination, the completion of Saul Friedländer's major historical opus on Nazi Germany and the Jews, explores the convergence of the various aspects of this most systematic and sustained of modern genocides. In this unparalleled work—based on a vast array of documents and an overwhelming choir of voices from diaries, letters, and memoirs—the history of the Holocaust has found its definitive representation.

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Examines the anti-Semitism that led to Nazi Germany's attempts to exterminate Europe's Jewish population, focusing on the people and events from the Nazi accession to power in 1933 to the onset of World War II.

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