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The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust Hardcover – September 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0231112000 ISBN-10: 0231112009 Edition: annotated edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; annotated edition edition (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231112009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231112000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Niewyk (history, Southern Methodist Univ.) and Nicosia (history, Saint Michael's Coll.) have compiled one of the most useful portable Holocaust reference works published in the last few years. What makes this work so interesting is that it is structured so differently from most other one-volume works on the topic. For example, Rochelle Millen's New Perspectives on the Holocaust: A Guide for Teachers and Scholars is made up of two dozen pedagogical articles, while Ronnie S. Landau's Studying the Holocaust: Issues, Readings, and Documents assumes considerable knowledge while offering little analytical text. The Columbia Guide is divided into five parts: "Historical Overview"; "Problems and Interpretations," which is further subdivided into such categories as "Roots of the Holocaust" and "The Question of Rescue"; "Chronology"; "Encyclopedia"; and "Resources." The first two parts convey the major historiographic thrust and the controversies of Holocaust research over the past 30 years without bogging down in excessive detail. The "Chronology" is a micro-version of events that will be useful to scholars and graduate students only, but the "Encyclopedia" will serve a broad range of teachers, students, and scholars, as it provides concise entries on people, places, terms, and organizations associated with the Holocaust. Coverage in any encyclopedia is necessarily subjective, yet the authors are to be commended for their choices, which include a number of Jewish organizations and terms, such as the Oneg Shabbat (the secret archive of the Warsaw Ghetto underground). The extensive "Resources" section includes web-based works, and statistical tables and maps round out the work. Recommended for all libraries. Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"One of the most useful portable Holocaust reference works published in the last few years. What makes this work so interesting is that it is structured so differently from most other one-volume works on the topic....Recommended for all libraries." -- Library Journal



"An impressive volume, and the authors have succeeded in providing a handy one-volume, multipurpose guide to the Holocaust." -- John A. Drobnicki, American Reference Books Annual



"Very helpful and useful." -- Center for Holocaust Studies



"A valuable work of reference. It is superbly organized and its quality is uniform throughout. Succinct, lucid, and informative, this compact volume is also up-to-date. It fills a broad need." -- Raul Hilberg


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Beyer on May 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Niewyk and Nicosia have given us an indispensible addition to the vast literature on the Holocaust. Due to legally required Holocaust education in some states, many people whose specialty is not Holocaust studies are required to teach about the Holocaust. The biggest worry in this is the serious possibility of the Holocaust being presented in a way that is kitschy, usually with no more important lesson than Santayana's trite witticism about repeating history. What *The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust* provides is a wonderful overview of the Holocaust especially designed for non-experts. While the text is concise and readable, the best parts of the book are outside the normal text. Niewyk and Nicosia provide several sections that make this book ideal for beginners in Holocaust studies and educators that must teach about the Holocaust: biographies of many important individuals, "location" biographies of the major death camps, ghettos and other important sites (such as Babi Yar), and an enormous annotated bibliography of books, music, museums, documentaries and movies, and internet sites. While there is not much here for the established scholar (though even they may find the extensive bibliography useful), for beginning students and especially for educators, there is no better source to have by your side when studying, discussing or teaching the Holocaust.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sal Benigno on November 30, 2013
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The guide is so concise in its treatment of all the diverse historical currents that contributed to anti-Jewish anti-Semitism and the holocaust that it would be impossible to achieve such insight without months/years of study. We will not repeat the same mistake. This guide is one of the reasons why.
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By Michael on March 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is the result of intense research and thorough assimilation of source documents. The resulting text provides a factual context for other histories, reporting, art, drama, and all other representations and studies of the Holocaust. The facts are appalling. The implications are many faceted for our times and for all time. The journey of learning about the Holocaust is a vital one for each of us at every age.
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Format: Hardcover
Great copy. Awesome delivery time. Just as described!
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