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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803266308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803266308
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,173,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the past few decades, scholars have produced a prodigious amount of work on the Nazi period and the Holocaust. As Deak puts it, "Holocaust literature is one of the richest devoted to a single event; it is also one of the newest." In this collection of scholarly essays, many of them first published in the New York Review of Books and the New Republic, Deak provides a balanced, incisive review of much of this academic work. The articles deal with a broad variety of topics, demonstrating remarkable familiarity with hundreds of books, all crafted around several themes. De k, a Hungarian-born professor of history at Columbia University, generally takes a cautious approach to the vast amounts of scholarship he reviews, ranging from the initial support for the Nazi Party (more spread out among all classes of society than once believed), Pope Pius XII and the Jews (the pope "proved weak and fallible") and the Holocaust in several European countries (all of which, he says, "produced roughly the same proportion of butchers, of the indifferent, of sympathizers, and of active rescuers"). But he's not afraid to be more opinionated. For example, he's critical of Daniel Goldhagen's controversial theory about longstanding "German eliminationist anti-Semitism" being responsible for the Holocaust. "What stands out is the book's preconceived notions and unsubstantiated claims, its intended shock value instead of historical value," he writes. This can take its place alongside Robert Wistrich's Hitler and the Holocaust (Forecasts, Sept. 3) as an up-to-date shortcut to holocaust scholarship.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From Library Journal

Deak (history, Columbia Univ.; The Lawful Revolution) is a prominent historian and a prolific author whose scholarly works on Eastern Europe, Germany, and World War II are widely read and cited. In addition, for a number of years he has written stimulating review essays, chiefly for the New York Review of Books and the New Republic, some of which are collected in this volume. Only slightly revised, these essays provide an engaging series of overviews of the issues surrounding the Hitler era. Deak's clear exposition of the main issues of the Nazi period and the work of its most important historians provides a useful overview and introduction for any reader who wants to find a way into the vast literature about Hitler's Europe. These essays consider the acts of both leaders and ordinary citizens and show how the perceptions of this period have evolved over time. Suitable for all academic and larger public libraries. Barbara Walden, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alexander P. Moulton on December 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
Prof. Istvan Deak's compilation of review essays from the New York Review of Books and the New Republic is history of a rare breed: rigorous, cogent analysis that is accessible to all by dint of its eloquent style and by the lack of scholarly jargon and neologisms that often mar such undertakings. For specialized scholars, this book will be valuable as a guide to the ever-expanding scholarship on Germany and East Central Europe -- particularly the essays on the presence and persistence of the past in this region. For the broader readership, Prof. Deak's book provides an excellent introduction to the paradoxes and problems that are attendant to inquiry into this period of time. Highly recommended to all readers.
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By Stephen Stults on March 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Keen insights and a wonderful source for further investigation. Would love to see an updated version by the author to cover WWII scholarship over the last decade.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roger Moran on November 8, 2002
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Prof. Deak admits that there is an overabundance of Holocaust literature and then adds to the heap without saying anything particularly new or interesting. These compiled-essay publications are becoming all too common and seem to be a lazy substitute for creating new and noteworthy work. While his students will probably be obliged to read and admire this volume, there is little to commend to the general reading public. Yes, there IS a lot of Holocaust lit out there- and most of it is more readable, provocative and worthy than this.
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