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Gr 10 Up-A thorough and well-documented discussion. Bauer gives an overview of Jewish history beginning 2000 years B.C.E. and notes the many conflicts and discriminations the Jewish people have suffered throughout time. Placed within that context, the initial disbelief from many Jews regarding the plan of complete annihilation becomes much more understandable, although the author reports the cases of Jewish resistance and help from outside sources. Unfortunately, though, the end result is one with which we are all too familiar. The organization and exhaustive coverage are first-rate, and this revision of a 1982 title includes information not available earlier from both Eastern and Western countries. The "what" and "how" are included here, but there is also an attempt to discover the "why," and that is what lifts this title into the realm of an advanced study of a difficult topic. An excellent resource.

Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert Middle School, OH

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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  • Series: Single Title Social Studies
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts; Revised edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531155765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531155769
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on May 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This review is based on the 1982 edition. This book traces the Holocaust from early anti-Jewish teachings, the emergence of racial anti-Semitism, the rise of Nazi ideology, the decision to murder the Jews, the implementation of the Holocaust, rescue attempts, Jewish resistance, theological and philosophical implications, etc. Bauer soundly repudiates any notion of the German death camps being erected in German-occupied Poland because of the presumed anti-Semitism of the local population (p. 210). It was simply a matter of practicality.

Bauer notes that more than half of prewar Polish Jews were nonreligious (p. 177). Hlond-like comments about "Jews-as-freethinkers" can be understood in this light.

To his credit, Bauer recognizes the essential difference between traditional Christian teachings about Jews and those of the later Nazis: "The term anti-Semitism was apparently first used by a racist ideologist in Germany, Wilhelm Marr, in 1878 and 1879...But in an increasingly secularized society in which there was no belief in Jesus, the question of who was responsible for his death seemed irrelevant. Marr, Duehring, de Lagarde, and the other racists, violently anti-Christian, saw Christianity--quite rightly, of course--as derived from Judaism and therefore utterly condemnable. They needed a `modern', `scientific' term, hygienic, neutral, that would not include the word Jew." (p. 43)

When elaborating on efforts of the German-occupied nations to warn the outside world about what was being done to the Jews, Bauer writes: "The Polish government-in-exile had been the first official body to lend unhesitating credence to the reports on planned mass murder.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had the opportunity to use Yehuda Bauer's book in a universtiy course on the history of the Holocaust two years ago. Now that I am a history teacher, I found myself looking for the text that I foolishly sold. In his book Bauer provides an overview of the Jewish people and then takes you through the the major events (WWI, the Weimar Republic, rise of Hitler)in history and how they contributed to the massacre of millions in the Holocaust. Bauer's chapter by chapter analysis of the events surrounding the Holocaust is the reason that I came back to look for the text. Whether you are interested in this era of history or are perhaps an educator about to teach it, you will find valuable information within this book to help you synthesize and present the information. I plan to use parts of this book in the World History class that I am teaching.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne Brennan on July 26, 2013
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Why, oh why do publishers put out books that aren't edited and indexed properly?

The grammar and sentence structure in this book aren't bad. But the punctuation is inconsistent, swinging wildly from North American to British style and back. The copy editor couldn't even decide whether to use serial commas.

Worse, the copy editor didn't bother to think about what s/he was reading. On just about every page I find ambiguous phrases and orphaned references, leaving me to wonder what the author is talking about. Dozens of times in just one chapter, he uses the term "the century" without telling us which century he means. Every few pages he refers to something (e.g., "the Beilis case in Russia, 1911-1913," p. 60) without explaining it, as though it's common knowledge.

As an editor, I would NEVER let a manuscript cross my desk without querying ambiguous phrasing and orphaned references. Whoever worked on this book did a substandard job.

Time after time, when I turn to the index to find out whether I've missed an earlier reference to something the author has just mentioned (e.g., Beilis), it's not even there. It's shocking how many things in the book aren't in the index.

Shame on Scholastic, which owns Franklin Watts, for putting out such a shoddy product.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on April 24, 2006
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Yehuda Bauer is one of the most important historians of the 'Holocaust'. In this work he traces the history of the Jewish people. And he provides background historical explanation on the murder of over one - third of the Jewish people by the Nazis and their assistants. He writes with clarity and deep understanding of the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Krueger on May 12, 2013
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This book documents many of the Pogroms motivated by hatred of the Jews during the 1930-1945 time span. There are many other books on this subject, however this one provides additional new major revisions and new findings have been incorporated containing specifics about the 1935-1940 timeframe, or so I have found it to be. The book provides detailed actions the free countries took to HOPE that the Genocide would go away, but did next to nothing to help by increasing immigration or speak out against the German, Russian and other countries persecution, expulsion or massacre of European Jewry. Yes,once the USA, Canada, Britain , France, etc got involved, we as a collation assisted, but it was late in coming. Every High School, Trade School and College/University student in the Western Hemisphere should read this book. Might not be bad if everyone young/old reflected on what happened, AND COULD HAPPEN AGAIN, to all of us.
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