A book that will likely be required reading in college-level courses for years to come. . . . A detailed overview of the Holocaust.
(History In Review
A meticulous, sensitive account of the Nazi race wars that combines a powerful narrative and explanatory drive at the same time as it illuminates individual lives and fates with searing precision. While giving full weight to the antisemitic core of Nazi racism, Bergen also shows why it claimed so many other groups of victims, and pursues it to its appalling climax in the wars of imperialist conquest and exploitation launched in 1939. This is a distinctive and remarkable achievement, as assured as it is readable. (Jane Caplan, University of Oxford)
This precise textbook accomplishes much: it provides a wide-angle view of what the Holocaust was and is in clear historiographical terms, challenges students to think through facts and interpretations surrounding the historical study of the Holocaust, and complements—and is short enough to allow the inclusion of—primary sources in a course. I will use it as long as I can. (Jeanne Grant, Metropolitan State University)
About the Author
Doris L. Bergen
is Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto.