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The Destruction of the European Jews (Student One Volume Edition) Paperback – September 1, 1985
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No single book has contributed more ... to an understanding of Nazi genocide.... This is one of the great historical works of our time. --Times Literary Supplement
The standard text in its field ... [by] the preeminent scholar of the Holocaust. --New York Times Book Review
[This study] ... is distinguished by its scholarly underpinning and overpowering logic. --Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
The late Raul Hilberg was John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont.
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This book answers any question you could ever have about WWII and the Holocaust. From the organizational charts to the narrative and the footnotes, everything is cleanly laid out and explored.
Kershaw, Gellately, Wyman, Friedlander and Browning are excellent resources. Hilberg is an amazingly complete and fantastic resource.
My only suggestion is to read both volumes of Victor Klemperer's, I Will Bear Witness, (sorry, the review doesn't allow for underlining), while you are reading Hilberg's Volumes I and II. It's a great way to see the day-to-day real time results of what Hilberg discusses in both volumes.
Uno problemo: The last 27 pages of my Volume II are missing. Twenty-seven pages in Hilberg-land can contain an encyclopedic amount of information. I may never know the exact details and processes of how what finally happened to the Hungarian Jews (the end of Hilberg's semicircular arc) finally happened to them.
Yale U. Press is investigating whether this is just a problem with my Volume II, or a problem with the whole run.
Readers who like emotion and drama served up with their Holocaust history will probably want to look elsewhere. There are plenty of other books that provide that.
But if you want nitty gritty facts and figures on every aspect of the Holocaust, this is a book for you. Raul Hilberg has done an amazing job of consolidating and synthesizing various sources of information to help us understand the process of the Jewish destruction. Raul Hilberg was the first scholar to tackle this subject in depth and this work still stands today as THE standard work. Although it was last updated in 1985 and new documents that had been languishing in archives in former Warsaw Pact countries have become available following the fall of the Soviet Union, the conclusions Raul Hilberg drew in this third edition still stand.
One aspect of the Holocaust that could use some improvement is that Hilberg sees the Holocaust as an almost inevitable final stage to a thousand years of European antisemitism. He suggests that the Jewish suffering in the diaspora is qualitatively different than the suffering that every minority group has experienced when living among a stronger majority. In the process, he reinforces the long discredited canard that there was, is, and always will be some sort of Christian conspiracy to kill all the Jews. This belief is by no means unique to Hilberg and it doesn't detract from the value of the rest of his work.
This is a book that most people will never read more than once but will refer to over and over again. If you're a person who would say 'holocaust studies' when asked about your hobbies or interests, this is a book you should own. If you say you're a 'holocaust scholar' and you don't own this book, you better hope your mother never finds out.