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How Did It Happen?

How Did It Happen?

Understanding the Holocaust

by Christoph Dieckmann and Ruta Vanagaite
Paperback
Publication Date: 15/11/2023

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In this compelling book, Lithuanian author Ruta Vanagaite holds an extended conversation with noted historian Christoph Dieckmann. His exploration of the causes and consequences of the

Holocaust in Lithuania provides the first overview for general readers that considers the perspectives of all the central groups involved--Jews, Lithuanians, and Germans. Drawing on a rich array of sources in all the key languages--Yiddish, Ivrit, Lithuanian, and German--Dieckmann considers not only the Berlin-based orientation of the German perpetrators but also the space where the Shoah took place--Lithuanian society with its Jewish minority under German occupation. He contends that this "space" of mass crimes is always linked with warfare and occupation. The Holocaust was unprecedented, but he makes a powerful case it cannot be isolated from the other mass crimes that took place at the same time in the same space against thousands of Soviet prisoners of war and forced refugees from the Soviet territories.

Dieckmann shows that the Holocaust could not have unfolded throughout German-dominated Europe without the conditional cooperation of non-Germans in each occupied country. Existing antisemitism was radicalized from the 1930s onward, turning Jews, under the enormous stress of unrelenting warfare and often instable conditions of occupation, into what were perceived as deadly enemies. The Holocaust, its history and memory, can only be understood through this broader context. The authors' searching exchanges illuminate the most profound questions we have as we struggle to understand the Holocaust.

ISBN:
9781538189283
9781538189283
Category:
Jewish studies
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
15-11-2023
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
231.65x151.64x21.59mm
Weight:
0kg

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