Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago



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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Holocaust is far to vast of a subject to cover without a specific question to go on or point of interest your wondering about. Since the Holocaust (the term used to describe the systematic murder of races considered undesirable by the Third Reich- with it's focus on the Jewish population in Europe) is much more. In order to attempt to understand the Holocaust one must dig into Europe's (especially Germany's) politics, economics and racial ideology since the turn of the century.

    There are some really great scholars and authors on this subject and I would recommend doing some reading so you can come to understand the events in your own way. Unfortunately, people have become increasingly apathetic to the atrocities that occurred, in part because it is now such a widely discussed topic and is taught from a much earlier age in grade schools. I am going to list so really good books to check out. that really give a good overall picture, and are a mix of both the German experience and the Victem. Its great that you want to learn as much as you can-- but it just cant really be done on Yahoo Answers and it will mean more to you if you take the time to research it on your own.

    These are popular books that I have seen used to begin teaching about the Holocaust

    David Altshuler and Lucy Dawidowicz, Hitler's War Against the Jews is clearly written and illustrated with a wide variety of interesting photographs. It is written in a deceptively simple, straightforward style, but it is actually very opinionated. It presents what scholars refer to as the "intentionalist" view, the idea that Hitler had a detailed planned for killing all the Jews of Europe, a plan which he announced in Mein Kampf and carried out with remarkable determination and consistency.

    Michael Marrus, The Holocaust in History covers almost every important aspect of the history of the Holocaust. Organized topically and historiographically, it tries to present all sides of the arguments over each major issue. Because it contains lengthy summaries of the interpretations of different historians, it is often densely packed with ideas and information. Although it is very insightful and very informative, Marrus's book is NOT an easy read.

    Elie Wiesel, Night is a classic memoir, a first person account written by a well known survivor. Wiesel writes in an engaging manner. His sentences are short and to the point. He tells a very moving story that can be easily understood by any student interested in learning about what it was like to be imprisoned in a concentration camp and survive one of the death marches as well.

    Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz can best be described as an eloquently written memoir by another survivor of Auschwitz. Like Wiesel, Levi's writing is clear and to the point. More philosophical than emotional, Levi explains the Nazis' efforts to dehumanize their prisoners and the prisoners' efforts to resist dehumanization. Levi's reflections are powerful and profound, but his frequent use of French and German phrases, which he usually does not translate, can leave gaps in the reader's understanding.

    Art Spiegelman's Maus was written from the point of view of the son of a survivor, it illustrates the impact of the Holocaust on the children of survivors while providing yet another perspective on such important topics as ghettos in Poland, the Jewish police, the actions of ordinary Poles in hiding and betraying Jews and life in a concentration camp. Its presentation in the form of a comic book makes the story easier to grasp and less depressing, but it tells a basically true story and should be taken and studied seriously.

    Carl Friedman's Nightfather, like Maus imaginatively recreates the experiences of the daughter of a survivor. Creatively narrated from the naive perspective of an eight-year-old, Nightfather helps the reader understand what it feels like to grow up in the constant shadow of the Holocaust. Short, absorbing and easy reading, this book is also disjointed and must be carefully pondered and discussed to be fully appreciated.

    I would also look into books such as Perpatrators, Victems and Bystanders for a look at the discussion of responsiblily for the crimes agains humanity or a book Like "Child of Hitler; Germany in the Days When God was a Swastika" by Alfons Heck who wrote a memior about his experience as a Hitler Youth member

    Source(s): Sorry I didnt directly answer your question
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Do your own independent study and see for yourself,don´t listen to any propaganda,study real facts not what they want you to think without a doubt..

    Read ,study and interprete different biobliography consider reading unbiased non jewish chronicles and historical references and verifiable documents.Don´t just listen to only one side of this story.

    Source(s): 50 yrs of world propaganda.
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