Robert Wistrich is a highly distinguished scholar of Jewish history - the author of books on Dreyfus and on the history of anti-Semitism, among other subjects. In The Holocaust he has written a lucid, relatively short account of the Nazis' attempt to exterminate Europe's Jews. At the same time he has managed to tellingly factor in the currents of other anti-Semitisms which made the Nazis' sinister project possible - and focuses tellingly, too, on the actual collaborations which enabled it to take place. Though arguing for the uniqueness of the Holocaust, one of the book's virtues is that it is open at both ends - aware both of its origins and of how subsequent genocides remain a potential in human history. It reads like the product of a lifetime spent digesting the evidence and thinking about the significance of its subject. It's both an ideal single volume 'summary' and an original addition to its field.
A superb short historical analysis of the Holocaust, by one of the world¿s leading authorities on the subject.