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Nazi Germany And the Jews: The Years Of Extermination: 1939-1945: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945: v. 2 Hardcover – 16 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (16 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297818775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297818779
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 7.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a hideous history described with a blend of exemplary scholarship, spiritual detachment and intellectual humility that deserves the very widest readership.¿ (Richard Overy DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Friedlander is a world authority on the holocaust but he is also a survivor...his intellectual discipline may be that of the historian but his writing is animated by the passion of memory that only his generation can fully express. (OBSERVER)

No one seriously interested in European history in the 20th century can escape reading this book. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

By the end we understand the events better than any previous historian has managed to explain it, while still feeling bewildered, belittled, and incredulous that it happened, let alone that it happened to him. (David Cesarani LITERARY REVIEW)

One of the many merits of Saul Friedlander's massive study of the years 1939 to 1945 is that it is as much about method as about content. (Peter Pulzer TLS)

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The second and concluding volume of the definitive two-volume account of the Holocaust

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Levy on 20 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
This remarkable book is by far the best history of the Holocaust available. Most books on the Holocaust either concentrate on the Nazis and how their policy developed (see Christopher Browning or Ian Kershaw, for example) or they mainly look at Jewish experiences (as in Martin Gilbert's standard history). Friedlander is almost unique in integrating these two sides of the story. He also shows intelligent judgements, especially about the role of anti-Semitism, and clear but properly restrained moral passion. This will be the classic history of the Holocaust for years to come.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 July 2010
Format: Paperback
It's difficult to imagine that Professor Friedländer's detailed account of the greatest crime in history will ever be surpassed. He combines great detail with a storyteller's talent, such that what could so easily have become a very long recitation of facts is a continuous, cohesive, fluid account, no mean achievement. His command of many different primary source materials and his fusion of these are most impressive. Interwoven into the straight historical narrative are diary entries of people of all ages and walks of life, many of whom did not survive. These voices from beyond the grave add a poignancy to the story and a reminder that this was the murder not of a race but of six million individuals, each with his or her own individual spark, his or her own potential contribution, great or small, to humankind. These accentuate the sheer unadulterated monstrousness of what the Nazis did.

The story follows on from his first volume of the story ("The years of persecution"), and shows that the road from the Kristallnacht to the gas chamber was gradual and taken in small steps. There was never a specific decision where someone said, "Let's do in the whole lot", but rather a gradual outworking of a philosophy that decreed that Europe had to be "Judenfrei". The only question was how exactly to achieve the desired "Judenfrei" state. Initially, the idea was to export them to somewhere. However, with all possible exits cut off and the General Government (the "Polish" part of German-occupied Poland) bursting at the seams with Jews forcibly evacuated there, the unthinkable became fact and the dreadful machinery of extermination came into being.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Way on 25 Nov. 2007
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You may be put off by the length of this book, however there are over 200 pages of notes and sources. The most comprehensive book I have read on the expulsion of Jews from German occupied territories and their allies. I say German rather than Nazi because this dispels the myth that the ordinary German did not participate or know about the actions leading up to and during the Final Solution. In many countries during this period the Germans provided the atmosphere for these countries to indulge their age old anti-Semitism with a vengeance. Few countries come out with any credit and many saw as it as a way to remove the so called 'influence' and 'corruption' of the Jew within their societies. Much of the book is made up of diaries, logs and records of the Jewish experience during these dreadful times, from day to day life in the ghettos, living in an increasingly marginalised world and of course the labour and death camps. The most heartbreaking entries are from young children and teenagers who attempted to cling onto to hope and their dreams of the future peaceful world. This major work is written in a style that informs and draws you in without burying you in technically dense detail. I highly recommend this book to both those who have a standing interest in the subject matter and the casual reader who wants to get a European wide understanding of this time rather than location specific information.
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