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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753801426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753801420
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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A magisterial history of the Jews in Nazi Germany and the regime's policies towards them in the years prior to World War II and the Holocaust. Written by arguably the world's leading scholar on the subject.

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Saul Friedlander was born in Prague in 1932. He fled to France where he survived the war in hiding. He arrived in Israel in 1948 and took part in the Israeli War of Independence. Since 1987 he was been Professor of Holocaust Studies at UCLA. In 2008 he was awarded the general non-fiction Pulitzer prize for his book THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945. He lives in Los Angeles.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 1997
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The history of Nazi Germany and the Jews has never been told before in such a convincing fashion. Friedlander's knowledge of West European history and culture is second to none, a fact which enabled him to write, for the first time, a "total" history of the crucial, but often neglected years prior to the War. Like a master artist, the author weaves the history with the memories, the voices of the victims with those of the perpetrators, the every day lived experiences with high politics. While rich in telling details, Friedlander makes sure that we never lose sight of the larger picture; of the abnormality in the midst of seemingly normal existence.

Professor Friedlander's interpretation of Nazism is highly nuanced and therefore convincing. He sucessfully avoids two common pitfalls: to write this history "backward" and construct its narrative in "black and white." His life-long dedication not only to the study of Nazism, but also to the problems of its historical represntation are clearly obvious in the innovative manner with which he approaches the subject. In his distinctively understated style he is both highly evocative and extremely analytical.

With the second volume, which is due to follow, we will have gained a comprehensive understanding of Nazi Germany and the fate of the European Jews, written by a historian, who is a thinker, who is a master story teller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By deborah emerson on 24 Aug. 2013
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Brilliant book from a historical point of view, very detailed and kept me hooked till the end. Very upsetting period of history
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dobester on 28 Nov. 2003
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Saul Friedlander documents the tragic loss of moral courage and responsibility among the vast majority of Germans some seventy years ago, and how this loss allowed the growing oppression and persecution of their fellow citizens, the Jews. While so-called revisionists and Holocaust deniers focus on the still barely-imaginable campaign of murder carried out by the Germans and their willing helpers from the Baltic to the Balkans, Saul Friedlander's account is of the mounting radicalisation of anti-Jewish policies and public indifference to the Jews' fate. The text is deeply depressing, but is essential reading for anyone who is trying to come to terms with the crimes of the Holocaust itself. Holocaust deniers use the "holes" in accounts of the Holocaust to support their shoddy, deranged arguments. A reading of this book provides massive, incontrovertible evidence of the Nazis' murderous hatred for the Jews and the policies they used to deny them any kind of life in Germany before the war. An unforgettable voyage into a time of mass moral insanity
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing Study Of Nazi Persecution of Jews 1933-1939 3 July 2000
By Barron Laycock - Published on
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This first in a two volume work by acclaimed historian is a remarkably objective, comprehensive and scrupulously scholarly work and represents a very critical contribution to historians' efforts to comprehend just how and why one of the most civilized and sophisticated countries in Europe descended into the systematic attempt to exterminate the Jews. The book proceeds along a chronological axis in recounting the slow but inexorably tightening of restrictions on the Jewish population within Germany during the years of the mid to late 1930s.

While centering his account of what went wrong in Nazi Germany during the pre-war years, he also humanizes his narrative considerably by interspersing individual accounts of people caught confused and unaware of what was really occurring in the crucible of cultural change. As substantiated in other recent accounts such as Victor Klemperer's "I Shall Bear Witness", Jews were very slow to recognize just how malevolent and serious the national Socialists were about ridding Germany of its Jewish population and also nationalizing and "Aryanizing" their resources and assets.

It is important to note that the author does not overlay any overall interpretive spin of his own, intent more on presenting the best evidence of what was going on than in coming to any premature general interpretation of what the mass of evidence in total might mean. This is not to suggest he offers no interpretation; on the contrary, he offers a series of brilliant insights in various aspects of the evidence. But unlike other recent authors like Goldhagen, he makes no sweeping interpretative conclusions based on all of the evidence he presents. Also, one must remember that this is the first of two volumes, and one would expect that he intends to fully conclude his systematic and chronological presentation of all of the available evidence before engaging in that sort of interpretative analysis.

In sum, I find this work to be an excellent book that is engaging, well-written and argued, and a joy to read despite its tragic and dispiriting subject matter, and a book that offers an amazing look at a wide variety of different perspectives and social situations within the Third Reich as it descended into the abyss. After finishing this volume I immediately ordered the second volume, which is slated for formal publication release later this year. This is a work that belongs on the bookshelf of any serious student of the Holocaust.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Thorough, authoritative .. a must read 17 Feb. 2000
By Eric W. Macaux - Published on
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This book presents one of the most balanced, comprehensive, and authoritative analyses of the pre-war Nazi era I have read. As usual, Friedlander avoids the pitfalls of either a purely intentionalist or functionalist position and chooses to present the reader with something in between. This book is a must read for anybody seriously interested in understanding Nazi policy and ideology vis-a-vis German Jewry.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, informative, absorbing, and different. 1 Mar. 1998
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Perhaps the enduring value of Friedlander's book is its focus on the sociology of the holocaust and its origins in the corruption of social institutions, which provides a lesson--and a warning--for all seemingly stable, civilized societies. This, after all, should be the "message" of the holocaust for non-Jews, as much as for Jews. The information in this book, weaving together facts and figures with the occasional poignant human interest story to illustrate a point, is quite different from the standard holocaust historical writing of who did what to whom, when and how, and is therefore a quantum leap in our understanding of the phenomenon which shall nevertheless forever remain ultimately incomprehensible. While I appreciate the comment of the reviewer who found the language tough going, sometimes, that reader might find, it is worth the rough going. Unfortunately, they will only find that out when they have finished, and are able to look back on the voyage of discovery which they have completed. This book is such a voyage. Personally, I look forward with much anticipation to the second volume. --Irving Wiesen.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Nazi Germany and the Jews by Holocaust Survivor Friedlander is an essential history of a horrific period in History 24 Jun. 2008
By C. M Mills - Published on
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Nazi Germany and the Jews is part one of the two set history of the Nazi reign of terror from Hitler's ascent to the chancellorship of Germany on January 30, 1933 to the regime's collapse in 1945. Volume I focuses on the years of persecution of the Jews from 1933 to the outbreak of World War II in the autumn of 1939. As the infamous Goering said, "I would not want to be a Jew in Germany".
Friedlander was born as a Jew in Prague, lived in occupied France during World War II and now teaches in Tel Aviv and UCLA. His book is a blunt, basic and brutal evocation of what it was like to be a Jewish individual in the Dantean hell of Hitler's unspeakably cruel Third Reich.
In plain language we see how the Nazis used German law to dispossess the Jews of their professions, homes, possessions and lives. We have explained the Nuremburg Laws of 1935 which gave definition to who is a Jew. It was horrible for this reader to witness the Crystal Night destruction of almost 300 synagogues and nearly 100 murders of Jews on the night of November 9-10, 1938. We see how concentration camps were set up administered by cold killer Himmler and his murderous SS thugs.
Friedlander posits that Adolf Hitler believed Jews to be behind the World Communist movement. It was Judaism and Communism he wanted to eradicate from the face of the earth. While most people turned their faces away from the horrors the Jews disappeared from German life. Goebbels and Nazi propoganda portrayed Jews as vermin which needed destruction if the Aryan German blood and folk were to be preserved.
As volume one ends the war has begun. Volume II covers the war years and the concentration camps where over six million Jews and other captive people would be murdered.
This book is written in a scholarly but understandable style for the general reader. It is one of the essential books you should read to inform yourself of a tragic time.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great Work from A Great Historian 10 Mar. 2004
By James C. - Published on
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I've taken several seminars at UCLA with Saul Friedlander, and to say that he is an objective and very insightful historian is an understatement. This book is terrific and deserves all the critical praise that it has received. Even if you are just curious about the Holocaust, or you are a serious historian of the time period, you should definitely pick this book up.
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