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The Politics of Genocide: Holocaust in Hungary [Paperback]

Randolph L. Braham
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31 Mar 2000
An abbreviated version of this work first published in 1981, and revised and expanded in 1994. The book explains in a rational and empirical context the historical, political, communal, and socioeconomic factors that contributed to the unfolding of this tragedy.

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  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press; Abridged 2 Revised Ed edition (31 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814326919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814326916
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Randolph L. Braham is distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the City College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, where he serves as a director of the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. He is the author of co-editor of forty-two books, including The Nazis' Last Victims: The Holocaust in Hungary (Wayne State University Press, 1998). His two-volume The Politics of Genocide: The Holocaust in Hungary (Columbia University Press, 1981) was selected for the National Jewish Book Award in 1981.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 6 July 2013
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One of the best and most detailed accounts - although from personal experience and knowledge of the events I know that some of the numbers are incorrect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars happy with the book 23 Feb 2013
By callan
theres nothing to dislike about this book, it was amazing in helping me with my dissertation on the hungarian holocaust, learnt so much and it came quickly :P thankyou
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5.0 out of 5 stars As thorough a documentation as possible 13 Oct 2010
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Professor Braham's dissection of the Hungarian phase of the Holocaust is masterful in scope and depth, even in the condensed version. The tragedy of Hungary's Jews is perhaps the most poignant of all, in that the community ran the emotional extremes from complacency to terror, euphoria to despair, in such a compressed time.

Also telling is the attitude of the non-Jewish majority. For every Nazi collaborator eagerly assisting the roundups, deportations, or worse, there was another Hungarian doing what s/he could to resist it, although few engaged in the kind of active resistance that could have stymied the Germans or rescued Jews or overthrown the Horthy regime. The Admiral himself is a fit symbol of the country's and its majority's moral legacy: while opposing the deportations once it became incontestible what the Germans really meant by "resettlement," his reactionary prejudices still encouraged and enabled Nazi plans until it was too late to stop them.

The author skirts the delicate issue of collaboration on the part of local, regional, and especially the national Jewish Councils. He hesitates to say so, but it is obvious that the aristocratic leadership of the Hungarian Jewish community felt little regard for the "common Jews" of the community, especially its "foreign element." Like true aristocrats they identified the community with their own persona and willingly sacrificed its "common members" to buy time, believing that by saving themselves they were thereby "saving Jewry." The opportunism is all the more uglier in its exploitation by Eichmann, giving the Council its crucial role in pacifying and deceiving the Hungarian Jewish community into cooperation up to boarding the very trains for Auschwitz.

One of the best local surveys of the Holocaust, and likely the best ever to be written on Hungary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compensation for Hungarian Holocaust Survivors 10 Aug 2001
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This book has proven extraordinarily useful in documenting the experiences of Hungarian Holocaust survivors for the purposes of restitution claims. Hungarian Holocaust survivors are routinely caught in a restitution Catch-22: how long were you persecuted by the Hungarians versus how long were you persecuted by the Germans and who's responsible? Usually, these survivors fall between the historical cracks. Without books like this one, wherein extensive research has been done on this particular point of Holocaust history, not ALL of these survivors are falling through the cracks. On behalf of my clients, the survivors, I thank the author wholeheartedly for this extraordinary resource.
5.0 out of 5 stars Braham did us all a service, preserving important memories. 15 Dec 2013
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Braham's condensed edition of such an important history will last generations. As the last of the survivors are in their 80s and 90s, his work is all the more important.
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