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What Led To The Holocaust

The Lead-Up

Browning, Christopher R. The Path to Genocide: Essays on Launching the Final Solution. Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd); 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-521558-78-6.
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Friedlander, Henry. The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Enthanasia to the Final Solution. University of North Carolina Press; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-807846-75-9.
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Katz, Jacob. Out of the Ghetto: The Social Background of Jewish Emancipation, 1770-1870 (Modern Jewish History). Schocken Press, New York. 1978. Syracuse Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-815605-32-3.
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Lindemann, Albert S. Anti-Semitism Before the Holocaust. Addison-Wesley Pub Co; 2000. Textbook binding. ISBN 0-582369-64-9.
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Mosse, George. Toward The Final Solution: A History of European Racism. Colophon Books. 1980. Howard Fertig; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-865274-28-2.
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Parkes, James. The Conflict of the Church and the Synagogue: A Study in the Origins of Antisemitism. Hermon Press, New York. 1974. Out of Print. [Reprint of the 1934 Edition by Soncino Press, London]

Schleunes, Karl A. The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy Toward German Jews, 1933-39. Univ of Illinois Pr; 1990. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-252061-47-0.
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Weiss, John. Ideology of Death: Why the Holocaust Happened in Germany. Ivan R Dee, Inc; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 1-566631-74-2.
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The Holocaust

Altshuler, David A.; Dawidowicz, Lucy S. (ed). Hitler's War Against the Jews : A Young Reader's Version of the War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, by Lucy S. Dawidowicz. Middle-school readers. Behrman House; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-874412-22-6.
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Berenbaum, Michael. The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust As Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Little Brown & Co (Pap); 1993. Paperback. ISBN 0-316091-34-0. [The history of the Shoah (Holocaust) as told in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by the head of its research component]
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Berenbaum, Michael (ed). Witness to the Holocaust. Harpercollins; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-062701-08-8.
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Dawidowicz, Lucy S. The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945. JPS, Philadelphia. 1975. Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub; 1991. Paperback. ISBN 0-553345-32-X.
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Dawidowicz, Lucy (ed). A Holocaust Reader. Behrman House; 1976. Paperback. ISBN 0-874412-36-6.
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Eliach, Yaffa. There Once Was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok. Little Brown & Company; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-316232-52-1.
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Gilbert. Martin. The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War. Henry Holt; 1987. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-805003-48-7.
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Gilbert, Martin. Atlas of the Holocaust. William Morrow & Co; 1993. Hardcover. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-688123-64-3.
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Gilbert, Martin. Holocaust Journey. Columbia Univ Pr; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-231109-65-2.
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Gilbert, Martin. Never Again: The History of the Holocaust. Universe Pub; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-789304-09-0.
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Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah. Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. Vintage Books; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-679772-68-5. [This in-depth study of ordinary Germans who followed leaders' demands to the point of becoming willing participants in executions and torture provides yet another side of the Holocaust picture, criticizing long-established answers to questions and providing a new exploration of those who carried out the Holocaust.]
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Herbert, Pundik. In Denmark It Could Not Happen: The Flight of the Jews to Sweden in 1943. Gefen Books; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 9-652291-76-5.
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Hilberg, Raul. The Destruction of the European Jews: Revised and Definitive Edition. Holmes and Meier. 1985. Paperback. ISBN 0-841909-10-5. [3 volumes; "magisterial"; "unequaled insight into how the Holocaust was perpetrated" -- Michael Berenbaum (director of the research component of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)]
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Hilberg, Raul. Perpetrators Victims Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe 1933-1945. Harperperennial Library; 1993. Paperback. ISBN 0-060995-07-6.
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Kahil, Leni. The Holocaust. Oxford. 1991. ["comprehensive and insightful" -- Michael Berenbaum (director of the research component of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)]

Keneally, Thomas. Schindler's List. Touchstone Books; 1993. Paperback. ISBN 0-671880-31-4.
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Lehrer, Steven. Wannsee House and the Holocaust. McFarland & Company; 2000. Library Binding. ISBN 0-786407-92-1. [At the Wannsee Conference (held at the Wannsee House), January 20, 1942, Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the Reich Security Service, officially announced the Nazi party's pursuit of Hitler's infamous "final solution." This book traces the history from 1914-the year that saw the foundations laid for both the house and the Holocaust-to the present.]
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Levi, Primo; Woolf, Stuart (trans). Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity. Collier Books; 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-684826-80-1.
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Wiesel, Elie; Rodway, Stella (trans); Mauriac Francois. Night. Bantam Books; 1982. Paperback. Reissue edition. ISBN 0-553272-53-5.
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America and the Holocaust

Feingold, Henry. The Politics of Rescue: The Roosevelt Administration and the Holocaust. Rutgers Press. 1970. ISBN 0-805250-19-0. Out of print.

Lipstadt, Deborah E. Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-1945. Free Press; 1993. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-029191-61-0.
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Morse, Arthur D. While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy. Overlook Press; 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-879518-36-7.
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Wyman, David S. The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945. New Press; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 1-565844-15-7.
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Coping with the Aftermath

Feld, Edward. The Spirit of Renewal: Finding Faith After the Holocaust. Jewish Lights Pub; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-40-0.
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Katz, Steven T. Post-Holocaust Dialogues: Critical Studies in Modern Jewish Thought. New York Univ Pr; 1985. Paperback. ISBN 0-814745-87-3. [This book attempts a reconstruction of modern Jewish philosophy into a more compelling and tightly composed account of Jewish thought. The main concern is religious responses to the Holocaust by Eliezer Berkovits, Richard Rubenstein, Emil Fackenheim, and Ignaz Maybaum.]
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Katz, Steven T. Historicism, the Holocaust, and Zionism: Critical Studies in Modern Jewish Thought and History. New York Univ Pr; 1991. Hardcover. ISBN 0-814746-16-0. [This book offers a critical exploration of several of the most important topics in modern Jewish thought. Besides containing papers on Franz Rosenzweig and Abraham Joshua Heschel, Katz discusses the role of racial antisemtism in Germany after WWI; outlines and analyzes the issues of comparing the Holocaust to other historical events, such as the mass witch burnings of the middle ages, black slavery, the decimation of North American Indians, the Nazi assaults on Gypsies and homosexuals, and Polish and Ukranian losses during WWII.]
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Kushner, Harold S. When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Avon; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-380603-92-6.
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Rosenberg, Bernhard H.; Heuman, Fred (ed). Theological and Halakhic Reflections on the Holocaust. Ktav; 1992. May be out of print. ISBN 0-881253-75-8. [This collection of articles represents in great measure the thological response of centrist Orthodoxy a generation after, and represents a rejection of 'God's judgement theory'. It contains a wealth of material, some of them classic pieces long unavailable and many written for this volume by distinguished Orthodox thinkers. Contributors include Rabbis Joseph Soloveitchik, Norman Lamm, Emanuel Rackman, Haskel Lookstein, Reuven Bulka, Eliezer Berkovits, and more.]
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Roth, John K. (ed); Berenbaum, Michael (ed). Holocaust: Religious and Philosophical Implications. Paragon House; 1989. Paperback. ISBN 1-557782-12-1.
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Wiesenthal, Simon; Cargas, Harry James (ed); Fetterman, Bonny V. (ed). The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. Schocken Books; 1998. Paperback. Expanded edition. ISBN 0-805210-60-1. [Based on his experiences as a concentration camp prisoner brought before a dying Nazi soldier who asked for his forgiveness, The Sunflower is a collection of essays in which a host of intellectuals considers the question: Can evil be forgiven?]
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There is also an excellent bibliography of Holocaust resources in The Third Jewish Catalog

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