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by Yehuda Bauer


Rethinking the Holocaust epub

ISBN: 0300093004

ISBN13: 978-0300093001

Author: Yehuda Bauer

Category: History

Subcategory: World

Language: English

Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition (March 1, 2002)

Pages: 352 pages

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Bauer is one of the preeminent holocaust historians and this book will only reenforce his place in historical studies.

Bauer is one of the preeminent holocaust historians and this book will only reenforce his place in historical studies.

Yehuda Bauer (Hebrew: יהודה באואר; born April 6, 1926) is an Israeli historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is a professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As a native citizen of Prague, Czechoslovakia, Bauer was fluent in Czech, Slovak and German at an early age, and later learned Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French and Polish

Rethinking the Holocaust.

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Author: Bauer, Yehuda ISBN 10: 0300093004. Yehuda Bauer offers his own interpretation of why the Holocaust occurred and how another can be prevented

Author: Bauer, Yehuda ISBN 10: 0300093004. Title: Rethinking the Holocaust Item Condition: New. Will be clean, not soiled or stained. Yehuda Bauer offers his own interpretation of why the Holocaust occurred and how another can be prevented. He presents opinions on topics ranging from how Jews reacted to the murderous campaign against them to the relationship between the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel.

Rethinking the Holocaust book. Yehuda Bauer, one of the world’s premier historians of the. 9. The Holocaust in History : Marrus 1988 This is also essential. Was the Holocaust unique? Many these days like to categorise it along with other slaughters (Rwanda, Armenia). But like Marrus I believe it was unique.

Yehuda Bauer Many Jews did read it, and although it is a terrible book against the Jews, it doesn't say they should be killed.

Director of the International Center for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem January 18, 1998, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem Interviewer: Amos Goldberg. The Background to Nazi Antisemitism and the Holocaust. The Holocaust was not a deterministic development; it took place in Germany because of certain developments in German society. These trends were not the norm in German society. Many Jews did read it, and although it is a terrible book against the Jews, it doesn't say they should be killed. In this original and compelling book Bauer considers all the major issues of Holocaust historiography. Everything Bauer touches he illuminates. By (author) Yehuda Bauer. Yehuda Bauer, one of the world's premier historians of the Holocaust, here presents an insightful overview and reconsideration of its history and meaning.

He is the author of many books, including Jews for Sale? published by Yale University Press. Finalist for the 2001-02 National Jewish Book Award given by the Jewish Book Council. In this book I do not memorialize the Holocaust

Rethinking the Holocaust. Published by: Yale University Press. In this book I do not memorialize the Holocaust. I ask questions about what happened and wh. I deal mainly with what happened during the war. But I do hold the view accepted by many colleagues that although the Holocaust itself occurred during the world war, theperiodof the Holocaust stretches from the rise of the Nazi regime in 1933 to the dissolution of the displaced persons (. camps in Central Europe after the war.

Yehuda Bauer, one of the world’s premier historians of the Holocaust, here presents an insightful overview and reconsideration of its history and meaning. Drawing on research he and other historians have done in recent years, he offers fresh opinions on such basic issues as how to define and explain the Holocaust; whether it can be compared with other genocides; how Jews reacted to the murder campaign against them; and what the relationship is between the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel.The Holocaust says something terribly important about humanity, says Bauer. He analyzes explanations of the Holocaust by Zygmunt Bauman, Jeffrey Herf, Goetz Aly, Daniel Goldhagen, John Weiss, and Saul Friedländer and then offers his own interpretation of how the Holocaust could occur. Providing fascinating narratives as examples, he deals with reactions of Jewish men and women during the Holocaust and tells of several attempts at rescue operations. He also explores Jewish theology of the Holocaust, arguing that our view of the Holocaust should not be clouded by mysticism: it was an action by humans against other humans and is therefore an explicable event that we can prevent from recurring.
On principle I do not review books by university colleagues, all the more so when dealing with a subject outside my main territory. Therefore, on the book itself, I limit myself to the assessment that this is one of the most comprehensive and insightful treatments of the Holocaust among those I have read on this subject and on Nazi Germany and its Fuehrer.

This book also serves as a good platform for exploring a fateful subject within my concerns: threats to the future of the human species, including the use of doomsday devices by fanatics. As well stated in the book “The basic issue of Holocaust history is to tell it in such a way as to advance the prospect, dim though it may seem, to prevent genocides, Holocaust-like events in particular.” (p. 112).

As is clear from declarations by Hitler in his bunker before committing suicide (a subject outside the scope of this book), if he had a doomsday device he would have used it, preferring a world without humans over one ruled by his enemies who defeated Germany which showed itself as too weak for its mission as postulated the the Nazi global utopia. His closest followers, such as Goebbels, who killed his children before committing suicide with his wife in Hitler’s bunker, would surely have helped Hitler doing away with the human species – if they had a doomsday device, which luckily they did not have.

But emerging science and technology is likely to provide easily available doomsday tools, such as deadly air-carried viruses mutated in kitchen laboratories. Therefore, even a small sect of fanatics committed to freeing Gaya from nature-devastating humanity and ready to die in order to do so, is likely in the not very distant future to be able to kill of most if not all of humanity.

They do not need, as the Nazis did, devoted elite of a few hundred and many willing cooperators, as were necessary for the Holocaust. Enough one or two dozen true believers including a few bioengineers – and the continuing existence of humanity is in doubt.

Therefore the three commandments which Bauer advised to add to the ten Biblical ones are inadequate. He suggests “Thou shall not be a perpetrator; Thou shall not be a passive victim; and Thou most certainly shall not be a bystander” (p. 67, expanded version in Speech to the German Bundestag, p. 273). There are essential but not sufficient. To protect humanity against annihilation by fanatics three more Commandments must be added: Thou shall strictly control and limit production and diffusion of knowledge and tools enabling mega-killings; Though shall prohibit dissemination of ideologies supporting mass-killings and and all the more so elimination of humanity; and Thou shall treat all who prepare mass-killings and in particular elimination of humanity as “enemies of humanity,” to be globally hunted down and neutralized.

This book provides one of the needed moral and intellectual foundations and empiric bases for such essential measures. Thus it is of even greater importance than intended by the author.

Professor Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof Bauer is a living legend in Israel and one of the most knowledgeable, recognized and respected authorities on Holocaust history. I will read anything and everything he writes. If you are a student or teacher of Holocaust studies, this is a "must read".
This book presents the SHOA - the Holocaust - the genocide of the Jewish people in the Second World War, in a wide perspective of other genocides in the 20th century.
Bauer presents, besides its own ideas, the opinion of some of the most prominent scholars, some of them non Jewish.
He also presents a diversity of subjects and considerations in the research of the SHOA.
Bauer is one of the best. He should get the Nobel instead of cry baby Wiesel
This work is written by one of the major Holocaust historians. In it he summarizes the work of a lifetime. He in this work attempts to understand the unprecedented character of the Holocaust. His conclusions are that the Holocaust is truly unique, distinguished from other genocides in that those involve real disputes, usually by neighbors over land and territory. The Holocaust , the murder of the Jews of Europe, the murder of over one third of the Jews of the world, was unique in that its perpetrators had the goal of eliminating the Jews wherever they were, every place on earth.. A Jew simply by being born was a target of the Nazis.

Bauer points out that there was a strong ideological component in the Shoah, and that the Nazis dream was to create a new order of the world free of Jews, Gypsies, Poles, and a whole variety of others they considered inferior races.

Bauer points out that thre was a strong irrational element in Nazi Ideology. The Jews in Germany had not been enemies of German culture but rather had made most significant contributions to it. The insane hatred of the Nazis for the Jews, their determination to murder all Jews ,was pursued even when it undermined the German war effort.

Bauer provides many stories that point out the enormous cruelty of the Shoah.

In his concluding chapter which is an address he gave to the German Bundestag he speaks forcefully about the importance of education in preventing a similar evil coming to the world.
Rethinking the Holocaust by Yehuda Bauer is an excellent historical review of the various issues that are raised by the Holocaust. Bauer is one of the preeminent holocaust historians and this book will only reenforce his place in historical studies.
The book reviews most of the recent historical issues ranging from the holocausts place in history to a comparison with more recent genocides. The central thesis is that what seperates the holocaust from the more recent genocides is not the necessarily the evil of the act. What has happened in Africa or Bosnia is not less evil or horrible than what the Nazis did. However, the African and Bosnian genocides were more significanly limited in scope. The Nazi plan was to hunt down the Jews where ever they lived and to eliminate them as a race. This desire seperates the holocaust from all other genocides.
The most interesting chapter discuses the theology of the holocaust. The central theological difficulty of the holocaust is how to reconcile an all powerful God with one that is just. The question being how could a just God who had the power to stop the death of millions not stop that murder. One conclusion is that God is all powerful or just, but not both. Bauer does not have any real answers, and there might not be any; however, the discussion is thought provoking and leads to furhter readings. This chapter was worth reading the book.