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Remembering the Holocaust

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we would like to present a list of new and recent titles as well as related journal articles. See the 2020 History catalog for a full preview of our History books.

Forthcoming in Paperback March 2020

A penetrating account of a man whose paradoxical embodiment of asceticism, celebrity, tradition, and self-reinvention drew together the complex strands of twentieth-century intellectual life

An Emblematic 20th-Century Life
Timothy Pytell
Vol. 23, Making Sense of History

“As an introduction to Frankl’s ideas and their relationship to broader mid-twentieth-century intellectual currents, Pytell’s biography is an important contribution to the literature on Frankl and the contorted circumstances of his life.” • American Historical Review

First published in 1946, Viktor Frankl’s memoir Man’s Search for Meaning remains one of the most influential books of the last century, selling over ten million copies worldwide and having been embraced by successive generations of readers captivated by its author’s philosophical journey in the wake of the Holocaust. This long-overdue reappraisal examines Frankl’s life and intellectual evolution anew, from his early immersion in Freudian and Adlerian theory to his development of the “third Viennese school” amid the National Socialist domination of professional psychotherapy. It teases out the fascinating contradictions and ambiguities surrounding his years in Nazi Europe, including the experimental medical procedures he oversaw in occupied Austria and a stopover at the Auschwitz concentration camp far briefer than has commonly been assumed.

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Provides vivid descriptions of daily life in the camp and recounts in details the miraculous escape and the escapees’ subsequent struggle to convince the unbelieving world of the happenings in Auschwitz-Birkenau

The True Story of the Auschwitz Protocol
Alfred Wetzler
Translated by Ewald Osers
Edited by Peter Varnai
Foreword by Sir Martin Gilbert
Introduction by Robert Rozett

Together with another young Slovak Jew, both of them deported in 1942, the author succeeded in escaping from the notorious death camp in the spring of 1944. There were some very few successful escapes from Auschwitz during the war, but it was these two who smuggled out the damning evidence – a ground plan of the camp, constructional details of the gas chambers and crematoriums and, most convincingly, a label from a canister of Cyclone gas. The present book is cast in the form of a novel to allow factual information not personally collected by the two fugitives, but provided for them by a handful of reliable friends, to be included. Nothing, however, has been invented. It is a shocking account of Nazi genocide and of the inhuman conditions in the camp, but equally shocking is the initial disbelief the fugitive’s revelations met with after their return.

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The extraordinary story of Jewish refugees who overcame persecution and sought safety in the Caribbean

The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933–1945
Joanna Newman

In the years leading up to the Second World War, increasingly desperate European Jews looked to far-flung destinations such as Barbados, Trinidad, and Jamaica in search of refuge from the horrors of Hitler’s Europe. Nearly the New World tells the extraordinary story of Jewish refugees who overcame persecution and sought safety in the West Indies from the 1930s through the end of the war. At the same time, it gives an unsparing account of the xenophobia and bureaucratic infighting that nearly prevented their rescue—and that helped to seal the fate of countless other European Jews for whom escape was never an option.

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Celebrating the life and scholarship of Raul Hilberg, author of The Destruction of the European Jews

Selected Works from a Life of Scholarship
Raul Hilberg
Edited by Walter H. Pehle and René Schlott

“[Hilberg was] undoubtedly the most important pioneer in the field of perpetrator research, all of whose topics and controversies he anticipated in their essence.” • H-Soz-Kult

Though best known as the author of the landmark 1961 work The Destruction of the European Jews, the historian Raul Hilberg produced a variety of archival research, personal essays, and other works over a career that spanned half a century. The Anatomy of the Holocaust collects some of Hilberg’s most essential and groundbreaking writings—many of them published in obscure journals or otherwise inaccessible to nonspecialists—in a single volume. Supplemented with commentary and notes from Hilberg’s longtime German editor and his biographer, it not only offers a multifaceted look at the man and the scholar, but also traces the evolution of Holocaust research from a marginal subdiscipline into a diverse and vital intellectual project.

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The Reichsbahn, Bureaucracy, and the Final Solution
Christopher R. Browning, Peter Hayes and Raul Hilberg
Published in Association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“This important book unites three prominent scholars tackling crucial questions about German railways and the Holocaust. Two essays from the late, renowned Raul Hilberg investigate their overlooked role in the extermination of the European Jews. They provide groundbreaking investigations into the German railway as the prototype of a bureaucracy and challenge its supposed banality. While Christopher Browning eloquently situates Hilberg’s essays within the historical literature, Peter Hayes makes a detailed critique of the common but false belief that the deportation and annihilation of the Jews were more of a priority for the Nazis than the war effort. This question, arising from Hilberg’s essays, demonstrates the continued significance of his work today.” • Wolf Gruner, author, The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia

Renowned Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg considered the German railway system that delivered European Jews to ghettos and death camps in Eastern Europe to be not only an essential component of the “machinery of destruction” but also emblematic of the amoral bureaucracy that helped to implement the Jewish genocide. German Railroads, Jewish Souls centers around Hilberg’s seminal essay of the same name, a landmark study of German railways in the Nazi era long unavailable in English. Supplemented with additional writings from Hilberg, primary source materials, and historical commentary from leading scholars Christopher Browning and Peter Hayes, this is a rich and accessible introduction to a topic in Holocaust history that remains understudied even today.

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Opens up a wide new range of sources and closes a gap in Holocaust scholarship

Czech Initiatives, German Policies, Jewish Responses
Wolf Gruner
Translated from the German by Alex Skinner
Vol. 28, War and Genocide



“Whoever is working on the National Socialist persecution of the Jews won’t be able to ignore Wolf Gruner’s work.” • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Prior to Hitler’s occupation, nearly 120,000 Jews inhabited the areas that would become the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia; by 1945, all but a handful had either escaped or been deported and murdered by the Nazis. This pioneering study gives a definitive account of the Holocaust as it was carried out in the region, detailing the German and Czech policies, including previously overlooked measures such as small-town ghettoization and forced labor, that shaped Jewish life. Drawing on extensive new evidence, Wolf Gruner demonstrates how the persecution of the Jews as well as their reactions and resistance efforts were the result of complex actions by German authorities in Prague and Berlin as well as the Czech government and local authorities.

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A remarkable, collective account of a daring form of resistance

The History of Jews Who Fled Nazi Deportation Trains in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands
Tanja von Fransecky
Translated from German by Benjamin Liebelt


Of the countless stories of resistance, ingenuity, and personal risk to emerge in the years following the Holocaust, among the most remarkable, yet largely overlooked, are those of the hundreds of Jewish deportees who escaped from moving trains bound for the extermination camps. In France, Belgium, and the Netherlands alone over 750 men, women and children undertook such dramatic escape attempts, despite the extraordinary uncertainty and physical danger they often faced. Drawing upon extensive interviews and a wealth of new historical evidence, Escapees gives a fascinating collective account of this hitherto neglected form of resistance to Nazi persecution.

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A vital contribution to Holocaust Studies connecting the Sonderkommando to crucial debates on the “gray zone,” resistance, and moral action

Representations of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Sonderkommando
Edited by Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams
Foreword by Anne Karpf
Afterword by Victor Jeleniewski Seidler

The Sonderkommando—the “special squad” of enslaved Jewish laborers who were forced to work in the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau—comprise one of the most fascinating and troubling topics within Holocaust history. As eyewitnesses to and unwilling abettors of the murder of their fellow Jews, they are the object of fierce condemnation even today. Yet it was a group of these seemingly compromised men who carried out the revolt of October 7, 1944, one of the most celebrated acts of Holocaust resistance. This interdisciplinary collection assembles careful investigations into how the Sonderkommando have been represented—by themselves and by others—both during and after the Holocaust.

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A powerful tale of survival, dignity, and ingenuity during one of the darkest periods of human history

Open Access!
The Not-So-Hidden Jews of Nazi Berlin, 1941–1945
Richard N. Lutjens Jr.

Between 1941 and 1945, thousands of German Jews, in fear for their lives, made the choice to flee their impending deportations and live submerged in the shadows of the Nazi capital. Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence and interviews with survivors, this book reconstructs the daily lives of Jews who stayed in Berlin during the war years. Contrary to the received wisdom that “hidden” Jews stayed in attics and cellars and had minimal contact with the outside world, the author reveals a cohort of remarkable individuals who were constantly on the move and actively fought to ensure their own survival.

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A tremendously exciting and thought-provoking exploration of understudied aspects of Holocaust justice

Essays across Disciplines
Edited by Norman J.W. Goda

Since the end of World War II, the ongoing efforts aimed at criminal prosecution, restitution, and other forms of justice in the wake of the Holocaust have constituted one of the most significant episodes in the history of human rights and international law. As such, they have attracted sustained attention from historians and legal scholars. This edited collection substantially enlarges the topical and disciplinary scope of this burgeoning field, exploring such varied subjects as literary analysis of Hannah Arendt’s work, the restitution case for Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze, and the ritualistic aspects of criminal trials.

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Berghahn Journals

Berghahn Journals would like to offer access to the following content about the Holocaust from many different perspectives in hopes to further the conversation about this tragic event in our history. Access until February 3.

Jews and Other Others at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
Irit Dekel
Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (Volume 23, Issue 2)

The Search for Politanky: A Hidden Holocaust Refuge in Transnistria
Carol Simon Elias
European Judaism (Volume 52, Issue 1)

One of the Saved: In Memory of Jan Fuchs
Angela West
European Judaism (Volume 50, Issue 2)

Holocaust Ethics: Difficult Histories and Threatening Memories
Victor Jeleniewski Seidler
European Judaism (Volume 47, Issue 1)

It was horrible, but we live now: The experience of young German adults in everyday encounters with the Holocaust
Lisa J. Krieg
Focaal (Volume 2016, Issue 74)

To Bear Witness After the Era of the Witness: The Projects of Christophe Boltanski and Ivan Jablonka
Donald Reid
French Politics, Culture & Society (Volume 36, Issue 3)

“Who Wants to Be Sad Over and Over Again?”: Emotion Ideologies in Contemporary German Education about the Holocaust
Lisa Jenny Krieg
Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society (Volume 7, Issue 2)

Problematic Portrayals and Contentious Content: Representations of the Holocaust in English History Textbooks
Stuart Foster and Adrian Burgess
Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society (Volume 5, Issue 2)


The Rescue of Jews in France and its Empire during World War II: History and Memory
French Politics, Culture & Society (Volume 30, Issue 2)