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Essays on Hitler's Europe
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István Deák is one of the world's most knowledgeable and clearheaded authorities on the Second World War, and for decades his commentary has been among the most illuminating and influential contributions to the vast discourse on the politics, history, and scholarship of the period. Writing chiefly for the New York Review of Books and the New Republic, Deák has crafted review essays that cover the breadth and depth of the huge literature on this ominous moment in European history when the survival of democracy and human decency were at stake.
 
Collected here for the first time, these articles chart changing reactions and analyses by the regimes and populations of Europe and reveal how postwar governments, historians, and ordinary citizens attempt to come to terms with—or to evade—the realities of the Holocaust, war, fascism, and resistance movements. They track the acts of scoundrels and the collusion of ordinary citizens in the so-called Final Solution but also show how others in authority and on the street heroically opposed the evil of the day. With its depth, conciseness, and interpretive power, this collection allows readers to consider more clearly and completely than ever before what has been said, how thought has shifted, and what we have learned about these momentous, world-changing events.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preliminary Notes
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Part 1. GERMANS
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Who Were the National Socialists?
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. Who Were the Facists?
  2. pp. 16-22
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  1. Perpetrators
  2. pp. 23-35
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  1. The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. Part 2. JEWS AMONG "ARYANS"
  2. pp. 45-46
  1. In Disguise
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. Cold Brave Heart
  2. pp. 51-64
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  1. Part 3. VICTIMS
  2. pp. 65-66
  1. The Incomprehensible Holocaust
  2. pp. 67-88
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  1. A Mosaic of Victims
  2. pp. 89-93
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  1. Memories of Hell
  2. pp. 94-99
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  1. The Goldhagen Controversy in Retrospect
  2. pp. 100-110
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  1. Part 4. THE HOLOCAUST IN OTHER LANDS
  2. pp. 111-112
  1. A Ghetto in Lithuania
  2. pp. 113-128
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  1. Romania: Killing Fields and Refuge
  2. pp. 129-136
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  1. The Europeans and the Holocaust
  2. pp. 137-147
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  1. A Hungarian Admiral on Horseback
  2. pp. 148-158
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  1. The Holocaust in Hungary
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. Poles and Jews
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. Part 5. ONLOOKERS
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. The Pope, The Nazis, and the Jews
  2. pp. 169-184
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  1. The British and the Americans
  2. pp. 185-194
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 195-206
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 207-222
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