Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Volume 17, Number 3, Winter 2003


Contents

Articles

    Büchler, Yehoshua Robert.
  • "Unworthy Behavior": The Case of SS Officer Max Täubner
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    Subject Headings:
    • Täubner, Max -- Trials, litigation, etc.
    • Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. Schutzstaffel.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Soviet Union.
    Abstract:
      The only known case in which an SS officer was punished for killing Jews is discussed below. Max Täubner and his men carried out thousands of killings without orders and in a particularly savage way. Their rogue actions, however, might have gone unimpeded had the perpetrators not boasted and sent photographs to friends and relatives. The potential for publicity and embarrassment, as well as other considerations, formed the crux of the legal case: the unauthorized murder of thousands of Jews otherwise would have constituted to Täubner's superiors little more than instances of excessive zeal.
    Eshkoli, Hava.
  • "Destruction Becomes Creation": The Theological Reaction of National Religious Zionism in Palestine to the Holocaust
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    Subject Headings:
    • Religious Zionism -- Palestine -- History -- 20th century.
    • Punishment -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
    Abstract:
      Despite the extensive scholarly attention devoted to the thorny issues of faith raised by the Holocaust, the response of religious Zionists in Palestine during the Second World War remains underexamined. This article identifies a number of their prevailing, often coexisting, and sometimes contradictory theological explanations for the Holocaust: punishment for sins (such as assimilation, lack of a homeland, or reduced childbirth), common early in the war; the "birth pangs of the messianic age," which gained credence as the war continued; and "divine hiddenness," a notion that emerged late in the war. These ideas also found expression in the belief that repentance had the ability to hasten redemption and to bring persecution to an end.
    Schrafstetter, Susanna.
  • The Diplomacy of Wiedergutmachung: Memory, the Cold War, and the Western European Victims of Nazism, 1956-1964
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    Subject Headings:
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Europe, Western -- Reparations.
    • War victims -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Germany (West) -- History -- 20th century.
    • Germany (West) -- Foreign relations.
    • World politics -- 1945-1989.
    Abstract:
      In 1956 a number of Western European states demanded from the Federal Republic of Germany compensation for victims of National Socialist persecution. West Germany eventually concluded eleven bilateral compensation agreements between 1959 and 1964. The long, acrimonious negotiations were conducted with the Federal Republic's key allies at a time when their support was crucial for West Germany's international rehabilitation, the process of European integration, and the Cold War struggle. This article analyzes to what extent the day-to-day politics of the Cold War were intertwined with the politics of the past. It examines German negotiations with France and with Britain in more detail to illustrate that the eleven agreements were far from uniform.

Review Essay

    Browder, George C., 1939-
  • Perpetrator Character and Motivation: An Emerging Consensus?
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    Subject Headings:
    • Allen, Michael Thad. Business of genocide: the SS, slave labor, and the concentration camps.
    • Berschel, Holger. Bürokratie und Terror: das Judenreferat der Gestapo Düsseldorf, 1935-1945.
    • Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, ed. Verbrechen der Wehrmacht: Dimensionen des Vernichtungskrieges, 1941-1944.
    • Newman, Leonard S., 1961-, ed. Understanding genocide: the social psychology of the Holocaust.
    • Erber, Ralph, ed.
    • Waller, James, 1961- Becoming evil: how ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing.
    • Wildt, Michael, 1954- Generation des Unbedingten: das Führerkorps des Reichssicherheitshauptamt.
    • Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt -- History.
    • Germany. Geheime Staatspolizei.

Book Reviews

    Rosenfeld, Gavriel David, 1967-
  • Remembering the Holocaust in Germany, 1945-2000: German Strategies and Jewish Responses (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mikhman, Dan, ed. Remembering the Holocaust in Germany, 1945-2000: German strategies and Jewish responses.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Germany -- Public opinion.
    Bryant, Michael S., 1962-
  • Justiz und NS-Verbrechen: Sammlung deutscher Strafurteile wegen national-sozialistischer Tötungsverbrechen 1945-1999, and: DDR-Justiz und NS-Verbrechen: Sammlung ostdeutscher Strafurteile wegen nationalsozialistischer Tötungsverbrechen (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rüter, C. F., ed. Justiz und NS-Verbrechen: Sammlung deutscher Strafurteile wegen national-sozialistischer Tötungsverbrechen 1945-1999.
    • Mildt, Dirk Welmoed de, 1957-, ed.
    • Rüter, C. F., ed. DDR-Justiz und NS-Verbrechen: Sammlung ostdeutscher Strafurteile wegen nationalsozialistischer Tötungsverbrechen.
    • Crimes against humanity, German -- Cases.
    Pendas, Devin O.
  • Unauthorized Entry: The Truth about Nazi War Criminals in Canada, 1946-1956 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Margolian, Howard. Unauthorized entry: the truth about Nazi war criminals in Canada, 1946-1956.
    • War criminals -- Canada.
    Rossino, Alexander B., 1966-
  • War of Extermination: The German Military in World War II, 1941-1944 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Heer, Hannes, ed. War of extermination: the German military in World War II, 1941-1944.
    • Naumann, Klaus, 1939-, ed.
    • Germany -- Armed Forces -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
    Moore, Bob, 1954-
  • Kopgeld: Nederlandse premiejagers op zoek naar joden 1943 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Liempt, Ad van. Kopgeld: Nederlandse premiejagers op zoek naar joden 1943.
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Netherlands.
    Waller, James, 1961-
  • Light from the Ashes: Social Science Careers of Young Holocaust Refugees and Survivors (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Suedfeld, Peter, 1935-, ed. Light from the ashes: social science careers of young Holocaust refugees and survivors.
    • Jewish children in the Holocaust -- Biography.
    Fenigstein, Allan.
  • Beginnings, Mass Murder, and Aftermath of the Holocaust: Where History and Psychology Intersect (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Solkoff, Norman, 1933- Beginnings, mass murder, and aftermath of the Holocaust: where history and psychology intersect.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Causes.
    Longman, Timothy Paul.
  • The Graves Are Not Yet Full: Race, Tribe, and Power in the Heart of Africa (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Berkeley, Bill. Graves are not yet full: race, tribe, and power in the heart of Africa.
    • Insurgency -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
    Barnett, Michael N., 1960-
  • The New Killing Fields: Massacre and the Politics of Intervention (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mills, Nicolaus, ed. New killing fields: massacre and the politics of intervention.
    • Brunner, Kira, ed.
    • Genocide.



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