Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Volume 18, Number 1, Spring 2004

CONTENTS

    Deletant, Dennis, 1946-
  • Ghetto Experience in Golta, Transnistria, 1942-1944
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    Subject Headings:
    • Jewish ghettos -- Transnistria (Ukraine : Territory under German and Romanian occupation, 1941-1944)
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscript labor -- Transnistria (Ukraine : Territory under German and Romanian occupation, 1941-1944)
    Abstract:
      Despite the appalling conditions in the ghettos and labor camp in the town of Golta, Transnistria, most of the Jews who arrived there in late spring 1942 (after having escaped the December 1941 massacres in the Bogdanovka area by the Romanian authorities) survived their ordeal. This article describes and analyzes the conditions in two ghettos and a labor camp, concluding that the experience of the Jews in Golta was a microcosm of ghetto experience in Transnistria as a whole from summer 1942 to the Romanian withdrawal in March 1944.
    MacQueen, Michael.
  • The Conversion of Looted Jewish Assets to Run the German War Machine
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    Subject Headings:
    • Diamonds, Industrial -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- Germany.
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- Germany.
    • Jewish property -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      Prior to World War II, the German government established mechanisms toseize the assets of German Jewry, a practice that its agencies later adapted to the occupied territories of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. The importance of industrial diamonds to wartime production led the Germans to focus on bartering or selling confiscated valuables to procure these stones. This article pays particular attention to the mechanisms used to convert stolen property into forms useful for the Reich, with emphasis on the handling of intact pieces of jewelry. Also discussed are purchases made by German agents in Switzerland involving industrial diamonds.
    Zierler, Wendy.
  • "My Holocaust Is Not Your Holocaust": "Facing" Black and Jewish Experience in The Pawnbroker, Higher Ground, and The Nature of Blood
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wallant, Edward Lewis, 1926-1962. Pawnbroker.
    • Lumet, Sidney, 1924-, dir. Pawnbroker (Motion picture)
    • Phillips, Caryl. Higher ground.
    • Phillips, Caryl. Nature of blood.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures.
    • Slavery in literature.
    Abstract:
      What is to be gained by drawing literary comparisons between the African Diaspora experience of slavery and the Jewish experience of the Holocaust? Can such comparisons be made without distorting the historical record? This article critiques the juxtaposition of tragedy found in The Pawnbroker--both the novel and the film version--and offers a reading of Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl as a polemical response to The Pawnbroker. Two Holocaust-related novels by the West Indian writer Caryl Phillips are then examined as models of how a literary text can enact a "facing" of black and Jewish experience through the postmodern technique of narrative fragmentation and juxtaposition.

Research Note

    Keren, Daniel.
    McCarthy, Jamie.
    Mazal, Harry W.
  • The Ruins of the Gas Chambers: A Forensic Investigation of Crematoriums at Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau
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    Subject Headings:
    • Crematoriums -- Poland.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland.
    • Auschwitz (Concentration camp) -- Pictorial works.
    • Birkenau (Concentration camp) -- Pictorial works.
    Abstract:
      Combining engineering, computer, and photographic techniques with historical sources, this research note discusses the gas chambers attached to crematoriums at Auschwitz I and the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Among other things, the authors identify the locations of several of the holes in the roofs through which Zyklon B was introduced: five in Crematorium I and three of the four in the badly damaged Crematorium II. The authors began their project before David Irving's libel suit against Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt, proceeding simultaneously with, but independently of, the trial. The defense presented the first version of the authors' report during Irving's subsequent application to appeal. Irving's application was rejected by the court.

Book Reviews

    Bohlman, Philip Vilas.
  • "Des Lagers Stimme"--Musik im KZ: Alltag und Häftlingskultur in den Konzentrationslagern 1933 bis 1936 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fackler, Guido, 1963- "Lagers Stimme"--Musik im KZ: Alltag und Häftlingskultur in den Konzentrationslagern 1933 bis 1936.
    • Music -- Germany -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
    Wegner, Gregory Paul.
  • The Language of the Third Reich: LTI, Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist's Notebook (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Klemperer, Victor, 1881-1960. Language of the Third Reich: LTI, Lingua Tertii Imperii: a philologist's notebook.
    • Brady, Martin, 1962-, tr.
    • German language.
    James, Harold, 1956-
  • West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wiesen, S. Jonathan. West German industry and the challenge of the Nazi past, 1945-1955.
    • Industries -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
    Paulsson, Gunnar S.
  • "Bystanders" to the Holocaust: A Re-Evaluation (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cesarani, David, ed. "Bystanders" to the Holocaust: a re-evaluation.
    • Levine, Paul A., ed.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Moral and ethical aspects.
    Hochberg, Severin.
  • Holocaust and Rescue: Impotent or Indifferent? Anglo-Jewry, 1938-1945 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shatzkes, Pamela, 1949- Holocaust and rescue: impotent or indifferent? Anglo-Jewry, 1938-1945.
    • Jews -- Great Britain -- Attitudes.
    Vámos, Péter.
  • Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora Communities of Shanghai (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ristaino, Marcia R., 1939- Port of last resort: the diaspora communities of Shanghai.
    • Shanghai (China) -- History.
    Rapaport, Lynn.
  • New Beginnings: Holocaust Survivors in Bergen-Belsen and the British Zone in Germany, 1945-1950 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lavsky, Hagit. New beginnings: Holocaust survivors in Bergen-Belsen and the British zone in Germany, 1945-1950.
    • Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1945-
    Evans, Jennifer V.
  • Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany: Origins, Practices, Legacies (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nicosia, Francis R., 1944-, ed. Medicine and medical ethics in Nazi Germany: origins, practices, legacies.
    • Huener, Jonathan, ed.
    • Medicine -- Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
    Stein, Leon.
  • Deaf People in Hitler's Europe, and: Surviving in Silence: A Deaf Boy in the Holocaust: The Harry I. Dunai Story (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ryan, Donna F., ed. Deaf people in Hitler's Europe.
    • Schuchman, John S., 1938-, ed.
    • Dunai, Eleanor C. Surviving in silence: a deaf boy in the Holocaust: the Harry I. Dunai story.
    • Deaf -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
    • Dunai, Harry I., 1934-
    Adler, Franklin Hugh, 1944-
  • Racial Theories in Fascist Italy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gillette, Aaron, 1964- Racial theories in fascist Italy.
    • Racism -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
    Alexander, Jonathan Miller.
  • The Terror of Our Days: Four American Poets Respond to the Holocaust (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Parmet, Harriet L. Terror of our days: four American poets respond to the Holocaust.
    • American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
    Melson, Robert, 1937-
  • Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hinton, Alexander Laban, ed. Annihilating difference: the anthropology of genocide.
    • Genocide.
    Douglas, Lawrence.
  • Genocide on Trial: War Crimes Trials and the Formation of Holocaust History and Memory (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bloxham, Donald. Genocide on trial: war crimes trials and the formation of Holocaust history and memory.
    • War crime trials -- Germany.

Recently Published Works in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

  • Recently Published Works in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
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    Subject Headings:
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Bibliography.
    • Genocide -- Bibliography.

Letter to the Editor

Obituaries

Contributors




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