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"While attempts to come to terms with past catastrophe... can help prevent its recurrence, they may also provide arguments for... actions against the real or imagined perpetrators of previous disasters. The confrontation with... catastrophe can help us understand the roots and nature of this century's destructive urges, as well as humanity's extraordinary recuperative capacities; but it can also legitimize the perpetuation of violence and aggression."—from the Introduction

Omer Bartov, a leading scholar of the Wehrmacht and the Holocaust, provides a critical analysis of various recent ways to understand the genocidal policies of the Nazi regime and the reconstruction of German and Jewish identities in the wake of World War II. Germany's War and the Holocaust both deepens our understanding of a crucial period in history and serves as an invaluable introduction to the vast body of literature in the field of Holocaust studies.

Drawing on his background as a military historian to probe the nature of German warfare, Bartov considers the postwar myth of army resistance to Hitler and investigates the image of Blitzkrieg as a means to glorify war, debilitate the enemy, and hide the realities of mass destruction. The author also addresses several new analyses of the roots and nature of Nazi extermination policies, including revisionist views of the concentration camps. Finally, Bartov examines some paradigmatic interpretations of the Nazi period and its aftermath: the changing American, European, and Israeli discourses on the Holocaust; Victor Klemperer's view of Nazi Germany from within; and Germany's perception of its own victimhood.

Omer Bartov, a leading scholar of the Wehrmacht and the Holocaust, provides a critical analysis of various recent ways to understand the genocidal policies of the Nazi regime and the reconstruction of German and Jewish identities in the wake of World War II. Germany's War and the Holocaust both deepens our understanding of a crucial period in history and serves as an invaluable introduction to the vast body of literature in the field of Holocaust studies.Drawing on his background as a military historian to probe the nature of German warfare, Bartov considers the postwar myth of army resistance to Hitler and investigates the image of Blitzkrieg as a means to glorify war, debilitate the enemy, and hide the realities of mass destruction. The author also addresses several new analyses of the roots and nature of Nazi extermination policies, including revisionist views of the concentration camps. Finally, Bartov examines some paradigmatic interpretations of the Nazi period and its aftermath: the changing American, European, and Israeli discourses on the Holocaust; Victor Klemperer's view of Nazi Germany from within; and Germany's perception of its own victimhood.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxii
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  1. Part One: War of Destruction
  1. 1. Savage War: German Warfare and Moral Choices in World War ll
  2. pp. 3-32
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  1. 2. From Blitzkrieg to Total War: Image and Historiography
  2. pp. 33-76
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  1. Part Two: Extermination Policies
  1. 3. Killing Space: The Final Solution as Population Policy
  2. pp. 79-98
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  1. 4. Ordering Horror: Conceptualizations of the Concentrationary Universe
  2. pp. 99-121
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  1. 5. Ordinary Monsters: Perpetrator Motivation and Monocausal Explanations
  2. pp. 122-136
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  1. Part Three: Interpretations
  1. 6. Germans as Nazis: Goldhagen's Holocaust and the World
  2. pp. 139-191
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  1. 7. Jews as Germans: Victor Klemperer Bears Witness
  2. pp. 192-215
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  1. 8. Germans as Jews: Representations of Absence in Postwar Germany
  2. pp. 216-236
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 241-242
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801468827
Related ISBN(s)
9780801438240, 9780801468810, 9780801486814
MARC Record
OCLC
1016825358
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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