The Holocaust in Eastern Europe: At the Epicenter of the Final Solution (Perspectives on the Holocaust) (Paperback)

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Waitman Wade Beorn's The Holocaust in Eastern Europe provides a comprehensive history of the Holocaust in the region that was the central location of the event itself while including material often overlooked in general Holocaust history texts.

First introducing Jewish life as it was lived before the Nazis in Eastern Europe, the book chronologically surveys the development of Nazi policies in the area over the period from 1939 to 1945. This book provides an overview of both the German imagination and obsession with the East and its impact on the Nazi genocidal project there. It also covers the important period of Soviet occupation and its effects on the unfolding of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. This text also treats in detail other themes such as ghettoization, the Final Solution, rescue, collaboration, resistance, and many others. Throughout, Beorn includes detailed examples of the similarities and differences of the nature of the Holocaust in various regions, in the words of perpetrators, witnesses, collaborators, and victims/survivors.

Beorn also illustrates the complex nature of the Holocaust by discussing the difficult subjects of collaboration, sexual violence, the use of slave labour, treatment of Soviet POWs, profiteering and others within a larger narrative framework. He also explores key topics like Jewish resistance, Jewish councils, memory, and explanations for perpetration, collaboration, and rescue. The book includes images and maps to orient the reader to the topic area.

This important book explains the brutality and complexity of the Holocaust in the East for all students of the Holocaust and 20th-century Eastern European history.

About the Author

Waitman Wade Beorn is a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Virginia and a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. He is the author of Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus (2014). He is currently working on a major study of the Janowska concentration camp in Lviv, Ukraine.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781474232180
ISBN-10: 1474232183
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: February 8th, 2018
Pages: 360
Language: English
Series: Perspectives on the Holocaust
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