The Years of Extermination

The Years of Extermination

Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945

Book - 2007
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With The Years of Extermination, Saul Friedl#65533;nder completes his major historical work on Nazi Germany and the Jews. The book describes and interprets the persecution and murder of the Jews throughout occupied Europe. The enactment of German extermination policies and measures depended on the cooperation of local authorities, the assistance of police forces, and the passivity of the populations, primarily of their political and spiritual elites. This implementation depended as well on the victims' readiness to submit to orders, often with the hope of attenuating them or of surviving long enough to escape the German vise.

This multifaceted study--at all levels and in different places--enhances the perception of the magnitude, complexity, and interrelatedness of the many components of this history. Based on a vast array of documents and an overwhelming choir of voices--mainly from diaries, letters, and memoirs--Saul Friedl#65533;nder avoids domesticating the memory of these unprecedented and horrific events. The convergence of these various aspects gives a unique quality to The Years of Extermination. In this work, the history of the Holocaust has found its definitive representation.

Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins Publishers,, [2007]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780060190439
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 FR
Characteristics: xxvi, 870 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 12, 2017

Reading this reminded by, depressingly at times, of the Golden Age of Piracy by Benerson Little [an interesting historical work, though]. One important item, the Nazi crimes were allowed to exist on, thanks to Allen Dulles bringing so many of them to the USA and installing some of them in Richard Helms' MK ULTRA program: when Pfc. Eugene B. Dinkin attempted to warn the world of the impending assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, he was shipped to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where a team, composed of some former Nazi torturers/scientists, worked him over with violent electroshocks and mind-altering drugs, rendering him brain-damaged for the remainder of his life. You won't find this nasty bit of history in Fake News!


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