The Years of Extermination : Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 (Paperback)

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An authoritative account of the Holocaust goes beyond usual historical studies to include coverage of the reactions of period world authorities, religious groups, and social groups, in a volume that draws on more than thirty years of research. By the author of Nazi Germany and the Jews. Reprint. *Author: Friedlander, Saul *Subtitle: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 *Publication Date: 2008/04/01 *Number of Pages: 870 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060930486
SKU 204961280
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060930489
Release Date 4/1/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1.75T
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Saul Friedlander
Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to a comfortably middle-class family, Saul Friedlander found his life changed by history: the rise of Adolph Hitler and Nazism. He tells his story in the compelling Holocaust memoir WHEN MEMORY COMES, which chronicles how his family immigrated to France and then, finding themselves in danger again, made a great and painful sacrifice: while they embarked on a perilous journey to the border with Switzerland, Saul's parents placed their 10-year-old son in a Catholic school, where he was baptized and learned Catholicism. There, under a new non-Jewish name, he might be safe. Saul, or Paul-Henri Marie Ferland, forgot much of his Jewish upbringing, took communion, and considered training for the priesthood. After the war, he regained his Jewish identity, and through letters and other accounts, was able to partly reconstruct his parents' ill-fated journey. In 1947, Friedlander went to Israel to fight in the Jewish underground just at the end of the British mandate and witnessed the earliest days of Israel's modern history. There he resumed the name Saul Friedlander.||He became a historian and a foremost scholar on the Nazi period, writing studies on the role of Pius XII and on the American-German relations just prior to the war. He taught at universities in Tel Aviv, Geneva, and Los Angeles, and served, in 2000 and after, on commissions that investigated the collaboration between American and European companies with the Nazis. His magnum opus is a two-volume work, NAZI GERMANY AND THE JEWS: THE YEARS OF PERSECUTION, 1933-1939, and its follow-up, THE YEARS OF EXTINCTION: NAZI GERMANY AND THE JEWS: 1939-1945.
"Friedlander seems to have read virtually every printed source and secondary work on his vast subject....His judgments are scrupulous and levelheaded. And he treats the historical controversies that have raged around so many of the he covers with untiring fair-mindedness. He writes without a trace of polemic or of facile retrospective moralizing. The book meticulously satisfies every requirement of professional historical writing....He has written a masterpiece that will endure."
"THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION is one of the most important works of historical writing in recent years....I have no doubt that THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION will stand the test of time for years to come."
"Friedlander's towering accomplishment is to order those events without allowing the reader the comfort of coherence. By the end we understand the history better than any previous historian has managed to explain it, while still feeling bewildered, belittled, and incredulous that it happened, let alone that it happened to him."
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Annotation Saul Friedlander's compelling THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION: NAZI GERMANY AND THE JEWS 1939-1945 completes the masterwork of history that began with Friedlander's NAZI GERMANY AND THE JEWS: THE YEARS OF PERSECUTION 1933-1939. Friedlander provides an in-depth account of the decisions of Hitler and the Third Reich to eliminate Jews across Europe--all drawn from Friedlander's exhaustive research of official documents. He also traces, in precise everyday detail, the effects of these decisions on the Jewish people and their experiences as recorded in the many memoirs, diaries, and eyewitness accounts that survived their makers. These public and private accounts, through Friedlander's deft scholarship, provide new perspectives on the events of that time and answer a multiplicity of questions about history and the Holocaust. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.
Editors Note An authoritative account of the Holocaust goes beyond usual historical studies to include coverage of the reactions of period world authorities, religious groups, and social groups, in a volume that draws on more than thirty years of research. By the author of Nazi Germany and the Jews. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 Examines the anti-Semitism that led to Nazi Germany's attempts to exterminate Europe's Jewish population, focusing on the people and events from the Nazi accession to power in 1933 to the final days of World War II
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