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By Lucy S. Dawidowicz

Here's the extraordinary account of the main amazing and lousy bankruptcy within the ethical heritage of humanity. Lucid, chilling and finished, Lucy S. Dawidowicz’s vintage tells the full tale of the Nazi Holocaust–from the insidious evolution of German Anti-Semitism to the last word tragedy of the ultimate resolution.

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Karl Dietrich Bracher, one of the sharpest critics of the neorevisionists, charged that “they would like to leave behind the questions of [Germany’s] guilt and responsibility in favor of an allegedly modern realistic analysis. ”* Not surprisingly, the structuralists advanced some bizarre interpretations also about the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question,” the Nazi code name for the murder of the European Jews. Though their contributions to this field have been modest in quantity and in quality, their ideological fashionableness has ensured them a respectful hearing not otherwise warranted.

Survivor documentation, on the other hand, frequently suffers from subjectivity, bitterness, and partisanship—commonplace and habitual defects of most historical records. These documents have a further shortcoming. For the most part, the experiences recounted by survivors bring to mind the adventures of Stendhal’s Fabrizio del Dongo at the Battle of Waterloo. Like him, they are never quite certain what great events they are witness to. Like him, they have just missed seeing the Emperor—in their case, they have been too distant from communal responsibility to be able to describe with any authority those critical situations at which significant decisions were made and policies framed for the Jewish community.

Part II, “The Holocaust,” opens with a chapter about the German Jews in their encounter with National Socialism in the first stage of its rule. Thereafter, Part II focuses on the experiences of the East European Jews, mainly in Poland and Lithuania, because they were the most numerous of all European Jews, because they constituted a unique civilization, and because Eastern Europe was the central locus of the Final Solution. The primary task I set myself was to describe the responses of the organized Jewish community to the Final Solution in its several stages.

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