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Believe and Destroy: Intellectuals in the SS War Machine

(Polity Press, 2013)

By Christian Ingrao

ISBN: 9780745660264

DD256.5 .I49313 2013

Based on extensive archival research, Christian Ingrao tells the gripping story of young, clever and cultivated university graduates who chose to join the repressive bodies of the Third Reich, especially the Security Service (SD) and the Nazi Party’s elite protection unit, the SS. They theorized and planned the extermination of twenty million individuals of allegedly ‘inferior’ races. Most of them became members of the paramilitary death squads known as Einsatzgruppen and participated in the slaughter of over a million people. They were barely in their thirties when Adolf Hitler came to power, graduates of elite programs in economics, linguistics, philosophy and history.


The Final Solution: Origins and Implementation

(Routledge; Revised ed., 1996)

Edited by David Cesarani

ISBN: 978-0415152327

D804.3 .F564 1994

Drawing on important new research, the authoritative essays in this volume focus on the preconditions and antecedents for the ‘Final Solution’. In addition to seeking to clarify key questions surrounding the attempt by the Nazis to exterminate the Jews, Cesarani and his colleagues examine the responses to the events in question of peoples and governments in Germany, Occupied Europe, the USA and among Jews worldwide.


Geographies of the Holocaust

Edited by Anne Kelly Knowles, Tim Cole, and Alberto Giordano

ISBN: 978-0-253-01211

D804.348 .G46 2014

Six innovative case studies by historians and geographers explore the Holocaust as a profoundly spatial phenomenon. The cases encompass the landscapes of particular places (the killing zones in the East, deportations from sites in Italy, the camps of Auschwitz, the ghettos of Budapest) and the intimate spaces of bodies on evacuation marches. People’s experiences of space and mobility in a Nazi-defined landscape of control and domination became crucial components of the process of physical and cultural genocide, a feature noted by scholars but not systematically analyzed until our work. The authors of this groundbreaking study put forward models and a research agenda for different ways of visualizing and thinking about the Holocaust by examining the spaces and places where it was enacted and experienced.


Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide (Stanford U. Press, 2015)

By Karnig Panian

ISBN: 9780804795432


Only five years old when World War I began, Karnig Panian lived with his family in the Armenian-majority, Anatolian village of Gurin. Four years later, American aid workers found him at an orphanage in Antoura, Lebanon. Among nearly 1,000 Armenian and 400 Kurdish children who had been abandoned by the Turkish administrators and left to survive on their own, this memoir recounts his ordeal, from being the only member of his family to survive the genocide to having to endure the efforts of the caregivers in his orphanage to erase his identity.


Hitler’s Children (RKO,1943)- DVD

Directed by Edward Dmytryk

PN1997 .H585 2015

This fictionalized version of Gregor Ziemer’s factual “Education for Death” is an exposé of the Hitler Youth that follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government. While at times somewhat contrived, this film sheds bright light on the daily horrors of Nazi rule.


Hitler’s Madman (MGM,1943)-DVD

Directed by Douglas Sirk

PN1997 .H5855 2015

Telling the story of the daring 1942 assassination of Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, this wartime thriller represented U.S. directorial debut of Douglas Sirk. Starring (All That Heaven Allows) makes his American in this powerful wartime thriller starring John Carradine, the film also depicts the horrific reprisals ordered by SS-head Heinrich Himmler that included the destruction of the village of Lidice, and the murder of its inhabitants, on June 10, 1942. Independently produced by German expatriates, this Hollywood B-movie captures the harrowing events that took place only months before.


The Nazi Hunters (Simon Schuster, 2016)

By Andrew Nagorski

ISBN 9781476771861

D803 .N34 2016

As the title indicates, acclaimed journalist Adam Nagorski’s book is about the small band of men and women who refused to allow the crimes of the Third Reich to be forgotten and tracked down their perpetrators to the furthest corners of the earth. Today, in the wake of the Frankfurt Auschwitz and Eichmann trials, we take their efforts almost for granted. But, as the Cold War set in, in the late 1940s, the Allies lost interest in prosecuting Nazi war criminals and many of their number fled Europe or just blended in with the populations of their home countries.Recovering


The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv: A Borderland City between Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists (Cornell U. Press, 2015)

By Tarik Cyril Amar

ISBN: 978-0801453915

DK508.95.L86 A46 2015

In this masterful study, Cyril Amar reveals the local and transnational forces behind the twentieth-century transformation of one of East Central Europe’s most important multiethnic borderland cities. Over the last three centuries, it has also been part of the Habsburg Empire, interwar Poland, a World War I Russian occupation regime, the Nazi Generalgouvernement, and, until 1991, the Soviet Union. Today, it is a center of independent Ukraine and a symbol of Ukrainian national identity.


Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey (Stanford U. Press, 2016)

By Lerna Ekmekcioglu

ISBN: 9780804797061

DR435.A7 E35 2016

This first in-depth study of the aftermath of the 1915 Armenian Genocide delves into how the Armenians who remained in Turkey struggled to maintain their identity. Using Armenian texts and images from the close of WWI through the early 1930s, Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, places particular emphasis on the role that women played in preserving traditions, memory, and the Armenian language, while many of their number assumed an increasingly feminist outlook.


Refuge in Music: Terezin/Theresienstadt (Deutsche Grammophon, 2013)-DVD


ML247.5 .R44 2013

This documentary, directed by Dorothee Binding and Benedict Mirow and produced by Katja Schaefer, tells the story of Alice Herz-Sommer and Coco Schumann, two extraordinary musicians from very different musician worlds, both of whom survived Terezín. All musicians who participated in the film, including Anne Sofie von Otter and Daniel Hope, appeared without a fee and all musician royalties are donated to charity.


Socialism of Fools: Capitalism and Modern Anti-Semitism (Columbia U. Press, 2016)

By Michele Battini. Translated by Noor Mazhar and Isabella Vergnano

ISBN: 9780231170383

DS146.E85 B3813 2016

Michele Battini, professor of modern history and the history of politics at the University of Pisa, explores how anti-Jewish, anti-capitalist propaganda during the Enlightenment transformed anti-Jewish stereotypes into a sophisticated, modern social anti-Semitism. He shows these ideas gained in intensity and spread in socialist and labor movements in the nineteenth century and intensified during the Long Depression of the 1870s. In the end, an potent amalgam of anti-Jewish and anti-capitalist views took hold across the continent, from the Habsburg Empire’s Christian Social Party to Italy’s Revolutionary Syndicalists.