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Holocaust: An Enriched Chronology

Holocaust: An Enriched Chronology



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Published by Robert Michael
a chronology and documentary of the Holocaust, from 1933 to 1945, but including material from the whole history of antisemitism
a chronology and documentary of the Holocaust, from 1933 to 1945, but including material from the whole history of antisemitism

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Published by: Robert Michael on Apr 09, 2008
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The Holocaust: A Chronology and DocumentarybyRobert A. MichaelProfessor of European HistoryUniversity of Massachusetts Dartmouth
(New York: Jason Aronson Publishers, 1998)
©1998 by Robert A. MichaelTABLE OF CONTENTSEpigraphPrefaceIntroduction193319341935193619371938193919401941
He is an older man, walking with his young daughter throughtheir disorderly English garden. She wonders aloud why all the miceare gone. He tells her that snakes have eaten them all. With theinnocence of childhood, she looks into his face and asks, "Daddy, whydo living things kill each other?" The father looks down into hisdaughter's face, reflecting on an answer. After a while his eyes fill withtears as he replies, "I don't know, my darling. I don't know." Thisanguished parent was Charles Darwin, a man who had answered somany other complicated questions about life and death. But even he,confronted by this fundamental issue can only utter an admission of ignorance.Imagine then the difficulty for an historian when confronted bythe horror of the Holocaust? How does the historian explain why theWestern world has chosen Jews as the metaphor for suffering and thereality of victimization? How does the historian confront the monstrousbelief that the Jews are radical enemies of the state and of humanity,inherently evil beings who must be eradicated from the face of theearth? How does the historian explain the silence of the world to theNazi atrocities? How does the historian face the murder of two million Jewish children? There are no easy answers for these questions. EugonKogon has suggested that

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