An exploration of the most commonly asked questions about the Holocaust challenges misconceptions and discusses how no single theory fully explains the tragedy, drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and experience to offer new insights.
Why another book on the Holocaust? Targets : Why the Jews? Antimsemitism ; Emancipation and backlash Attackers : Why the Germans? Nation and Volk ; Hitler's opportunity Escalation : Why murder? From Aryanization to atrocity ; Gentile and Jewish responses Annihilation : Why this swift and sweeping? From bullets to gas ; Perpetrators : the "generation without limits" ; Enslavement Victims : Why didn't more Jews fight back more often? Compliance and resistance ; The world of the camps Homelands : Why did survival rates diverge? Varieties of behavior ; The case of Poland Onlookers : Why such limited help from outside? Prewar evasions ; Wartime priorities Aftermath : What legacies, what lessons? Return, resettlement, retribution, and restitution ; Memory, myths, and meanings.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -390) and index.