By Alon Confino

ISBN-10: 0300188544

ISBN-13: 9780300188547

ISBN-10: 0300212518

ISBN-13: 9780300212518

Why precisely did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible all over the place in Germany on November nine, 1938? The complicated occasion has now not been thoroughly accounted for by way of historians of their large-scale checks of ways and why the Holocaust happened. during this gripping new research, Alon Confino attracts on an array of information throughout 3 continents to suggest a penetrating new review of 1 of the principal ethical difficulties of the 20 th century. To a shocking quantity, Confino demonstrates, the mass homicide of Jews through the battle years used to be powerfully expected within the tradition of the prewar years.
the writer shifts his concentration clear of the debates over what the Germans did or didn't learn about the Holocaust and explores as an alternative how Germans got here to conceive of the belief of a Germany with no Jews. He strains the tales the Nazis advised themselves—where they got here from and the place they have been heading—and how these tales ended in the realization that Jews has to be eliminated to ensure that the recent Nazi civilization to come up. The construction of this new empire required that Jews and Judaism be erased from Christian heritage, and this was once the inspiration—and justification—for Kristallnacht. As Germans imagined a destiny international with no Jews, persecution and extermination turned that you can imagine, or even justifiable.

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