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A Holocaust reader
Call No: 940.5318 D26h

Call Number940.5318 D26h
Dates[1976]; ©1976
Statement of Responsibilityedited, with introductions and notes, by Lucy S. Dawidowicz.
Creators & ContributorsDawidowicz, Lucy S. (editor)
SummaryA Holocaust Reader delivers a collection of documents about the destruction and martyrdom of European Jews under German occupation during the Second World War. Part One, "The Final Solution," traces through official German papers and eyewitness reports the rise of anti-Semitic feeling and legislation in German in the 1920s and 30s, the preparations under Adolf Hitler for the Final Solution, and the programs for the mass deportation and extermination of Jews in Nazi death camps during the warprograms which resulted in the murder of six million Jews. In Part Two, "The Holocaust," communal records, private diaries, and extracts from folk literature document the ordeals of the Jewish communities in Germany and Eastern Europe in their struggle to react to the Nazi "war against the Jews." The role played in this struggle by the German-appointed Jewish councils (Judenräte) in the ghettos, the agonizing internal debates over strategies of response, the unremitting effort under conditions of extreme degradation to foster a spirit of survival and resistance, are among the subjects and themes explored in Part Two. Publisher
ContentsIntroduction: On Studying Holocaust Documents

Part One. The Final Solution
  • Preconditions: Conventional Anti-Semitism and Adolf Hitler
    • Anti-Semites' Petition, 1880
    • Adolf Hitler on the Annihilation of the Jews
  • The First Stage: Anti-Jewish Legislation
    • Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service, April 7, 1933
    • Law Regarding Admission to the Bar, April 7, 1933
    • First Decree for the Implementation of the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service, April 11, 1933
    • Law Against the Overcrowding of German Schools and Institutions of Higher Learning, April 25, 1933
    • First Decree for Implementation of the Law Against the Overcrowding of German Schools, April 25, 1933
    • Reich Citizenship Law, September 15, 1935
    • First Decree to the Reich Citizenship Law, November 14, 1935
    • Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor, September 15, 1935
    • First Decree for Implementation, November 14, 1935
    • Law Regarding the Legal Status of the Jewish Religious Communities, March 28, 1938
    • Decree Regarding the Reporting of Jewish Property, April 26, 1938
    • Second Decree for the Implementation of the Law Regarding Changes of Family Names, August 17, 1938
    • Decree on a Penalty Payment by Jews Who Are German Subjects, November 12, 1938
  • The Interim Stage: "All Necessary Preparations"
    • Heydrich's Instructions to Chiefs of Einsatzgruppen, September 21, 1939
    • Four Decrees Issued in Occupied Poland, 1939–1941
    • Secret Order by Field Marshal Keitel, March 13, 1941
    • Crushing the "Jewish-Bolshevist System": Field Marshal von Reichenau's Orders
    • Göring's Commission to Heydrich, July 31, 1941
    • Minutes of the Wannsee Conference, January 20, 1942
  • The Final Stage: Mass Killings, "Resettlement," Death Camps
    • Field Reports From Chiefs of Einsatzgruppen
    • "A Total Cleanup": Himmler's Order, July 19, 1942
    • "Resettlement" Order for the Warsaw Ghetto, July 22, 1942
    • Conflict of Interests: The Final Solution vs. Manpower Needs
    • Circular Memorandum of Reichsführer SS Himmler, October 9, 1942
    • Deathwatch at Bełżec: Kurt Gerstein's Deposition
    • Auschwitz Observed: Report of Two Escaped Eyewitnesses
    • "The Warsaw Jewish Quarter is No More!" General Stroop's Report, May 16, 1943
    • Himmler's Summation, October 4, 1943
Part Two. The Holocaust
  • The First Ordeal: The Jews in Germany 1933–1938
    • Wear the Yellow Badge with Pride!
    • The Zionist Federation for Germany Addresses the New German State
    • The Reichsvertretung Addresses the Reich Government
    • Martin Buber on Jewish Education in Germany
    • The Reichsvertretung Program After the Nuremberg Laws
    • The Central-Verein Balance Sheet
  • The Ordeals of the Ghettos in Eastern Europe
    • A Song of the Chełm Ghetto
    • A Song of the Bialystok Ghetto
    • Refugee Care in the Warsaw Ghetto, January 1942
    • Health Care in the Vilna Ghetto, September 1942
    • Social Welfare in the Vilna Ghetto, April 1943
    • Janusz Korczak's Appeals for Child Care 1939–1942
    • Janusz Korczak to the Editor of Gazeta Żydowska, January 7, 1942
    • Rabbinical Sanction in the Case of Endangered Life, 1941
    • Peretz Opoczynski: Smuggling in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1941
    • Henryka Lazawert: The Little Smuggler
    • Cultural Activities in the Vilna Ghetto, March 1942
    • The Political Underground: A Letter From the Bund, March 16, 1942
    • Evaluating the Ghetto: Interviews in Warsaw, 1941
    • Pondering Jewish Fate: From Zelig Kalmanovich's Diary
  • The Ordeals of the Judenräte
    • From Adam Czerniaków's Diary, 1939–1942
    • Prexy Czerniaków
    • From the Minute Book of the Lublin Judenrat
    • From the Minute Book of the Bialystok Judenrat
  • Confronting Death: The Ordeals of Deportation
    • Facing Facts: The Bloody Night, April 17, 1942
    • Israel Lichtenstein's Testament
    • Homeless
    • Josef Zelkowicz: Days of Nightmare
    • The Bund Appeals to the Polish Government-in-Exile, May 1942
    • Michael Dov Weissmandel: Letters From the Depths
  • Resistance: The Ordeal of Desperation
    • A Summons to Resistance in the Vilna Ghetto, January 1942
    • The Structure of Jewish Resistance in Poland, 1942
    • From Justina's Diary: Resistance in Cracow
    • Facing Death in the Bialystok Ghetto, February 1943
    • Three Communiques of the Jewish Combat Organization
    • For Your Freedom and Ours
    • Yitzhak Zuckerman: The Creation and Development of Żob
  • Estimated Number of Jews Killed in the Final Solution
  • The German Partition of Poland, 1939/41–1945
  • The Einsatzgruppen, 1941–1942
Physical Description xiv, 397 pages ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Behrman House, Inc.
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 383–386) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2008 from the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library