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A world without Jews : the Nazi imagination from persecution to genocide / Alon Confino.

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    "Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The perplexing event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In this gripping new analysis, Alon Confino draws on an array of archives across three continents to propose a penetrating new assessment of one of the central moral problems of the twentieth century. To a surprising extent, Confino demonstrates, the mass murder of Jews during the war years was powerfully anticipated in the culture of the prewar years. The author shifts his focus away from the debates over what the Germans did or did not know about the Holocaust and explores instead how Germans came to conceive of the idea of a Germany without Jews. He traces the stories the Nazis told themselves-where they came from and where they were heading-and how those stories led to the conclusion that Jews must be eradicated in order for the new Nazi civilization to arise. The creation of this new empire required that Jews and Judaism be erased from Christian history, and this was the inspiration-and justification-for Kristallnacht. As Germans imagined a future world without Jews, persecution and extermination became imaginable, and even justifiable"-- Provided by publisher.

    "Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The perplexing event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In this gripping new analysis, Alon Confino draws on an array of archives across three continents to propose a penetrating new assessment of one of the central moral problems of the twentieth century. To a surprising extent, Confino demonstrates, the mass murder of Jews during the war years was powerfully anticipated in the culture of the prewar years. The author shifts his focus away from the debates over what the Germans did or did not know about the Holocaust and explores instead how Germans came to conceive of the idea of a Germany without Jews. He traces the stories the Nazis told themselves--where they came from and where they were heading--and how those stories led to the conclusion that Jews must be eradicated in order for the new Nazi civilization to arise. The creation of this new empire required that Jews and Judaism be erased from Christian history, and this was the inspiration--and justification--for Kristallnacht. As Germans imagined a future world without Jews, persecution and extermination became imaginable, and even justifiable"-- Provided by publisher.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Confino, Alon, author.
    Published
    New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
    ©2014
    Locale
    Germany
    Contents
    Part I 1933-1938: The Jew as the Origins of Modernity. A New Beginning by Burning Books ; Origins, Eternal and Local ; Imagining the Jews as Everywhere and Already Gone
    Part II 1938-1941: The Jew as the Origins of Moral Past. Burning the Book of Books ; The Coming of the Flood
    Part III 1941-1945: The Jew as the Origins of History. Imagining a Genesis
    Epilogue: A World with Jews.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-267) and index.
    Part I 1933-1938: The Jew as the Origins of Modernity. A New Beginning by Burning Books ; Origins, Eternal and Local ; Imagining the Jews as Everywhere and Already Gone -- Part II 1938-1941: The Jew as the Origins of Moral Past. Burning the Book of Books ; The Coming of the Flood -- Part III 1941-1945: The Jew as the Origins of History. Imagining a Genesis -- Epilogue: A World with Jews.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780300188547
    0300188544 (hardback)
    Physical Description
    xv, 284 pages ; 25 cm

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