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"Aktion Reinhardt": Der Volkermord an den Juden im Generalgouvernement 1941-1944 (review)

"Aktion Reinhardt": Der Volkermord an den Juden im Generalgouvernement 1941-1944 (review) those who strove to survive and inflict some measure of revenge, and those who never lost sight of their Jewish identity, regardless of the circumstances, and whose mere retention of that fact qualifies thus as a success, even as they shuffled their last steps to the gas chambers or shooting pits. It would be too simple, in other words, to qualify only the former as "true" resistance, and too simplistic to reject the latter's inclusion in the term as post-facto generosity, or an attempt to explain away "inactivity." The end result is that Glass will likely convince many skeptics of his point of view. He does so by weaving historical narrative, with psychological and sociological analysis, in a lucid and often moving manner. Most readers, whether lay-persons with no personal link to the Holocaust or those more directly concerned (either with personal connection or for professional reasons), will learn from the book and gain new ideas. This is an interdisciplinary work which succeeds, both for the direct purpose of the author, and as an example to other academics who tackle similar questions. Vasilis Vourkoutiotis Department of History University of Ottawa, Canada "Aktion Reinhardt": Der Völkermord an den Juden http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

"Aktion Reinhardt": Der Volkermord an den Juden im Generalgouvernement 1941-1944 (review)

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Abstract

those who strove to survive and inflict some measure of revenge, and those who never lost sight of their Jewish identity, regardless of the circumstances, and whose mere retention of that fact qualifies thus as a success, even as they shuffled their last steps to the gas chambers or shooting pits. It would be too simple, in other words, to qualify only the former as "true" resistance, and too simplistic to reject the latter's inclusion in the term as post-facto generosity, or an attempt to explain away "inactivity." The end result is that Glass will likely convince many skeptics of his point of view. He does so by weaving historical narrative, with psychological and sociological analysis, in a lucid and often moving manner. Most readers, whether lay-persons with no personal link to the Holocaust or those more directly concerned (either with personal connection or for professional reasons), will learn from the book and gain new ideas. This is an interdisciplinary work which succeeds, both for the direct purpose of the author, and as an example to other academics who tackle similar questions. Vasilis Vourkoutiotis Department of History University of Ottawa, Canada "Aktion Reinhardt": Der Völkermord an den Juden

Journal

Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Jul 12, 2006

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