Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews, by Peter Longerich, edited by Jeremy Noakes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 625 pp. $34.95. This wide-ranging, comprehensive analysis of the Holocaust from origins to consequences promises to set a new standard for Holocaust studies. Director of a research center at the Royal Holloway College of London University, Peter Longerich also has written a pace-setting biography of Heinrich Himmler, universally recognized books on Hitler's role in devising the final solution to the Jewish Question, and a sharp analysis of German amnesia about the Holocaust (Davon haben wir nichts gewußt). Readers will also remember him as giving the decisive testimony in the David Irving v. Penguin/Lipstadt trial. The current book is a rewritten English edition of the German original work which made an immediate and strongly favorable impression on the world of Holocaust studies back in 1998 (Die Politik der Vernichtung). Bringing the scholarship up to date for the past 12 years is one of the outstanding achievements of this work, and the fine tuning and editing of Jeremy Noakes has saved the English reader from many germanisms such as prolix, convoluted sentences and ponderous arguments, although a few have
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