T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 107, No. 4 (Fall 2017) 569–575 PETER HAY ES Northwestern University David Cesarani. Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews, 1933–49. London: Mac- millan, 2016; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2016. Pp. xl 1016. Tim Cole. Holocaust Landscapes. London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016. Pp. 262. Nikolaus Wachsmann. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. Pp. xi 865. B ECAUSE TH E H OLOCAU ST R E MA IN S a deeply unsettling subject, it continues to attract a great deal of scholarly energy. One indication of how much is the collective length of the three new studies under review here: almost 2,200 pages. Yet the extant literature is already so extensive that each new entrant comes with a heavy obligation to justify itself. The late David Cesarani’s sweeping new narrative history faces up to this challenge squarely at the outset, and his response has much to recom- mend it. First, he identiﬁes a genuine problem: the “yawning gulf between popular understanding of this history and current scholarship on the sub- ject” (p. xxv). Second, he
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