The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust
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|Format:||Electronic Book Text|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 December 2000|
Niewyk (history, Southern Methodist Univ.) and Nicosia (history, Saint Michael's Coll.) have compiled one of the most useful portable Holocaust reference works published in the last few years. What makes this work so interesting is that it is structured so differently from most other one-volume works on the topic. For example, Rochelle Millen's New Perspectives on the Holocaust: A Guide for Teachers and Scholars is made up of two dozen pedagogical articles, while Ronnie S. Landau's Studying the Holocaust: Issues, Readings, and Documents assumes considerable knowledge while offering little analytical text. The Columbia Guide is divided into five parts: "Historical Overview"; "Problems and Interpretations," which is further subdivided into such categories as "Roots of the Holocaust" and "The Question of Rescue"; "Chronology"; "Encyclopedia"; and "Resources." The first two parts convey the major historiographic thrust and the controversies of Holocaust research over the past 30 years without bogging down in excessive detail. The "Chronology" is a micro-version of events that will be useful to scholars and graduate students only, but the "Encyclopedia" will serve a broad range of teachers, students, and scholars, as it provides concise entries on people, places, terms, and organizations associated with the Holocaust. Coverage in any encyclopedia is necessarily subjective, yet the authors are to be commended for their choices, which include a number of Jewish organizations and terms, such as the Oneg Shabbat (the secret archive of the Warsaw Ghetto underground). The extensive "Resources" section includes web-based works, and statistical tables and maps round out the work. Recommended for all libraries. Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
|Publisher: ||Columbia University Press|