His­tor­i­cal Dic­tio­nary of the Holo­caust, 2nd Edition

Jack Fis­chel
  • Review
By – September 1, 2011
The first edi­tion of this book came out in 1999. This edi­tion is not only an updat­ed ver­sion, it is a supe­ri­or ver­sion.

Holo­caust ency­clo­pe­dias are very dif­fi­cult to com­pose — they must include tremen­dous­ly var­ied ele­ments of his­to­ry, reli­gion, phi­los­o­phy, eco­nom­ics, moral­i­ty, and ethics as well as geog­ra­phy. This one vol­ume work does it all and it is an incom­pa­ra­ble com­pan­ion for any­one who wants to learn about the Holo­caust.

The author’s choice of the term dic­tio­nary” instead of ency­clo­pe­dia” is very impor­tant. The objec­tive of each alpha­bet­i­cal list­ing in this work is to give an intro­duc­tion, not a com­plete his­to­ry les­son. There is less in each entry than you would find in an ency­clo­pe­dia, but nei­ther chronol­o­gy nor his­to­ry are com­pro­mised or lost. The great­est con­tri­bu­tion of this book to the vast library of Holo­caust works now on the mar­ket is its bib­li­og­ra­phy, which is divid­ed into numer­ous sec­tions enabling the read­er to find the source most sig­nif­i­cant to their spe­cif­ic need, whether it be a pri­ma­ry or sec­ondary source or even a film or TV resource.

The His­tor­i­cal Dic­tio­nary of the Holo­caust is a use­ful ref­er­ence book for stu­dents and teach­ers alike.
Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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