Lessons of the Holocaust

Michael R. Marrus
  • From the Publisher
January 4, 2017

Although dif­fi­cult to imag­ine, six­ty years ago the Holo­caust had prac­ti­cal­ly no vis­i­bil­i­ty in exam­i­na­tions of the Sec­ond World War. Yet today it is under­stood to be not only one of the defin­ing moments of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry but also a touch­stone in a quest for direc­tions on how to avoid such catastrophes.

In Lessons of the Holo­caust, the dis­tin­guished his­to­ri­an Michael R. Mar­rus chal­lenges the notion that there are defin­i­tive lessons to be deduced from the destruc­tion of Euro­pean Jew­ry. Instead, draw­ing on decades of study­ing, writ­ing about, and teach­ing the Holo­caust, he shows how its lessons” are con­stant­ly chal­lenged, debat­ed, altered, and reinterpreted.

A suc­cinct, stim­u­lat­ing analy­sis by a world-renowned his­to­ri­an, Lessons of the Holo­caust is the per­fect guide for the gen­er­al read­er to the his­tor­i­cal and moral con­tro­ver­sies which infuse the inter­pre­ta­tion of the Holo­caust and its significance.

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