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Written into History

Richard J. Evans: The Nazi View of History, 22 January 2015

A World without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide 
by Alon Confino.
Yale, 284 pp., £20, June 2014, 978 0 300 18854 7
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How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust 
by Dan McMillan.
Basic, 276 pp., £15, April 2014, 978 0 465 08024 3
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... of the Jewish Question in Europe. A seldom reported example of this violence is highlighted by Alon Confino in his new book: the public burning of the Hebrew Bible in the course of the nationwide pogrom carried out on Hitler’s orders on 9-10 November 1938 and known ironically as the Reichskristallnacht, or ‘Night of Broken Glass’, because the ...

Your Soft German Heart

Richard J. Evans: ‘The German War’, 14 July 2016

The German War: A Nation under Arms, 1939-45 
by Nicholas Stargardt.
Bodley Head, 701 pp., £25, September 2015, 978 1 84792 099 7
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... from another without undertaking comparative research. In any case, as the American historian Alon Confino has cautioned, ‘the interpretative rewards’ of investigating people’s emotions in the past ‘are not immediately obvious’. It is a pity that Stargardt did not think more carefully about these theoretical and methodological matters or ...

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