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Inga Clendinnen: Raul Hilberg’s Sources of Holocaust Research, 23 May 2002

Sources of Holocaust Research: An Analysis 
by Raul Hilberg.
Ivan Dee, 218 pp., $26, September 2001, 1 56663 379 6
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Neighbours: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland 
by Jan Gross.
Princeton, 261 pp., £12.95, May 2001, 0 691 08667 2
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... When I think of Raul Hilberg an image pops into my head. A man gazes thoughtfully up at an Everest of fraying documents, some manuscript, some printed, some typescript. Looming behind the monstrous pile is an elaborate Gothic structure: the interlocking bureaucratic organisations through which the Nazis effected the Holocaust ...


Colin Richmond: Love of Killing, 13 February 1992

... And we haven’t mentioned those who made these things happen: the bureaucrats and clerks. Raul Hilberg, Christopher Browning and Claude Lanzmann (among others) have laid their contribution bare: such men did not care to know what they were doing; nevertheless they knew what they had to do and did it – with a dedicated efficiency which usually ...

Rule by Inspiration

John Connelly: A balanced view of the Holocaust, 7 July 2005

The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy 1939-42 
by Christopher Browning.
Arrow, 615 pp., £9.99, April 2005, 0 09 945482 3
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... Jewish race in Europe.’ The link between intention and act seemed clear and intimate. In 1961, Raul Hilberg produced a massive study, The Destruction of the European Jews, which reflected this tendency: premeditation was obvious, and stage followed stage in necessary sequence, from measures denying Jews a place in public life, to those denying them ...

Weimar in Partibus

Norman Stone, 1 July 1982

Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World 
by Elizabeth Young-Bruehl.
Yale, 563 pp., £12.95, May 1982, 0 300 02660 9
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Hannah Arendt and the Search for a New Political Philosophy 
by Bhikhu Parekh.
Macmillan, 198 pp., £20, October 1981, 0 333 30474 8
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... Even here, she only stated what many other people before her had said, especially the historian, Raul Hilberg. She wrote, in various places, that ‘in Amsterdam as in Warsaw, in Berlin as in Budapest, Jewish officials could be trusted to compile the lists of persons and of their property, to secure money from the deportees to defray the expenses of ...

Lectures about Heaven

Thomas Laqueur: Forgiving Germany, 7 June 2007

Five Germanys I Have Known 
by Fritz Stern.
Farrar, Straus, 560 pp., £11.25, July 2007, 978 0 374 53086 0
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... Neither Hobsbawm or Mayer had the slightest interest in winning special recognition from Germany. Raul Hilberg, whose research on the Holocaust laid the foundation for the prosecution of Adolf Eichmann, might have welcomed more attention. His academic career was not filled with the honours that his contributions deserved. But the story he told was not ...

Holocaust History

Geoff Eley, 3 March 1983

... of the Jewish response. The classic accounts, Gerald Reitlinger’s The Final Solution and Raul Hilberg’s The Destruction of the European Jews, were perhaps too impressed by the homogenising impact of the Nazi programme, and came in for a good deal of criticism in the Sixties and Seventies on this ground. Based mainly on documents left by the ...

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