The Nazi Holocaust
The Holocaust of the Nazi era is one of the most momentous events in human history. Yet, despite whole libraries devoted to it, it remains on many ... Show synopsis The Holocaust of the Nazi era is one of the most momentous events in human history. Yet, despite whole libraries devoted to it, it remains on many levels a baffling and unfathomable mystery. By shunning simplistic "explanations" and offering questions rather than answers, Ronnie Landau has set out, in a clear, thought-provoking and enlightened fashion, to mediate between this vast, often unapproachable subject and the reader who wrestles with its meaning. Locating the Holocaust within a number of different contexts - Jewish history, German history, genocide in the modern age and the larger story of human bigotry and the triumph of ideology over conscience - the author has penetrated to the very heart of its moral, historical and educational significance. Deeply concerned lest the Holocaust, as a "unique" phenomenon, be cordoned off from the rest of human history and ghettoized within the highly charged realm of "Jewish experience", he is at pains to show that transmitting understanding of the Holocaust is, like all good education "about the making and not the breaking of connections".