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Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust$
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David Engel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759519

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759519.001.0001

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“What Is More Central Than the Holocaust?”

“What Is More Central Than the Holocaust?”

(p.179) Four “What Is More Central Than the Holocaust?”
Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust
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This chapter considers a major challenge posed by removing the Holocaust from the bailiwick of Jewish history: the need to somehow acknowledge the twentieth-century loss of the large majority of European Jews to mass murder. A few historians of the Jews, evidently attuned to the ongoing Jewish public conversation about the Holocaust and eager to bring their professional expertise to bear upon its future development, have searched for possible points of contact between the history of the Nazi catastrophe and the longer history of the Jewish people. Although their explorations have identified a number of weak spots in the wall of separation erected between the two histories, they have failed to bring the wall down or even to facilitate significant movement from one side to the other.

Keywords:   Jewish history, Jews, Holocaust, Nazis, mass murder

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