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By Alon Confino

Why precisely did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible all over in Germany on November nine, 1938? The complicated occasion has now not been competently accounted for via historians of their large-scale tests of the way and why the Holocaust happened. during this gripping new research, Alon Confino attracts on an array of files throughout 3 continents to suggest a penetrating new evaluate of 1 of the imperative ethical difficulties of the 20th century. To a stunning volume, Confino demonstrates, the mass homicide of Jews throughout the struggle years was once powerfully expected within the tradition of the prewar years.
the writer shifts his concentration clear of the debates over what the Germans did or didn't learn about the Holocaust and explores as an alternative how Germans got here to conceive of the belief of a Germany with no Jews. He strains the tales the Nazis informed themselves—where they got here from and the place they have been heading—and how these tales ended in the belief that Jews has to be eliminated to ensure that the recent Nazi civilization to come up. The production of this new empire required that Jews and Judaism be erased from Christian historical past, and this was once the inspiration—and justification—for Kristallnacht. As Germans imagined a destiny international with no Jews, persecution and extermination turned that you can think of, or even justifiable.

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