The Holocaust Encyclopedia


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Edited by Walter Laqueur; Judith Tydor Baumel, Associate Editor

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The Holocaust has been the subject of countless books, works of art, and memorials. Fifty-five years after the fact the world still ponders the enormity of this disaster. The Holocaust Encyclopedia is the only comprehensive single-volume work of reference providing both a reflective overview of the subject and abundant detail concerning major events, policy decisions, cities, and individuals. Up-to-date and designed for easy access, the encyclopedia presents information on the major aspects of the Holocaust in essays by scholars from eleven countries who draw on a number of sources—including recently uncovered evidence from the former Soviet bloc—to provide in-depth studies on the political, social, religious, and moral issues of the Holocaust as well as short entries identifying events, sites, and individuals. The book also has more than 250 photographs, many of them rare, and 19 maps.

The volume includes:

Raul Hilberg on concentration camps and Gypsies
Ruth Bondy, Israel Gutman, and Dina Porat on major ghettoes
Roger Greenspun on the Holocaust in cinema and television
Richard Breitman on American policy
Michael Cohen on British policy
Michael Berenbaum on theological and philosophical responses
Saul Friedländer on Nazi policy
Michael Hagemeister on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Michael R. Marrus on historiography
Christopher R. Browning on the Madagascar Plan
Robert S. Wistrich on Holocaust denial
James E. Young on Holocaust literature

Walter Laqueur (1921–2018) was the co-chairman of the International Research Council of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and was among the world’s preeminent historians of modern Europe and a leading authority on the Holocaust. Judith Tydor Baumel teaches modern Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

The Holocaust Encyclopedia includes

· hundreds of entries arranged alphabetically, from antisemitism through the ages and Holocaust art to Zyklon B, the cyanide compound used in the Nazi gas chambers

· 276 photographs (many never before published) and 19 maps

· articles by such eminent authorities as Raul Hilberg and Saul Friedländer

· prefatory essay by editor Walter Laqueur

· a full and complete chronology of events for the years 1933-1945

· a comprehensive, up-to-date bibliographical essay, including Web sites.

"A magisterial book, unique in its clarity of organization, scope, and attention to issues that have been at the heart of Holocaust research since the end of World War II. The book reaches beyond facts and details to reveal the depths of the Holocaust experience and its aftermath. It will surely emerge as indispensable for the study of the Holocaust."—Jehuda Reinharz, President, Brandeis University

“Laqueur, a notable Holocaust historian, has done a masterful job of bringing together more than 100 contributors from nearly a dozen countries. . . . The result is a comprehensive—one is tempted to say exhaustive, but the subject can never be exhausted—volume. . . . This is no ordinary reference work; in it we can indeed see and even smell the horrors of the Final Solution, and yes, we are afraid.”—Publishers Weekly

“The volume is handsomely produced, and at almost 800 pages, surprisingly easy to handle. . . . The ambitious range of the coverage throughout the volume, and the intellectual content and clarity of individual entries, is a credit to the editor. The Encyclopedia is a milestone in Holocaust scholarship and will be an essential source for anyone interested in the subject. . . . [A] superbly informative and intellectually stimulating book.”—Monica Strauss, AUFBAU

The Holocaust Encylopedia edited by Walter Laquer is an essential addition to every Holocaust library. It includes lengthy articles by dozens of scholars e.g. Richard Brightman on American policy, Saul Friedlander on Nazi policy, Nechama Tec on resistance in Eastern Europe, Ruth Bondy, Israel Gutmann and Dina Porat on major ghettos, Michael Marrus on historiography, and many more. Important features include: a detailed 17 page chronology, pertinent photographs and maps, a bibliographical essay by Robert Rozett, and an excellent index. This is an invaluable research tool for teachers and students.”—William Shulman

“Drawing upon some of the world’s foremost scholars of the Holocaust, this is an essential one-volume history.”—Bruce Dancis, Sacramento Bee

“Reading The Holocaust Encyclopedia is an act which helps shape the process of remembering and learning with its excellent organization, expansive coverage of important contemporary and historical issues in Holocaust Studies, and willingness to confront controversy and disagreement in a historical context which in the United States is too often characterized by silence or appeals to finality. . . . An indispensable resource for any student interested in studying the Holocaust.”—John Cameron Turner, The Dartmouth Contemporary

“Laqueur, a leading scholar on the Holocaust, has assembled an important contribution to the understanding of the Holocaust.”—Tampa Tribune

“Over 250 photos, many never before published, help make this a powerful work.”—Trenton Times

“With its probing, sophisticated essays and its astonishing range and depth, The Holocaust Encyclopedia represents a landmark in the evolution of knowledge on its subject.”—James Rosen, Washington City Paper

“[A] well-designed treasure trove, with more than 250 photographs (many previously unpublished), a bibliography, and an annotated chronology of eveents. Certain to become a standard work in the field.”—Virginia Quarterly Review

“This provides a readable, reliable general reference work in which many of the most respected researchers in their fields . . . provide clear entries on key aspects of the subject. Just about all the topics one would expect to find are covered, and the many photographs are well chosen and well annotated. Altogether this encyclopedia deserves to become a standard reference work.”—Richard Bessel, Times Literary Supplement

"The Holocaust Encyclopaedia is firmly committed to the Holocaust as a phenomenon affecting Jews. . . . The more than 100 contributors, most of whom come from Israel and the US, have collaborated to create a work that will certainly meet the needs of the general public for a straightforward and accessible guide to the complexity of the Holocaust. . . . For those in search of an introductory guide its value is correspondingly enhanced. It stands alone as a wide-ranging, single-volume guide."—Lionel Kochan, Times Higher Education Supplement

"[The Holocaust Encyclopedia] is the only comprehensive single volume reference book on the subject, attractively produced, well bound . . . and with an unexpectedly reasonable price tag. . . . A most welcome arrival. . . . I can seriously call the attention of all teachers to this highly helpful tome. It is a sine qua non for the reference shelves of schools, libraries and of everybody interested in all aspects of the Holocaust"—Vera Laska, International Social Science Review

“The subject-matter is so important, the information is so precise and graphic, the articles are so well written, that the reader will quickly forget that he or she is reading an encyclopedia. . . . The obligation to remember, to recall to memory, can only be fulfilled on the basis of reliable information. This is what this book provides. And this is the reason why this book needs to be read.”—Eckhard Schnabel, Trinity Journal

“For many issues, including anti-Semitism, U.S. policy during the era of the Holocaust, the implementation of the Final Solution, Jewish life during the era of the Holocaust and Jewish resistance, this volume is a superb place for a student or layperson to start.”—Peter Black, Central European History

The Holocaust Encyclopedia should be on the desk of every student of the Holocaust and maybe on the shelf of every student.”—Shabbat Shalom

“This book will be a standard reference work for decades to come.”—Lawrence L. Langer, author of Holocaust Testimonies

“This encyclopedia is detailed, masterful, and authoritative. It contains new information, and it is both comprehensive and accessible to the public.”—Michael Berenbaum, University of Judaism 

Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic title for 2001

Finalist for the 2001-02 National Jewish Book Award

Selected as a 2002 outstanding book by University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

Featured at American Library Association (ALA) as one of the “Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books you should know about.”

Winner of the Association of American Publishers, Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division Award.
ISBN: 9780300084320
Publication Date: March 29, 2001
816 pages, 8 x 10
276 b/w illus. + 19 maps

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