"Anne Frank Unbound ... tell[s] us a great deal about the myriad uses to which one individual story has been and can be put. ... In addition to these ethical and political questions, the essays engage productively with the aesthetic choices made by writers, visual artists, filmmakers, performance artists, and comedians, who recast Anne Frank in a variety of media and situations. ... If Anne Frank Unbound is any indication, the diary will certainly continue ... to raise a set of persistent ethical, political, and aesthetic questions that have been with us since its first publication." —Women's Review of Books
"Thanks to its rich documentation and clearly written, nuanced contributions, The Shoah in Ukraineis an innovative and interdisciplinary contribution that serves as an essential step in that direction by drawing on history, memory studies, and political science." —German Studies Review
"Probst provides us with a detailed exegesis of each of his sources, which taken together thoughtfully challenge the supposed discontinuity between premodern anti-Judaism and modern antisemitism." —H-Judaic
"Christopher Probst has written an insightful analysis of the ways in which Protestant reformer Martin Luther’s anti-Jewish writings were used by German Protestants during the Third Reich." —Contemporary Church History Quarterly
"Shatterzone of Empires is essential reading for students of European history and Imperial Studies, of Jewish and minority history, as well as those interested in war studies. Each essay is self-contained, giving you the option of reading the essays in order, or you can skip around reading any topic that strike your interest."
"Filled with relevant illustrations and detailed notes, Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp is an indispensable guide to Auschwitz and all that is has come to represent. It is an important contribution to the body of work on the Holocaust, and a copy of this book should be added to every public and private library. The text can be used as the foundation for classes on the Holocaust, or as a supplemental text in any class, high school level and beyond, dealing with World War II, genocide studies, or Jewish studies."
"New and up-to-date, the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, edited by Solon Beinfeld and Harry Bochner, is a must-have book for both students of Yiddish and fluent Yiddish speakers and writers ... This essential reference book begins with an invaluable user's guide that not only introduces readers to the Yiddish alphabet, but also provides a detailed guide on how to use this dictionary and the information it provides within the entries."
Our Holocaust encyclopedias have received a great deal of coverage during this week's Days of Remembrance, the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Encyclopedia editors Geoffrey Megargee and Martin Dean were interviewed by the following media outlets:
The article discusses the criteria for a site being included in the encylcopedia and why it was important to document even the smaller places. "This is giving recognition to all of the thousands of places where people suffered and died," says Martin, "that would otherwise fade from people's consciousness."
In this Q&A, Megargee and Dean talk about their research documenting the 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, which is a far greater number than previously thought. "There is a certain amount of pushback going on, with people saying there were not really that many camps," said Megargee.
The article discusses how the encyclopedias redraw the entire map of atrocities committed by the Third Reich. Dean tells the IBT, "To document this on a map and see how the Holocaust affected every single community throughout Europe makes quite clear the scope of the Nazi regime's murder campaign."
Learn more about volumes 1 and 2 of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945 on our website.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. To commemorate this occasion, we offer the following reading selections to further your understanding of the history of the Holocaust:
Anne Frank Unbound Media, Imagination, Memory Edited by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jeffrey Shandler
"Principally the work of senior international scholars in history, literature, Hebraic and Judaic studies, and performance and film studies, and of museum curators, this volume is a major contribution to scholarship regarding Anne Frank's diary and its cultural influence. ... Highly recommended." —Choice
Available June 2013 Père Marie-Benoît and Jewish Rescue How a French Priest Together with Jewish Friends Saved Thousands during the Holocaust Susan Zuccotti
"Who better to rescue from obscurity an Oskar Schindler–like hero than historian Zuccotti? ... This account of the life of Capuchin priest Père Marie-Benoît and his successful efforts to save thousands of Jews offers the perfect amount of detail and context. Relying on archival sources and her own interviews with Marie-Benoît and those he helped to save, Zuccotti’s portrait of the 'Father of the Jews' is as historically important as it is entertaining." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Available June 2013 Resurgent Antisemitism Global Perspectives Edited by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Dating back millennia, antisemitism has been called "the longest hatred." By exploring the sources, goals, and consequences of today's antisemitism and its relationship to the past, this original research contributes to an understanding that could help diminish its appeal and mitigate its harmful effects.
Available in paperback June 2013 The End of the Holocaust Alvin H. Rosenfeld
"The End of the Holocaust is a model of critical intelligence, restrained in its judgments, never shrill or accusatory in its disagreements, always illuminating in its insights into the motives and achievements of the major Holocaust writers Rosenfeld discusses." —Forward
Available July 2013 The House at Ujazdowskie 16 Jewish Families in Warsaw after the Holocaust Karen Auerbach
In a turn-of-the-century, once elegant building in the center of Warsaw, ten Jewish families atypically began reconstructing their lives after the Holocaust, creating new communities as they sought to distance themselves from the memory of a painful past.