The Center publishes a variety of multidisciplinary monographs relating to Holocaust and genocide studies. Many of these publications seek to fill gaps in the scholarly literature. Center monographs emphasize topics not previously treated by a major study or for which newly available information is likely to revise common misunderstandings or make possible new scholarly interpretations. These may include works by visiting scholars and work that is closely linked to the Museum’s own research collections.
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Edited by Israel Gutman and Michael Berenbaum
Auschwitz, the largest and most lethal of the Nazi death camps, was actually three camps in one—a killing center, a concentration camp, and a series of slave labor camps. More than a million people were murdered at Auschwitz of whom ninety percent were Jews.
Edited by Patricia Heberer and Jürgen Matthäus; Foreword by Michael R. MarrusThe essays are organized into four sections: the history of war-crime trials from Weimar Germany to just after World War II; the sometimes diverging Allied efforts to come to terms with the Nazi concentration camp system; the ability of postwar society to confront war crimes of the past; and the legacy of war-crime trials in the twenty-first century.
Edited by Raul Hilberg, Stanislaw Staron, and Josef Kermisz; Translated by Stanislaw Staron and the staff of Yad Vashem
Adam Czerniakow was a Polish Jew who killed himself on July 23, 1942—on the face of it not an uncommon occurrence in those times. But there is more to this story, much more than the tragic death of one man among so many millions. More, because Adam Czerniakow was for nearly three years the chairman of the Warsaw Judenrat—a Jew, devoted to his people, who served as the Nazi-sponsored “mayor” of the Warsaw Ghetto.
By Radu IoanidIn 1930, 757,000 Jews lived in Romania. They constituted the third-largest Jewish community in Europe. Today not more than 14,000 Jews live in Romania, most of them elderly. The record of the Holocaust in Romania includes many curious chapters of betrayal and support, but they have been largely unavailable until now. Radu Ioanid’s account, based upon unparalleled access to previously secret East European government archives, is an unprecedented analysis of heretofore purposely hidden materials.
Foreword by Elie Wiesel
Translated and edited by Abraham I. Katsh, Foreword by Israel Gutman
Smuggled out of the ghetto and carefully preserved in a kerosene can on a farm outside Warsaw, Chaim Kaplan’s diary, originally recorded in beautiful, disciplined Hebrew script, is a detailed eyewitness report of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw and a unique account of the destruction of the Jewish communities of Poland.
Edited and translated by Jack Kugelmass and Jonathan Boyarin; Geographical Index and Bibliography by Zachary M. BakerIn the years after World War II, Polish Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who had made their way to the Americas and Israel compiled memorial books to preserve the memory of their destroyed communities.
By Raymond-Raoul Lambert
Edited and with an introduction by Richard I. Cohen
For years, the Diary of Raymond-Raoul Lambert has been among the most important untranslated records of the experience of the Jews of France during the Holocaust. It covers three years of the war, terminating on the day before Lambert’s arrest in August 1943 and his shipment to Drancy. Four months later he and his wife and their four children were deported to Auschwitz, where they all perished.
By Hermann Langbein
Translated by Harry Zohn, Foreword by Henry Friedlander
Hermann Langbein was allowed to know and see extraordinary things forbidden to other Auschwitz inmates. Interned at Auschwitz in 1942 and classified as a non-Jewish political prisoner, he was assigned as clerk to the chief SS physician of the extermination camp complex, which gave him access to documents, conversations, and actions that would have remained unknown to history were it not for his witness and his subsequent research. Also a member of the Auschwitz resistance, Langbein sometimes found himself in a position to influence events, though at his peril.
By Wendy Lower
“Non-Germans” Under The Third Reich: The Nazi Judicial and Administrative System in Germany and Occupied Eastern Europe, with Special Regard to Occupied Poland, 1939–1945.
By Diemut Majer
Translated by Peter Thomas Hill, Edward Vance Humphrey, and Brian Levin
Under the legal and administrative system of Nazi Germany, people categorized as Fremdvölkische literally, “foreign people”) were subject to special laws that restricted their rights, limited their protection under the law, and exposed them to extraordinary legal sanctions and brutal, extralegal police actions. These special laws, one of the central constitutional principles of the Third Reich, applied to Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, non-Europeans: anyone perceived as different or racially inferior, whether German citizens or not.
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