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 Aomar Boum and Sarah Abrevaya Stein
By Radu Ioanid
Preface by Elie Wiesel, Introduction by Alexandru Florian
More than 13,000 Jews were murdered during nine days in early summer of 1941 in Iași (Jassy), Romania. This pogrom is one of the most thoroughly documented events of the Holocaust in that German troops, present in the city, were allowed to photograph the atrocities and to send those “souvenirs” of the Eastern Front to their family members. Members of the Romanian Intelligence Service were there also, and they too photographed the continuing massacre. Yet these images are, for the most part, unknown to the general public. Long inaccessible even to scholars, the Romanian archives opened for a time only under pressure from civil society. The 127 photographs shown and described in this album, accompanied by survivors’ and even perpetrators’ testimony, were collected after the war but most of this evidence remained hidden away for decades. Together they are invaluable and provide unique insight into this monstrous crime committed by Romanians under the government of an avowedly antisemitic Nazi-allied Romanian regime.
By H. G. Adler
translated by Belinda Cooper
Originally published in German in 1955, and revised in 1960, H. G. Adler’s Theresienstadt 1941–1945 is a foundational work in Holocaust studies. As the first scholarly monograph to describe the particulars of a single camp—the Jewish ghetto in the Czech fortess-city of Terezín—it is the single most detailed and comprehensive account of any concentration camp. Adler, a Theresienstadt survivor, provides a history of that ghetto, a detailed institutional and social analysis of the camp, and his informed understanding of the psychology of the perpetrators and the victims.
By James G. McDonald
Edited by Norman J.W. Goda, Richard Breitman, Barbara McDonald Stewart, and Severin Hochberg
Watch a March 1, 2018, panel discussion of Envoy to the Promised Land: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1948–1951 co-sponsored by the Taub Center for Israel Studies at NYU and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Just before Israel emerged as a state in May 1948, key United States officials hesitated and backtracked. Undersecretary of State Robert Lovett told Moshe Sharett of the Jewish Agency for Palestine that the US had expected a peaceful transition to dual states in Palestine. Now, war between Jews and Arabs and a broader regional conflict loomed. Apart from the Cold War repercussions, another mass slaughter of Jews would roil the US in a presidential election year. James G. McDonald arrived in Israel soon after its birth, serving as US special representative and later as its first ambassador. McDonald continued his longstanding practice of dictating a diary, which remained for many decades in private hands. Here his letters, private papers, and exchanges with the US State Department and the White House are interspersed chronologically with his diary entries. Envoy to the Promised Land is a major new source for the history of US-Israeli relations. Brilliantly describing the tense climate in Israel almost day by day, McDonald offers an in-depth portrait of key Israeli and other politicians and analyzes the early stages of issues that still haunt the country today: the disputed boundaries of the new state, the status of Jerusalem, questions of peace with Arab states and Israel’s security, Israel’s relationship with the United Nations, and the problem of Palestinian refugees.
These papers and diaries from 1948 to 1951, with their bridging narrative, follow the widely praised Advocate for the Doomed, Refugees and Rescue, and To the Gates of Jerusalem. Together these four volumes significantly revise the ways we view the Holocaust, its aftermath, and the early history of Israel.
By Ivo Goldstein
and Slavko Goldstein
The State, Antisemitism, and Collaboration in the Holocaust: The Borderlands of Romania and the Soviet Union
By Diana Dumitru
Based on original sources, this important new book on the Holocaust explores regional variations in civilians’ attitudes and behavior toward the Jewish population in Romania and the occupied Soviet Union. Gentiles’ willingness to assist Jews was greater in lands that had been under Soviet administration during the interwar period, while Gentiles’ willingness to harm Jews occurred more in lands that had been under Romanian administration during the same period. While acknowledging the disasters of Communist rule in the 1920s and 1930s, this work shows the effectiveness of Soviet nationalities policy in the official suppression of antisemitism. This book offers a corrective to the widespread consensus that homogenizes Gentile responses throughout Eastern Europe, instead demonstrating that what states did in the interwar period mattered; relations between social groups were not fixed and destined to repeat themselves, but rather fluid and susceptible to change over time.
By Renzo De Felice
The first edition of this work was published in Italian in 1961 and revised through 1993; an English-language translation finally appeared forty years after the original.
The Kishinev Ghetto, 1941–1942: A Documentary History of the Holocaust in Romania's Contested Borderlands
By Paul A. Shapiro
Jewish Honor Courts: Revenge, Retribution, and Reconciliation in Europe and Israel after the Holocaust
Edited by Laura Jockusch and Gabriel N. Finder
By Eric C. Steinhart
A new contribution to scholarship on local collaboration in the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, this study draws on wartime and postwar records from both Germany and the Soviet Union to provide a detailed analysis of the motivations of Holocaust collaborators from the Soviet Union.
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