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 Martin Dean, Constantin Goschler, and Phillip Ther
The robbery and restitution of Jewish property are two inextricably linked social processes. It is not possible to understand the lawsuits and international agreements on the restoration of Jewish property of the late 1990s without examining what was robbed and by whom. In this volume distinguished historians first outline the mechanisms and scope of the European-wide program of plunder, before assessing the effectiveness and historical implications of post-war restitution efforts. Integrating the abundance of new research on the material effects of the Holocaust and its aftermath, a comparative perspective is offered on both robbery and restitution, examining developments in countries such as Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Belgium, Hungary, and the Czech and Slovak lands.
By John K. Dickinson
Introduction by Raul Hilberg
‘Sigmund Stein’ (whose real identity is revealed for the first time in this edition) was a prominent lawyer in the town of ‘Hochburg’ (Marburg) – a Jew, yes, but a German with deep roots in rural Germany. When fellow Jews urged Stein to leave Germany in the 1930s and after, he refused, arguing that he could best serve his people by acting as a buffer between the Jewish community and the Nazis. From 1933 to 1944 he was methodically stripped of his rights as a citizen and of his dignity as a human being. The torment of his Jewish heritage and his proud German upbringing – the loyalties of a lifetime – was finally resolved in Auschwitz.
By Alexander DonatIn The Holocaust Kingdom the concerns were primal: the survival of one’s self, wife, and child. Yet this unique and unflinching memoir of a Polish-Jewish family that survived the Warsaw ghetto as well as concentration and death camps reaches beyond the personal experience of those years to capture the story of doomed millions.
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 Ruth Elias
Translated by Margot Bettauer Dembo
Now available in English, this is the internationally acclaimed memoir of a Jewish woman who was taken to Auschwitz while several months pregnant.
By Andrew EzergailisPushing aside the curtain of deceit carefully woven by both Nazi and Soviet propagandists, Andrew Ezergailis' The Holocaust in Latvia mines previously inaccessible documentary archives to produce the first comprehensive narrative picture of this little-known chapter of the mass murder of Jews in the Baltics.
By Benjamin B. Ferencz
Foreword by Telford Taylor
As a United States war crimes investigator during World War II, Benjamin B. Ferencz participated in the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. He returned to Germany after the war to help bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice and remained to direct restitution programs for Nazi victims.
Nazi–Looted Jewish Archives in Moscow: A Guide to Jewish Historical and Cultural Collections in the Russian State Military Archive
Edited by David E. Fishman, Mark Kupovetsky, and Vladimir Kuzelenkov
Library Book Talk
David Fishman, professor of Jewish history at The Jewish Theological Seminary and director of its Project Judaica and the Jewish Archival Survey, gives this presentation at JTS on this book of which he is a co-editor.
February 27, 2012
By Detlef Garbe
Translated by Dagmar G. Grimm
Refusing to swear allegiance to the state or to perform military service or war work of any sort under the Third Reich, Jehovah’s Witnesses received the attention of the highest authorities in the justice system, the police, and the SS.
By Ivo Goldstein
and Slavko Goldstein
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