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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By Beth B. Cohen
By Adam Rayski
Foreword by François Bédarida, Translated by William Sayers
An organizer of the communist faction of the Jewish resistance in France, Rayski buttresses his analysis of war-era archival materials with his own personal testimony.
By Anonymous members of the Kovno Jewish Ghetto Police
Translated and edited by Samuel Schalkowsky, Introduction by Samuel D. Kassow
By Martin Dean
According to German bookkeeping, more than a million Jews were shot by Himmler’s police forces and their local collaborators in the East. Martin Dean’s new book examines the participation of local Belorussian and Ukrainian police in this crime.
Edited by Donna F. Ryan and John S. Schuchman
Inspired by the conference “Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, 1933–1945” hosted jointly by Gallaudet University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1998, this extraordinary collection integrates key presentations and postconference research as renowned scholars shed new light on the ideological and practical concerns that linked the theories of race and of eugenics to the sterilization and murder of persons whom the Nazis deemed “unworthy of life.” Deaf survivors attended and addressed the conference, providing wrenching testimonies that inspired, in part, the publication of this volume.
By Christopher J. Probst
Christopher J. Probst demonstrates that a significant number of German theologians and clergy made use of the sixteenth-century writings by Martin Luther on Jews and Judaism to reinforce the racial antisemitism and religious anti-Judaism already present among Protestants.
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 Hans Safrian
More than sixty years after the advent of the National Socialist genocides, the question still remains: how could a state-sponsored terror that took the lives of millions of men, women, and children, persecuted as Jews or Gypsies, happen?
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 Solomon Perel
Translated by Margot Bettauer Dembo
With his mother’s parting words “You must stay alive!” ringing in his ears, fourteen-year-old Solomon Perel set out from Nazi-occupied Poland hoping to find safety across the new Soviet frontier.
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