The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies publishes, in association with academic presses, a variety of books relating to Holocaust and genocide studies to fill gaps in scholarly literature. These may include translations, works by visiting scholars, or work that is closely linked to the Museum’s own research collections.
The Mandel Center seeks to cover topics not previously treated by a major study or subjects for which newly available information is likely to revise common misunderstandings or invite new scholarly interpretations.
Recent publications include:
The Holocaust and North Africa
Edited by Aomar Boum and Sarah Abrevaya Stein
The Holocaust is usually understood as a European story. Yet, this pivotal episode unfolded across North Africa and reverberated through politics, literature, memoir, and memory—Muslim as well as Jewish—in the post-war years. The Holocaust and North Africa offers the first English-language study of the unfolding events in North Africa, pushing at the boundaries of Holocaust Studies and North African Studies, and suggesting, powerfully, that neither is complete without the other.
The Iaşi Pogrom, June–July 1941
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 were allowed to photograph the atrocities and to send those “souvenirs” to their family members. Recently discovered photographs and testimonies from survivors and perpetrators alike are an invaluable insight into the crimes committed by Romanians under a Nazi-allied Romanian regime.
Theresienstadt 1941–1945: The Face of a Coerced Community
By H. G. Adler
translated by Belinda Cooper
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 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.
Envoy to the Promised Land: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1948–1951
By James G. McDonald
Edited by Norman J.W. Goda, Richard Breitman, Barbara McDonald Stewart, and Severin Hochberg
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.
The Holocaust in Croatia
By Ivo Goldstein and Slavko Goldstein
The Holocaust in Croatia recounts the history of the Croatian Jewish community during the Second World War, with a focus on the city of Zagreb. Ivo and Slavko Goldstein have grounded their study in extensive research in recently opened archives, additionally aided by the memories of survivors to supplement and enrich the interpretation of documents. The authors’ accessible narrative, here available in English for the first time, has been praised for its objectivity (including rare humane acts by those who helped to save Jews) and is complemented by a large bibliography offering an outstanding referential source to archival materials. The Holocaust in Croatia stands as the definitive account of the Jews in Croatia, up to and including the criminal acts perpetrated by the pro-Nazi Ustasha regime, and adds significantly to our knowledge of the Holocaust.
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. Dumitru 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.