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Description: Final Solution : Paperback : Pan Macmillan : 9780330535373 : : 12 Jan 2017 : An intelligent, comprehensive and authoritate history of the Holocaust from one of our finest historians. The Book Depository Final Solution by David Cesarani - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Review: I have read a lot on the holocaust. I have never read anything as in depth and obviously deeply researched as this. In my mind it is the definitive academic:/heart renching work on the greatest crime in humanity. It’s a full exploration of the horror of those years. If you want a true understanding of those events then this is the one to read.

 

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Review: I opened my copy of this much-awaited book eagerly, but am starting to wonder if it's going to live up to the high expectations. The sections I have dipped into are gratingly loaded with sloppy editing (accents routinely but inconsistently omitted from names) and minor and not-so-minor factual errors: the apartment buildings designated for Budapest's Jews were not known as 'yellow star houses', but simply as 'star houses', nowhere in that city is called 'Schwabenberg', which is a German translation of the actual place-name; a photograph captioned "aerial shot of the approaches to Treblinka, c. 1943" in fact shows the cleared site of the camp with the memorial monuments installed after 1958. The trouble with this sort of thing is that it shakes one's confidence in the reliability of the rest. Even more frustrating is the apparent absence of factual support offered for some aspects of Cesarini's suggestive (and, it must be said, plausible) thesis that the Holocaust was a largely improvised reaction to the exigencies of the war. "The occupation of Hungary and the destruction of Hungarian Jews had a compelling, if perverted, logic", he writes. "The Germans ... intended to squeeze everything they could out of the Hungarian economy at what they perceived to be a decisive moment in the war ... the Jews represented a part of this untapped potential". An intriguing theory, but where's the evidence (from documents, speeches or the like) to support it? A footnote cites two earlier historians, one of whom supports and one of whom rejects the theory. And, er... that's it. A bold and provocative assertion, perhaps true, perhaps not, just plonked in front of us on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. A monumental achievement, but a flawed one.

 

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