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Can it happen again? : chronicles of the Holocaust
Chartock, Roselle.
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, [1995]

Physical Description:
376 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
General Note:
Earlier edition was published in 1979 under the title: The Holocaust years: society on trail.

Includes index.
Added Uniform Title:
Holocaust years.
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A collection of over 100 eyewitness accounts, memoirs, documentary materials, and selections from eminent writers about the Holocaust and genocide.

Author Notes

Roselle K. Chartock, Ed.D., is professor of education at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She taught social studies for fifteen years at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA, where she resides. Her most recent publications include Educational Foundations: An Anthology and a chapter in Including Music in a Study of the Holocaust. She continues to write, lecture, and offer workshops on the subject of the Holocaust. Jack Spencer has been part of the Berkshire Hills Regional School system in Great Barrington, MA for 30 years as a social studies teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. He lives in Stockbridge, MA.

Table of Contents

Bernd NaumannWilliam L. ShirerBernd NaumannLucy DawidowiczViktor E. FranklCatherine NorenElie WieselNiccolo MachiavelliThomas HobbesJohn LockeRobert ArdreyB.F. SkinnerUriel TalJudah PilchArt SpiegelmanWilliam GoodykoontzWilliam GoodykoontzWilliam GoodykoontzSusan GregoryGordon AllportGordon AllportGordon AllportMartin ShermanPrimo LeviHelen FeinAlexander RamatiGertrude NoarEdward Fenton and John GoodeMilton MayerWilliam AllenWilliam AllenLucy DawidowiczRoselle K. ChartockRichard GrunbergerRichard GrunbergerJon NordheimerDr. Miklos NyiszliHans Hermann KremerKim Malthe-BruunJudah PilchNazis ChargedAbraham FoxmanArthur W. MitchellMartin GansbergAnthony StorrAnne FrankViktor E. FranklAbraham FoxmanAbraham FoxmanElie WieselMolly HarrowerMaurice OgdenThomas KeneallyRichard MayneLeo KahnWilliam HelmreichDiana Jean SchemoAldous HuxleyGeorge OrwellYevgeny YevtushenkoClaude MckayArthur KoestlerEric HofferJacob StroyerHelen FeinCharles SilbermanStanley MilgramDavid K. ShiplerRaul HilbergWalter ReichElie WieselM.E. KerrBlack ElkThomas YoseloffChaim Ginott
Ackowledgmentsp. xvi
About the Editorsp. xviii
Introductionp. xix
I What Happened?
The Extermination of the Jewsp. 25
Auschwitz: A Concentration Campp. 27
The Death Housep. 29
The Horrors of Daily Lifep. 31
"The Final Solution of the Jewish Question"p. 33
The "Final Solution" in Actionp. 36
The Graebe Memorandump. 38
Dehumanization and Starvationp. 41
Map of Major Concentration Campsp. 44
Flow Chart for "Operation Reinhard," Auschwitz, and Majdanekp. 46
Chronology of Laws and Actions Directed Against Jews in Nazi Germany 1933-45p. 48
We Escaped from Hitler's Germanyp. 54
"Listen to Me!"p. 61
Estimates of Jewish Losses 1939-45p. 65
The Nature of Manp. 67
The Princep. 69
Man Is Evil and Warlikep. 71
Man Is Rationalp. 73
Man Is Innately Aggressivep. 74
Man Is a Product of His Environmentp. 76
II. Victims and Victimizersp. 79
The Jews of Europep. 81
Christians and Jews in Europe 1870-1914p. 82
Jewish Life in Europe Between the Two World Warsp. 88
An Excerpt from Maus Ip. 97
Prejudice and Scapegoatingp. 101
The Greeniesp. 103
What Is the Difference Between a Prejudice and a Misconception?p. 105
What Should I Do?p. 106
Hey, White Girl!p. 107
The Meaning of Scapegoatp. 109
Prejudicep. 112
The Jew as Scapegoatp. 113
Other Voices/Other Victimsp. 117
Bentp. 119
The Jugglerp. 125
Extermination of the Gypsiesp. 129
And the Violins Stopped Playingp. 131
III. How and Why?p. 143
The Third Reichp. 145
The Third Reich in Perspectivep. 147
Seven Case Studiesp. 153
Herr Dammp. 157
Why I Joined the Hitler Youthp. 161
A Town Goes Nazip. 162
In Their Own Wordsp. 165
Commander of Auschwitzp. 167
Hoess Explains Why He Killed the Jewsp. 168
Other Gestapo Men Explainp. 169
Albert Speer Speaksp. 170
Hitler's Theoriesp. 171
On the Aryanp. 173
About the Jewp. 174
The Jews in Hitler's Mental Worldp. 175
Politics and Musicp. 176
The Nazi Programp. 185
The Nazi Programp. 187
The Lebensborn Movementp. 190
Euthanasiap. 192
For Twins of Auschwitz, Time to Unlock Secretsp. 194
IV. What does the Holocaust Reveal About the Individual and Society?p. 199
A Doctor for the Nazis Remembersp. 201
From a Doctor's Diaryp. 203
Kim, Cabin Boy and Seamanp. 205
Bernard Lichtenberg, Prelatep. 207
The World Was Silentp. 209
Nazi Brutality to Jewsp. 220
2,000,000 Murdersp. 222
The Righteous Danesp. 224
A Congressman Speaks for Minority Rightsp. 225
Thirty-Eight Witnessesp. 226
Twentieth-Century Manp. 229
Man As Aggressorp. 231
People Are Really Good At Heartp. 233
The Decent and the Indecentp. 234
Behavior Under Stressp. 235
Music Out of Painp. 237
Peat Bog Soldiersp. 237
Ani Ma'aminp. 238
Jewish Partisan Songp. 238
Children's Writingsp. 239
We Got Used top. 239
I'd Like to Go Alonep. 239
It All Depends on How You Look at Itp. 240
Homesickp. 240
The Butterflyp. 241
The Gardenp. 242
The Behavior of the Victimsp. 243
The Warsaw Ghettop. 247
"If You Could Lick My Heart..."p. 250
On Resistancep. 254
Resistance in the Concentration Campsp. 258
Why So Little Resistance?p. 262
Were Hitler's Henchmen Mad?p. 264
Hangmanp. 266
Schindler's Listp. 271
V. Aftermathp. 277
The Uprootedp. 279
Kibbutz Buchenwaldp. 280
On the Genocide Conventionp. 283
The Nuremberg Trialsp. 285
The Sentences Imposed by the International Military Tribunalp. 291
State of Israel Proclamation of Independencep. 292
Dachau: Munich Suburbp. 295
A Visit to Auschwitzp. 297
Holocaust Museum Dedicated in Payment to Deadp. 298
Stefan: The Suffererp. 302
VI. Could It Happen Again?p. 307
Parallels in Literature and Lifep. 309
Utopia: The Controlled Societyp. 311
The All-Powerful Statep. 317
Babi Yarp. 319
If We Must Diep. 322
Why There Has Never Been a Humane Societyp. 323
On Blind Faithp. 324
Sold to Louisianap. 326
Slaughter of the Innocentsp. 328
Mass Murderp. 330
The Armenians: An Example of Genocidep. 332
Instructions to All Persons of Japanese Ancestryp. 334
Kiyoshi Hirabayashi v. United Statesp. 337
The Greatest Trauma of Allp. 341
Ominous Signsp. 345
Voyages of the Damnedp. 347
Obedience to Authorityp. 350
Visa Is Sweet Sorrow to a Soviet Couplep. 353
The Occurrence Is Past; The Phenomenon Remainsp. 356
Erasing the Holocaustp. 359
Ominous Signs and Unspeakable Thoughtsp. 362
Montana Outrage Stalls Skinheadsp. 364
Excerpt from Gentlehandsp. 367
Massacre at Wounded Knee--1890p. 371
Si Lewen: The Man and His Artp. 376
Excerpts from A Journeyp. 379
Dear Teacherp. 388
Glossary of Termsp. 389
Indexp. 392