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Hitler's shadow war : the Holocaust and World War II
McKale, Donald M., 1943-
Personal Author:
First Cooper square press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Cooper Square Press : Distributed by National Book Network, 2002.
Physical Description:
xvii, 541 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Germany and the rise of Hitler -- 2. The Nazi revolution and German Jews, 1933 -- 3. The revolution ends? Between anti-Jewish violence and legislation, 1933-36 -- 4. Foreign aggression and the "Jewish question, " 1936-38 -- 5. The final steps to war and intensification of Jewish persecution, 1938-39 -- 6. The beginning of racial war, 1939-40 -- 7. Expanding the racial war, 1940 -- 8. The racial war in the east, 1941 -- 9. Repercussions of the war and decision for the final solution -- 10. The killing centers and deportations of Polish Jewry, 1942 -- 11. Attempted revolts, Auschwitz, and the beginning deportations of European Jewry, 1942 -- 12. Growing Jewish resistance and continued deportations, 1943 -- 13. Expansion of Auschwitz, Allied victories, and more deportations, 1943-44 -- 14. The final solution amid German defeat, 1944-45 -- 15. Bystanders: the world and the Holocaust, 1942-44 -- 16. Rescue, relief, and war crimes trials -- 17. The perpetrators: types, motives, and the post-war era -- 18. The victims: destruction, resistance, and memory -- 19. Learning from the Holocaust.
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Many historians view the Holocaust as a consequence or by-product of the horrific brutality that occurred in World War II. This volume contends the opposite: that the war was a direct result, not the cause, of Hitler's racial persecution and genocidal programme. When Nazis confiscated Jewish bank accounts and businesses, for example, those assets were used to finance Germany's rearmament. Toward the end of the war, when Germany desperately needed trains for the war effort, Hitler instead used the railroads to ship Jews to their death, at great expense to the military. World War II acted as a veil behind which Hitler implemented his plans for systematic mass murder.

Author Notes

Donald M. McKale, the Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Humanities in the History Department at Clemson University, is the author of numerous books He lives in Clemson, South Carolina

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Booklist Review

In this meticulously researched book, McKale posits that Hitler and his fellow Nazis used the war in Europe as a cover for the real war they meant to fight. This was a "shadow war," he contends, in which Hitler would murder millions of Jews in Europe and Asia and eventually elsewhere in the world. McKale points out that the huge resources Germany used to carry out the "war against the Jews" could have been used to fight against the Western allies and the Soviet Union. McKale examines why, among all the racial, political, and other groups that Hitler despised and persecuted, he singled out the Jews for his greatest hatred. He surveys the steadily increasing yet "twisted road" of Nazi persecution of the German Jews before 1939. For anyone seeking to come to terms with the depravity of the Holocaust, this book will be required reading. --George Cohen

Choice Review

McKale's book is a stunning achievement that will be read eagerly by students and scholars of the Holocaust. Experts may quibble over details and interpretations, but the author has produced the most comprehensive and balanced single volume on the subject. McKale (Clemson Univ.) starts with the rise of Hitler and ends with the postwar search for justice, compensation, and an understanding of the horrors of the period. Proceeding in chronological order, the author traces the application of the so-called final solution throughout Europe and relates it to the other war, the military conflict, which he regards as an integral part of the Nazi leaders' primary concern, the annihilation of the Jews. In clear language McKale summarizes the latest scholarship and provides forceful and judicious historical interpretations. The book contains a useful list of abbreviations and special terms at the beginning; excellent, though not overburdened, endnotes; and a decent if not completely thorough index. If readers at any level, or any library, were to purchase one book on the Holocaust, Hitler's Shadow War would be the recommended choice. ^BSumming Up: Essential. For all levels/collections. M. Swartz University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviations and Special Termsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1. Germany and the Rise of Hitlerp. 11
2. The Nazi Revolution and German Jews, 1933p. 36
3. The Revolution Ends? Between Anti-Jewish Violence and Legislation, 1933-1936p. 60
4. Foreign Aggression and the "Jewish Question," 1936-1938p. 80
5. The Final Steps to War and Intensification of Jewish Persecution, 1938-1939p. 97
6. The Beginning of Racial War, 1939-1940p. 126
7. Expanding the Racial War, 1940p. 159
8. The Racial War in the East, 1941p. 182
9. Repercussions of the War and Decision for the Final Solutionp. 206
10. The Killing Centers and Deportations of Polish Jewry, 1942p. 241
11. Attempted Revolts, Auschwitz, and the Beginning Deportations of European Jewry, 1942p. 277
12. Growing Jewish Resistance and Continued Deportations, 1943p. 308
13. Expansion of Auschwitz, Allied Victories, and More Deportations, 1943-1944p. 330
14. The Final Solution amid German Defeat, 1944-1945p. 364
15. Bystanders: The World and the Holocaust, 1942-1944p. 387
16. Rescue, Relief, and War Crimes Trialsp. 408
17. The Perpetrators: Types, Motives, and the Postwar Erap. 428
18. The Victims: Destruction, Resistance, and Memoryp. 454
19. Learning from the Pastp. 473
Endnotesp. 479
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 507
Indexp. 521
About the Authorp. 541