National Socialism and the Holocaust

The Holocaust


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A casual overview of this period in European history reveals an unmistakable connection between the events in Russia and the events in Germany after World War I. Therefore this group is intended to compliment the study in the Stalinism, the Russian Revolution and Civil War Study Group and the World War II Study Group.

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Reading Schedule

Part 1 – Legacy of the Past

Part 2 – The Failure of Democracy

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
Part 3 – The Rise of Nazism

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4

Part 4 – Towards The Seizure of Power

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
Part 5 – Creating the Third Reich

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4

Part 6 – Hitler’s Cultural Revolution

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4

Reading List For The National Socialism And The Holocaust Study Group

I have tried to include books with a broad scope and have tried to order them in a meaningful way and disperse the subjects.

  • Complete World War II Reading List
  • Complete Holocaust Reading List

Study Group Reading List

  1. The History of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans (3 vols)
    The Coming of the Third Reich 
    The Third Reich in Power 
    The Third Reich at War 
  2. The History of Europe in the Interwar Years by Zara Steiner (2 vols)
    The Lights that Failed 
    The Triumph of the Dark 
  3. Nazi Germany and the Jews by Saul Friedlander (2 vols)
    The Years of Persecution 1933-1939

    The Years of Extermination, 1939-1945
  4. I Will Bear Witness by Victor Klemperer (2 vols)
    Volume 1: A Diary of the Nazi Years: 1933-1941 

    Volume 2: A Diary of the Nazi Years: 1942-1945
  5. Hitler: A Biography by Ian Kershaw (2 vols)
    Volume 1: Hubris
    Volume 2: Nemesis
  6. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann
  7. Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Götz Aly
  8. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
  9. The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945 by Nicholas Stargardt
  10. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust by Jeffrey Herf
  11. Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany by Robert Gellately
  12. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze
  13. The Dark Heart of Hitler’s Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland under the General Government by Martin Winstone
  14. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes
  15. Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus by Waitman Wade Beorn
  16. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
  17. The Third Reich in History and Memory by Richard J. Evans
  18. Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic by Sharon Gillerman
  19. Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence by Christopher Dillon
  20. Networks of Nazi Persecution: Bureaucracy, Business and the Organization of the Holocaust by Gerald D. Feldman
  21. Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm
  22. Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
  23. Chełmno and the Holocaust: The History of Hitler’s First Death Camp by Patrick Montague
  24. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
  25. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps by Yitzhak Arad
  26. Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany by Nathan Stoltzfus
  27. Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees
  28. Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization by Alex J. Kay, Jeff Rutherford and David Stahel
  29. Nazi Hunger Politics: A History of Food in the Third Reich by Gesine Gerhard
  30. Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front: The German Infantry’s War, 1941-1944 by Jeff Rutherford
  31. Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest by Edward B. Westermann
  32. Hitler’s Geographies: The Spatialities of the Third Reich by Paolo Giaccaria (Editor), Claudio Minca (Editor)
  33. Holocaust City: The Making of a Jewish Ghetto by Tim Cole
  34. Holocaust Landscapes by Tim Cole
  35. Geographies of the Holocaust by Anne Kelly Knowles (Editor), Tim Cole (Editor), Alberto Giordano (Editor)
  36. The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective by Carroll Kakel
  37. Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany by Marion A. Kaplan
  38. The Order of Terror by Wolfgang Sofsky
  39. The Nazi Party 1919-1945: A Complete History by Dietrich Orlow
  40. Jewish Forced Labor Under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938–1944 by Wolf Gruner
  41. The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda by David Welch
  42. Female SS Guards and Workaday Violence: The Majdanek Concentration Camp, 1942-1944 by Elissa Mailänder
  43. The Deutsche Bank and the Nazi Economic War against the Jews: The Expropriation of Jewish-Owned Property by Harold James