Debates on the Holocaust

By Tom Lawson

Debates on the Holocaust

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7449-3
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: October 2010
  • BIC Category: Modern History, History, Humanities / The Holocaust, The Holocaust, Second World War, History, Europe, c 1940 to c 1949, HISTORY / Historiography, HISTORY / Holocaust, Humanities / Historiography
  • Series: Issues in Historiography


Debates on the Holocaust is the first attempt to survey the development of Holocaust historiography for a generation. It analyses the development of history writing on the destruction of the European Jews from just before the end of the Second World War to the present day, and argues forcefully that history writing is as much about the present as it is the past. The book guides the reader through the major debates in Holocaust historiography and shows how all of these controversies are as much products of their own time as they are attempts to uncover the past.

Debates on the Holocaust will appeal to sixth form and undergraduate students and their teachers, Holocaust historians and anyone interested in either the destruction of the European Jews or in the process by which we access and understand the past.


1. 'The Theory and Practice of Hell': Post-War Interpretations of the Genocide of the Jews
2. 'Eichmann in Jerusalem': War Crimes Prosecutions and the Emergence of Holocaust Metanarratives
3. 'The Deputy': Bystanders to the Holocaust
4. 'The Realisation of the Unthinkable': Searching for the Origins of the Final Solution
5. 'National Socialist Extermination Policies': The End of the Cold War and the Breakdown of Holocaust Metanarratives
6. Ordinary Men: Re-thinking the Politics of Perpetrators History
7. 'Like Sheep to the Slaughter': Debates on Jewish Responses to Nazism
8. 'Holocaust Testimonies': The Ruins of Memory and Holocaust Historiography
Guide to Further Reading


Tom Lawson is Reader in Modern History at the University of Winchester

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