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The Element


Short of Time?

I’m sure that I shouldn’t but I’m afraid I really do find it hard to find time to read many books during the school term and what I do read is pretty closely tied to lesson preparation. Of course I have a novel on the bedside table but I usually manage maybe two pages before I lapse into unconsciousness at the end of a busy day. Needless to say it takes me a long time to complete a book. So the idea of settling down and reading a book you find in the Practical & Motivational/Self Help categories on Amazon would not ordinarily be that appealing! Anyway, ‘The Element‘ was recommended to me by a friend and I’m glad she did.

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Sources of the Holocaust

There are countless texts available for students of the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. However of all the books on the market the series edited by J. Noakes and G. Pridham have been my most regular source of primary material for A level classes over the last ten years. The documents and commentaries are first class. Always on the lookout for alternative materials I was pleased recently to come across a similarly formatted and, in my opinion, equally impressive book devoted entirely to the Jewish Holocaust (1939-1945). Sources of the Holocaust edited by Steve Hochstadt is rapidly becoming my first stop when looking for documents that provide a clear insight into the chilling events of the 30s and 40s. Particularly interesting are the sections on ‘The Context of Christian Antisemitism’ and ‘The Creation of Monsters in Germany: Jews and Others’. In twenty eight pages of fascinating documents the reader is guided through the development of antisemitism from the writing of the Gospel According to St. Matthew to the murder of a Polish labourer named Konrad Pietzuch in August 1932. A gripping introduction to an excellent study that should be on the shelves of every history department.

Hochstadt, Steve. Sources of the Holocaust. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Print. (£19.99)

ISBN 978-0-333-96345-6