Contemporary Church History Quarterly Volume 18, Number 4 (December 2012) Conference Report: Holocaust Scholarship: Personal Trajectories, Professional Interpretations, Capetown, South Africa, 20-22 August 2012 By Doris Bergen, University of Toronto This conference, sponsored by the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research…
The incident Doris Bergen uses to highlight her main research interest took place in Ukraine in 1941. The Germans had just broken the non-aggression pact with Stalin and had rolled into the Soviet Union hell bent on global domination.
Doris Fromberg is Professor and Chairperson, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Hofstra University. Doris Bergen is Professor and Director of the Center for Human Development, Learning, and Teaching at Miami University of Ohio.
Doris Bergen's War and Genocide is a jewel of a book that addresses students, specialists, and the general public alike. Her clear analysis of the development of the genocide is combined with an extraordinary and broad view of the actions and experiences of those involved. She not only covers the history of Nazi perpetrators and their policies but also pays careful attention to the experience of Jewish victims as well as the varied social groups targeted for persecution including women, homosexual men, Roma, the disabled and others. In addition, her nuanced attention to visual and cultural sources further models how a critical history of the Holocaust can be written. -- Paul B. Jaskot, DePaul University The revisions undertaken by Doris Bergen for this new edition of War and Genocide make an excellent book even better. Instructors and students will appreciate the expanded coverage of crucial questions such as collaboration, developments in the Soviet Union, the fate of Roma under Nazi rule, and post-1945 ramifications of the Holocaust, all of which have been subjects of much recent research. Up-to-date and comprehensive, War and Genocide remains the ideal introduction to an enormously complex and challenging subject. -- Alan E. Steinweis, University of Vermont War and Genocide provides a concise, careful, and engaging discussion of the Holocaust. Written by a master teacher-a scholar who understands undergraduate readers-it anticipates questions and challenges students to think critically through common misconceptions about the past. War and Genocide is the most valuable resource that I have for conveying the complexity and nuance of the Holocaust. -- Tatjana Lichtenstein, The University of Texas at Austin Balanced and comprehensive, this third edition of Doris Bergen's masterly book accomplishes several tasks that few other works on the Holocaust can claim to have achieved: it is meticulously researched, entirely up to date, and highly readable. It sets the Holocaust within a wide framework of origins and wartime events without losing sight of its particular horror and distinct features, and it understands the Holocaust as an assault on humanity that encompassed not only Jews but whole other categories of human beings, not least the handicapped, the Roma, and Soviet prisoners of war. War and Genocide is certain to become essential reading for all students of the last century's darkest era. -- Omer Bartov, Brown University, author of Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine