Germany 's War And The Holocaust : Disputed Histories

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Julia Katzman
December 4, 2014
History of War Professor Nolan
Book Review #2

Evaluating History
Bartov, Omer. Germany 's War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003. Kindle.

For decades, historians and citizens have struggled to grasp the relationship between the German army and the mass murders committed during the Holocaust. These questions have persisted since the concentration camps were liberated and the extent of the atrocities committed during World War II were revealed. Omer Bartov provides a myriad of scholarly interpretations in his fifth book, Germany’s War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories. In this work, Bartov provides a historical and scholarly discourse on the German army and its institutionalization of mass murder. Overall, Bartov’s book is well supported through his extensive use of secondary material and his ability to appropriately characterize specific nations’ reactions to historical Holocaust assertions. However, Bartov’s lack of primary documents, exaggerated critiques, and organizational flaws detract from his expressed thesis. These deficiencies cause his work to read more as a disjointed series of book reviews, rather than a single, unified statement. Omer Bartov separates his analysis into three different sections, each of which comments upon prominent issues in Holocaust scholarship. His first section discusses the nature of the German army on the Eastern Front during World War II, where
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