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Legislating the Holocaust: The Loesener Memoirs and Other Documents [Paperback]

By Karl A. Schleunes (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Westview Press
ISBN  0813337755  
EAN  9780813337753  

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From April 1933 to early 1943, Bernard Loesener served as the official "Jewish Expert" in the German Third Reich's Ministry of the Interior, the government body responsible for the Nazi's legislative assault on German Jewry. In that role, he personally drafted much of the legislation, the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 preeminently, that gradually dispossessed, disenfranchised, and dehumanized the Jews of Nazi Germany. During the first six years of Nazi rule, the seminal period of government-sponsored anti-Semitism, Loesener kept the minutes of many crucial, high-level, inter-ministerial conferences concerned with the "Jewish Question." As observer and participant, his experiences were virtually unparalleled. In 1950, Loesener penned a memoir that sought to explain, and justify, his actions during the ten-year escalation of Nazi oppression that resulted, to Loesener's professed horror, in the Final Solution. It was published in 1961, in German, by the journal "Vierteljahrshefte fuer Zeitgeschichte." It has never before appeared in English, until now - in "Legislating the Holocaust."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karl A. Schleunes is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy Toward German Jews, 1933-1939. He is currently working on a book on the German background to the Holocaust which is to be part of series titled "A Comprehensive History Holocaust" sponsored by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Institute in Jerusalem.

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A stark and revealing insight into the banality of evil  Dec 10, 2001
Ably translated by Carol Scherer and edited by Karl Schleunes, Legislating The Holocaust: The Bernhard Loesener Memoirs And Supporting Documents is the direct, recorded testimony of Bernhard Loesener. This is the man who personally drafted much of the legislation that disenfranchised and dehumanized the Jews of Nazi Germany. He also kept the minutes of inter-ministerial conferences concerned with the "Jewish Question." In 1950, Bernhard Loesener penned a memoir in which he sought to explain and justify his actions, as well as professing his horror of the Final Solution to which he so thoroughly and directly contributed. First published in 1961, Loesener's memoir has never appeared in English until now. Also included are an introduction and lengthy notes by editor Karl A. Schleunes, as well as Loesener's testimony before the Nuremberg Tribunal. An invaluable contribution to Holocaust studies and reference collections, Legislating The Holocaust is a stark and revealing insight into the banality of evil, and the bureaucratic mechanics of facilitating mass murder.

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