Encyclopedia of the Holocaust

Edited by Robert Rozett & Shmuel Spector
August 2009
Yad Vashem Jerusalem
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.

ISBN: 9780816043330
528 pages
, Illustrated
$98.50 Hardcover

Combining essays (ranging in length from 4 to more than 15 pages) with encyclopedia entries, this reference work offers student and adult researchers a comprehensive look at the Holocaust. The eight essays, covering a variety of Holocaust-related topics, were all written by scholars associated with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Israel. Covering topics such as different aspects of European Jewry, the Nazi rise to power, the Allies, and the aftermath of the Holocaust, the essays are written in a very readable style. Unfortunately, the dense text and few photographs make them appear otherwise. Words in capital letters indicate entries in the encyclopedia portion of the volume.

The encyclopedia contains more than 650 alphabetical entries covering famous, infamous, and unfamiliar people; places, such as countries and concentration camps; events, including death marches and Kristallnacht; and concepts, such as Art of the Holocaust , Aryanization , and Final Solution . The entries vary in length from one paragraph to several pages and, like the essays, are readable for students. Captioned black-and-white photographs, totaling more than 300, appear on many of the pages. Most are of people, but some illustrate documents and places. Words and phrases within the text, printed in capital letters, indicate other entries in the encyclopedia.

The volume includes a day-by-day chronology from 1933 to 1945, a bibliography arranged by subject, and an index. The bibliography contains mainly adult titles, many of which will not be accessible for younger high-school students who could be using the volume. Bolface numbers in the index denote encyclopedia entries.

The contributing scholars have managed to make the information accessible to many age groups. This volume is written in a style that will make it useful for high-school students looking for information on various aspects of the Holocaust, and even the adult researcher will find in-depth nformation on most Holocaust topics.


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