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The Holocaust in the Soviet Union, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union, 0803220596, 0-8032-2059-6, 978-0-8032-2059-1, 9780803220591, Yitzhak Arad Translated by Ora Cummings, Comprehensive History of the Holocaust, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union, 080322270X, 0-8032-2270-X, 978-0-8032-2270-0, 9780803222700, Yitzhak Arad Translated by Ora Cummings, Comprehensive History of the Holocaust, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union, 080324519X, 0-8032-4519-X, 978-0-8032-4519-8, 9780803245198, Yitzhak Arad Translate

The Holocaust in the Soviet Union
Yitzhak Arad
Translated by Ora Cummings

2009. 720 pp.
1 map, 7 tables
$50.00 s
Out of Print
2013. 720 pp.
$40.00 s

Published by the University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

The Holocaust in the Soviet Union is the most complete account to date of the Soviet Jews during the World War II and the Holocaust (1941–45). Reports, records, documents, and research previously unavailable in English enable Yitzhak Arad to trace the Holocaust in the German-occupied territories of the Soviet Union through three separate periods in which German political and military goals in the occupied territories dictated the treatment of the Jews. Arad’s examination of the differences between the Holocaust in the Soviet Union compared to other European nations reveals how Nazi ideological attacks on the Soviet Union, which included war on “Judeo-Bolshevism,” led to harsher treatment of Jews in the Soviet Union than in most other occupied territories.

This historical narrative presents a wealth of information from German, Russian, and Jewish archival sources that will be invaluable to scholars, researchers, and the general public for years to come.

Yitzhak Arad served as the director of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Authority, from 1972 to 1993. He is now retired but continues to research and write about the Holocaust. He is the author or editor of several books, including Documents on the Holocaust: Selected Sources on the Destruction of the Jews of Germany and Austria, Poland, and the Soviet Union, 8th edition (Nebraska 1999); Ponary Diary, 1941–1943: A Bystander's Account of a Mass Murder; and Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps.

"A significant contribution to the continuous effort of scholars to fathom the phenomenon known as 'The Holocaust.'" —Jewish Book World

"[The Holocaust in the Soviet Union] is a magisterial work of great significance. Particularly for readers more familiar with the Holocaust in western Europe and occupied Poland, there is a great deal to learn from it."Maarten Pereboom, Shofar

"This book is a supreme achievement and an essential work for all Holocaust libraries."Hallie Cantor, Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

"A masterful synthesis. . . . This study provides a much-needed panoramic view in a field that has produced mostly regional and microstudies in the past two decades. . . . Arad's remarkable tome has both an encyclopedic as well as broad-brush quality to it that makes it required reading in Holocaust Studies."Bradley D. Woodworth, Russian Review

"Arad's book constitutes a welcome and valuable contribution to Holocaust scholarship."Šarūnas Liekis, Journal of Baltic Studies

"Yitzhak Arad has produced a notable work that is particularly valuable for its comprehensive documentation of Nazi crimes over a large geographic area."Waitman W. Beorn, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Winner of the 2009 National Jewish Book Award in the Writing Based on Archival Material category.
Named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine.

The publication of this series was made possible by the generous gift of the Ike and Roz Friedman Family Foundation, in loving memory of Ike Friedman and Janis Friedman Yale and all those who perished in the Holocaust.

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