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Historical dictionary of the Holocaust /
Jack R. Fischel.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 2010.
description
liv, 349 p. : ill.
ISBN
0810867745 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780810867741 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 2010.
isbn
0810867745 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780810867741 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7259773
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-02-01:
Fischel's work on behalf of Holocaust studies is well known and respected. Yet, although considerable effort went into the second edition of this dictionary (1st, CH, Dec'99, 37-1919), it is neither as authoritative nor as sophisticated as one might hope. Did Nazi Germany annex Austria in February 1938 (p. xxxii) or in March 1938 (p. 9)? Was the proposed Jewish reservation in eastern Poland called the Lublin Plan (p. xxxiii) or the Nisko Plan (p. 184-5)? While not as serious, other representations of fact are irksome. Did the Nuremberg Laws strip Jews of their German citizenship (p. xxxii), or did they establish a parallel and more prestigious "Reich citizenship" that excluded non-Aryans? Does the town of Oswi^D,ecim reside in Upper Silesia (p. xxxvi), or is it situated within the western fringe of Galicia? Meanwhile, the book's English-language bibliography, while generally good, fails to mention any title by Gerhard Weinberg and excludes the second of Saul Friedlander's two-volume Nazi Germany and the Jews (v. 1, CH, May'97, 34-5252; v.2, CH, Mar'08, 45-4001). That set is regarded by many as the best Holocaust history available in English. Although this dictionary by Fischel (Messiah College) is useful--the field of Holocaust studies can only benefit from compact sources of information--it has some deficiencies. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. C. P. Vincent Keene State College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-10-15:
This second expanded and updated edition from Fischel (history, emeritus, Millersville Univ.; humanities, visiting, Messiah Coll.) offers an updated chronology, an introductory essay, and over 400 cross-referenced entries. A useful and accessible work, the volume provides a concise presentation of the concepts, individuals (both Jewish and non-Jewish), and events that occurred in, impacted, and were impacted by the Holocaust. Written for nonspecialists, the narrative introduction provides a historic context for the materials and information presented in the alphabetically arranged entries. Whether accessed for brief information or as a jumping-off point for further research, it will impart knowledge from a wide range of areas related to the Holocaust. The bibliography itself makes this work worthwhile for a scholarly or research collection, presenting materials organized into 40 different types and topics. High school students and advanced middle-school students will also benefit from the brief yet informative entries presented in an approachable manner. BOTTOM LINE This work is beneficial to any collection needing concise coverage of all aspects of the Holocaust that otherwise might only be found in large, scholarly works.-Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Fischel's important work will guide readers through the maze of names, places, acronyms, events and concepts that made up the horrifying world of the Holocaust...highly recommended for all libraries.
Fischel's work on behalf of Holocaust studies is well known and respected....Recommended.
Fischel's work on behalf of Holocaust studies is well known and respected....Summing Up: Recommended.
There are many in-depth books that have been written about the holocaust. What this dictionary does is to provide a broad overview of the development of the holocaust, the countries, places and people involved on all sides. Extensive lists of further reading and research give the reader a platform from which to examine these topics in more depth if they wish. This book would be useful for history, politics and sociology collections.
This second expanded and updated edition from Fischel (history, emeritus, Millersville Univ.; humanities, visiting, Messiah Coll.) offers an updated chronology, an introductory essay, and over 400 cross-referenced entries. A useful and accessible work, the volume provides a concise presentation of the concepts, individuals (both Jewish and non-Jewish), and events that occurred in, impacted, and were impacted by the Holocaust. Written for nonspecialists, the narrative introduction provides a historic context for the materials and information presented in the alphabetically arranged entries. Whether accessed for brief information or as a jumping-off point for further research, it will impart knowledge from a wide range of areas related to the Holocaust. The bibliography itself makes this work worthwhile for a scholarly or research collection, presenting materials organized into 40 different types and topics. High school students and advanced middle-school students will also benefit from the brief yet informative entries presented in an approachable manner. BOTTOM LINE This work is beneficial to any collection needing concise coverage of all aspects of the Holocaust that otherwise might only be found in large, scholarly works.
This volume will be extremely valuable to the college student researching the Holocaust, to any teacher or librarian, and even to the Holocaust scholar needing a quick reference source. More than 400 dictionary entries cover both historical and contemporary subjects, including people; events; places (countries, ghettos, concentration camps); documents; and thematic topics, such as Art and the Holocaust. Entries vary in length from one sentence to several pages. Headings appear in bold capitals, with alternate names in parentheses, where appropriate. References to other entries that appear within the text are also in bold;other cross-references appear as see and see also references at the end of an entry. This formatting allows easy access to related topics. One of the most interesting entries is Euphemisms, which describes some of the language used by the Nazis to disguise their true actions. Other features of the book include a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology dating from 1879 (the coining of the term anti-Semitism) to 2009, a thorough introduction, and a few black-and-white photographs....The introduction provides readers with valuable historical background. An extensive bibliography includes books, articles, films, and websites. Public and academic libraries will want to have this volume available as part of their Holocaust collections.
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Summaries
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The Holocaust was perpetrated by the Nazis as a means of eliminating the Jews from the planet. It was an unprecedented event in history, inasmuch as a nation state had never before targeted an entire people for extinction. Yet, more than half a century later, there is a tendency to forget, if not to relativize, the Nazi extermination campaign against the Jews. More insidiously, a vicious effort is being made in limited circles to deny the Holocaust. The Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust is another reminder of what happened to the Jews and other victims of Nazi Germany's genocidal policies. In the years since the publication of the first edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust a significant amount of scholarship has been published. The second edition expands upon the first with an updated chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant events, personalities, issues, and films and literature_because much of the public derive their understanding of the Holocaust from the arts. Libraries will find this book to be an indispensable research tool.

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