New Books Network

Peter Fritzsche, “Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich” (Basic Books, 2020)
We’ve grown to understand in the past few weeks how worlds can change in just a few days.  Peter Fritzsche‘s new book Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (Basic Books, 2020) is an extraordinary examination of how, in just a few months, Germans got used to... Read More
Great Books: Hillary Chute on Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”
 Art Spiegelman’s Maus is the story of an American cartoonist’s efforts to uncover and record his father’s story of survival of the Holocaust. It is also a cartoon, where the Jews are mice, the Nazis cats, the Poles dogs, and the French, well, you’ll have to read it. It’s a... Read More
Eva van Roekel, “Phenomenal Justice: Violence and Morality in Argentina” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
In Phenomenal Justice: Violence and Morality in Argentina (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Eva van Roekel grounds her research in phenomenological anthropology and the anthropology of emotion to offer readers a novel and compelling perspective on justice proceedings in the aftermath of historical crimes against humanity. Van Roekel approaches the question:... Read More
Steven Ross and Wolf Gruner, “New Perspectives on Kristallnacht” (Purdue UP, 2019)
It’s possible to organize a 20th-century German history course around the date 9 November. In 1918, Phillipp Schedemann proclaimed the creation of a new German Republic. In 1989, 9 November saw the opening of the Berlin Wall. In between, in 1938, Kristallnacht began on the night of 9 November. Krystallnacht,... Read More
Alex J. Kay and David Stahel, “Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe” (Indiana UP, 2018)
Alex J. Kay (senior lecturer in History at the University of Potsdam) and David Stahel (senior lecturer in History at the University of New South Wales in Canberra) have edited a groundbreaking series of articles on German mass killing and violence during World War II. Four years in the making,... Read More
Wulf Gruner, “The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia: Czech Initiatives, German Policies, Jewish Responses” (Berghahn Books, 2019)
Holocaust research tends to concentrate on certain geographic regions. We know much about the Holocaust in Poland, Germany and Western Europe. We are learning more and more about the ‘Holocaust by Bullets’ in the territories of the Soviet Union. This is obviously a good thing. But that emphasis leaves us... Read More
Jennifer Cazenave, “An Archive of the Catastrophe: The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah” (SUNY Press, 2019)
Jennifer Cazenave’s An Archive of the Catastrophe: The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah (SUNY Press, 2019) is a fascinating analysis of the 220 hours of outtakes edited out of the final nine and a half-hour 1985 film with which listeners and readers might be familiar. Well known around the... Read More