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War and Genocide by Doris L. Bergen
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Jan 15, 2009

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I read this because I had to. All in all it was a good introduction to the Holocaust. The writer definitely has an agenda. Blame it on Nazi ideology; also raise the question of why did so many people acquiesce; include information about targeted groups that were not Jewish, such as JWs, Roma, and homosexuals. Fine, but unfortunately the concise nature of the book doesn't allow her to defend her positions very well. Therefore, I wonder whether the kind of concise history she is trying to create isn't an oxymoron.

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Alan Overholser What agenda? What would be the primary reason for the Holocaust, if not the ideology of the Nazis? There are certainly other circumstantial factors that made it possible, but of course the primary cause will be the motives of the perpetrators.

Jocelyn Right. I said her agenda was fine. I liked the book but I'm not sure she can adequately deal with such a huge agenda in it.

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