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Volume 18, No.1 / Fall 2004            
Yehuda Bauer, Historian of the Holocaust (Part 1)


Section 1
Memory of a Boyhood
A History of the Holocaust
Section 2
Portrait of an Historian
Second Issue

     Over the last quarter century, the Holocaust has become the subject of an ever-growing body of research.  Holocaust educational centers have proliferated in the United States and other parts of the world.  Scores of guides for teaching the Holocaust have been created, and memoirs of Holocaust survivors continue to appear.   For teachers who are just beginning to become acquainted with this subject, the subject may seem overwhelming.  Also, teachers, who have worked with Holocaust material in their classrooms for many years, often feel that the more they know the less they know of the subject because of the continual appearance of new research and teaching aides.          

     Yehuda Bauer’s A History of the Holocaust, Revised Edition (2001) is an excellent book for teachers to begin investigating the subject, with all levels of background in the subject.  Dr. Bauer’s History provides a comprehensive overview of the Holocaust, 1933-1945, along with relevant maps and statistical information.  In addition to chronicling the events of the Nazi era, Bauer considers the origins and legacy of Nazism.   As Dr. Bauer explains in the “Preface”:

[W]e have to start with the history, and the history has to be placed in the proper context.  Therefore, we must first look backward to the history of the Jewish people and their relationship to the non-Jewish world, and to antisemitism in ancient, medieval, and modern times.  The period of the Holocaust itself is understood in this book to be essentially the period of 1933 to 1945.  However, because the immediate after-effects of the Holocaust—the events of 1945 to 1948 and the establishment of the State of Israel—are equally pertinent; the immediate political, demographic, and sociological consequences are also included and, in this edition, broadened.  (14)

     The next two issues of Dimensions Online highlight the life of Dr. Yehuda Bauer and his work over the last four decades. His research and methodology are incorporated in A History of the Holocaust, Revised Edition.  Also found in his History are ideas for the themes, documents and maps that are essential for teaching about the Holocaust.  

This is the first issue. It divides into two principal sections:
    I. An Introduction to Dr. Bauer focusing on his latest publication A History of the Holocaust (Revised Edition)

    II. A Portrait of the historian Yehuda Bauer

The second issue, to be published in the winter, will also divide into two sections:
    III. Stories of Jewish Rescuers who Negotiated with the Nazis

    IV. Classroom Applications Integrating Yehuda Bauer’s Materials and Methodology



Dimensions Online
Volume 18, No. 1, Fall 2004
Yehuda Bauer

Volume 17, No. 2, Fall 2003
Using Testimonies for Researching and Teaching about the Holocaust--Part II

Volume 17, No.1, Spring 2003
Using Testimonies for Researching and Teaching about the Holocaust-- Part I

Volume 16, No. 1, Fall 2002
Remembrance and Commemoration of Two Catastrophes: September 11th and the Holocaust

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