|Title||:||Why Did The Heavens Not Darken?: The "Final Solution" In History|
|Number of Pages||:||508 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Why Did The Heavens Not Darken?: The "Final Solution" In History Reviews
"Why Did the Heavens Not Darken?"" is a moving, powerful history of the Final Solution enforced by Nazi Germany against the Jewish population of Europe during the Second World War. Arno Mayer offers an interesting, if controversial, look at the Holocaust as part of the overall history of Hitler's rise to power and the war that followed. He asserts that while Hitler was always anti-semitic, the actual plans for the destruction of European Jewry developed over time -- from the loss of civil rights, to segregation to the ghettos, to outright extermination -- particularly after the German invasion of the Soviet Union began to unravel. Mayer's conclusions may be open to discussion, but his synopsis of the facts of what he calls the Judeocide are solidly documented. This is not a light book by any means -- the sheer horror of the concentration/extermination camp system is a chilling experience to read about. However, while the subject is difficult to digest, I firmly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about one of the darkest moments of human history.
This was a course required book, which we were then forced to write a ten page paper exploring Mayers main arguments. I feel that even after reading & writing about this book that I still do not fully comprehend Mayers thesis. My personal take on the book is that it explores the Holocaust in a very dry, personally opinionated manner which he chooses to not back up with annotated facts. The reading would be much more pleasurable if you could in turn read some sources he used.
Are you serious Mayer? Not a footnote for all of us left wondering where someone could come up with these ideas? Not even one? I know functionalism is in vogue, but really. Oh and the Final Solution was put into practice when Germany was winning the war in Russia, so that sort of invalidates a few things.
had a great time reading about the holocaust in the opening days of my winter break.