David Cesarani's Final Solution is an intelligent and thought-provoking short history of the Holocaust. Not only does David Cesarani draw together and engage with the latest scholarly research, making extensive use of previously untapped resources such as diaries and letters from within the ghettos and camps (many of them in Polish or Yiddish and therefore previously largely inaccessible to Anglo-American scholars) but by adopting a rigorously Judeocentric approach the whole narrative of the march to genocide and its aftermath the book presents a subtly different timeline which casts afresh the horror of the period and engenders a significant re-evaluation of the how and why. Eschewing some of the more fevered theses about the guilt of the perpetrators (and indeed recasting how wide that net should be spread), David Cesarani's measured and skilful negotiation of a crowded field is, as a result, all the more devastating.
David Cesarani was internationally recognized as one of this generation's leading Jewish and Holocaust scholars. He was research professor in History at Royal Holloway. He was nominated for a Golden Dagger and was a finalist for the US National Jewish Book Award for History in 2009 for Major Farran's Hat. His biography of Adolf Eichmann was winner of the National Jewish Book Award in 2006 and has been translated into a dozen languages. Earlier books include an acclaimed biography of Arthur Koestler (1998) and the controversial Justice Delayed (1992), the story of how Britain became a haven for Nazi war criminals after the end of the war. He had extensive broadcasting and print media experience. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for his work in the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK and was a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. He also serves on the UK delegation to the International Task Force for Holocaust Remembrance, Education and Research. Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 was published posthumously in January 2016.
Section - i: Maps Section - ii: List of Illustrations Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements Introduction - iv: Introduction Section - v: Prologue Chapter - One: The First Year 1933 Chapter - Two: Judenpolitik 1937-1938 Chapter - Three: Pogrom 1938-1941 Chapter - Four: War 1939-1941 Chapter - Five: Barbarossa 1941 Chapter - Six: Final Solution 1942 Chapter - Seven: Total War 1943 Chapter - Eight: The Last Phase 1944-1945 Section - vi: Epilogue Section - vii: Conclusion Section - viii: Glossary Section - ix: Bibliography Section - x: Notes Index - xi: Index