Yehuda Bauer, Holocaust and Genocide Today

Lecture delivered April 2009 at Amherst University College, Massachusetts

The Holocaust cannot be approached as a series of events without context, or contexts. There are a number of such contexts, and they are essential of a global character; in a sense, they are vertical and horizontal. By vertical I mean the historical depth – Jewish history; history of the relations between Jews and non-Jews throughout history, including anti-Semitism; European history; German history, and so on. By horizontal I mean the fact that there is an impact f the Holocaust in Latin America, in North America, in China and Japan, in South Africa, and elsewhere. One of the contexts is that of genocide. It seems obvious that the Holocaust was a form of genocide, and therefore has to be related to other – many – events of that kind. More: download

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