Review of Raețchi, Ovidiu: Istoria Holocaustului: Desființarea omului: de la ascensiunea lui Hitler până la execuția lui Eichmann, Bucharest: Litera 2022. ISBN: 978-606-33-8351-9, 720p.
Keywords:Holocaust in Romania, History of the Holocaust, Genocide, Romania, Romanian history
AbstractOvidiu Raețchi’s book on the History of the Holocaust (in Romanian) tries to navigate these choppy research waters by constructing a philosophical or, one might say, existentialist inquiry: how does dehumanization affect a society’s inner fabric and how does this lead to mass murder? Starting with the volume’s subtitle on the destruction of man, Raețchi succeeds in writing a massive volume that not only leaves its reader with more existentialist questions than answers, as any good book should, but also manages to offer a balance in analysis between Nazi Germany’s leadership role in a genocidal endeavor and the roles played its allies that made the Holocaust the European destruction program what it was.
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