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Documentary Traces

Donald Bloxham

in The Final Solution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550333
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701535 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550333.003.0002

Series: Oxford Histories

Documentary Traces

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Anti-semitism, expansion and orchestration are the recurring themes that dominate the events related to the Second World War. Documentary evidence is provided on certain accounts of these said themes. An advertisement came out in 1923 regarding an exhibition of drawings which later led to the murder of about 4,000 Jews, which furthered the killing of an even larger number of Jews by Romanian forces. This shows that the atmosphere during the interwar period is related to the slaughter occurring during warfare, which is true for Nazi anti-semitism. In relation to this, Germany had more ideological obsession than merely discouraging communism, and the existence of Jews as an image is shown to illustrate a map of places wherein revolutions were to be held. Lastly, the chapter provides excerpts of certain books and journals that exemplify technical innovation and the accumulation of practical experience involved in mass murder without directly referring to human beings.

Keywords: anti-semitism; expansion; orchestration; murder; advertisement; revolutions map; technical innovation

Chapter.  4669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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