How Could This Happen
Explaining the Holocaust
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The Holocaust is the defining event of the twentieth century and perhaps all of modern history. Yet for too long, we have ignored the vital question of how and why such a monstrous event could have happened at all. Now, in How Could This Happen, historian Dan McMillan distills the existing Holocaust research into a cogent explanation of the genocide’s causes, revealing how a once progressive society like Germany could commit murder on such a massive scale. Countless barriers stand between stable societies and genocide, McMillan explains, but in Germany these buffers began to topple well before World War II. From Hitler’s meteoric rise to deep-rooted European anti-Semitism to the dehumanizing effects of World War I, McMillan uncovers the many factors that made the Holocaust possible.
Persuasive and compelling, How Could This Happen illustrates how a perfect storm of bleak circumstances, malevolent ideas, and societal upheaval unleashed history’s most terrifying atrocity.
From Publishers Weekly
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Good but repetitive...
This book does a great job of leaving out all of the unnecesarry fragments of history that most historians use to discuss or explain the Holocaust. It is the perfect book for a beginner whose interest lies in the topic of Europe’s extermination of Jewry. I must say that the book’s weakness arrives at its repetitiveness. Many facts are either states plainly over and over or are explained in other words, leaving the reader with a great sense of deja vu. All in all, I’m glad that I read it and will and have recommended it to others.