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Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955$
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Seán Hand and Steven T. Katz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479835041

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479835041.001.0001

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Léon Poliakov, the Origins of Holocaust Studies, and Theories of Anti-Semitism

Léon Poliakov, the Origins of Holocaust Studies, and Theories of Anti-Semitism

Rereading Bréviaire de la haine

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(p.169) 9 Léon Poliakov, the Origins of Holocaust Studies, and Theories of Anti-Semitism
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Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955
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Jonathan Judaken

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DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479835041.003.0009

This chapter explores Léon Poliakov’s often unacknowledged contributions to the establishment of Holocaust studies and how he understood a key engine in the machinery of the destruction of European Jewry: anti-Semitism. Poliakov’s breakthrough book, Bréviaire de la haine: Le IIIe Reich et les juifs (Harvest of Hate), published in 1951, was the first general history of the Holocaust. As a foundational survey of the Holocaust—widely disseminated, wide-ranging, and with penetrating insights—Poliakov’s work became a palimpsest that sketched key aspects of the Shoah that were developed and treated by others, but rarely with full credit to their origins in his work. Also, Poliakov’s interpretation of Nazi anti-Semitism was profoundly perceptive and merits consideration in its own right.

Keywords:   Léon Poliakov, Holocaust studies, European Jewry, anti-Semitism, Harvest of Hate, Shoah, Nazi anti-Semitism

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