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David Cesarani's final, fascinating, wrong-headed book

Avoiding German-language sources doesn't help when you're arguing about the Holocaust

6 February 2016

9:00 AM

6 February 2016

9:00 AM

The Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933–1949 David Cesarani

Macmillan, pp.1016, £30, ISBN: 9780230754560

David Cesarani, Research Professor of History at Royal Holloway University of London, died at the age of 58 on 25 October 2015. The book now appears without its author, a kind of huge mausoleum for an astonishing enterprise. Cesarani wants to change our view of the Holocaust and to close the

yawning gap between popular understanding of this history and current scholarship on the subject… to challenge the traditional concepts and periodisations … the term itself.

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