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A World without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution by Alon Confino

By Alon Confino

Why precisely did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible in all places in Germany on November nine, 1938? The confusing occasion has now not been safely accounted for by means of historians of their large-scale tests of the way and why the Holocaust happened. during this gripping new research, Alon Confino attracts on an array of data throughout 3 continents to suggest a penetrating new overview of 1 of the relevant ethical difficulties of the 20 th century. To a stunning quantity, Confino demonstrates, the mass homicide of Jews throughout the conflict years was once powerfully expected within the tradition of the prewar years.

The writer shifts his concentration clear of the debates over what the Germans did or didn't find out about the Holocaust and explores in its place how Germans got here to conceive of the assumption of a Germany with out Jews. He strains the tales the Nazis advised themselves the place they got here from and the place they have been heading and the way these tales resulted in the realization that Jews has to be eliminated to ensure that the hot Nazi civilization to come up. The production of this new empire required that Jews and Judaism be erased from Christian heritage, and this was once the foundation and justification for Kristallnacht.

As Germans imagined a destiny international with no Jews, persecution and extermination grew to become that you can imagine, or even justifiable.

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The powers, including England, realized that the partition plan they had worked out had come to naught and that France would be in full possession of the immense Spanish inheritance; the Netherlands was alarmed by the 28 Histories advance of French troops into Flanders, which it viewed as a possible preliminary move in a new reach for the Rhine frontier. The result was a treaty, concluded September 7, 1701, at the Hague among England, the Netherlands, and the Holy Roman Empire; by its terms, the Empire obtained rights to the Spanish inheritance, and England and Holland secured rights to free navigation and trade.

Both Leopold I of Austria and Louis XIV of France had a good case to present as each had married a sister of Charles of Spain. Louis had married the older one, with promises of a rich dowry in exchange for which he renounced any claim to the throne of Spain. However, the dowry was never paid, putting the validity of the renunciation in question. Leopold had married the younger sister but, because the Spanish and the Austrian Habsburg branches were permanently separated, he could not inherit the throne himself; he could, however, claim it for his son Charles, just as Louis XIV claimed it for his grandson Philip.

It remains a matter for debate whether the religious cleavage was primarily responsible for the periods of upheaval, both in Austrian lands and in the Holy Roman Empire (even such a staunchly Catholic ruler as Charles V had a number of Protestants in his camp and his brother Ferdinand was tireless in trying to reconcile religious differences), or whether doctrinal quarrels merely raised existing controversies over territory and sovereignty to critical levels. The war that began in 1618 and rapidly escalated to a full-fledged confrontation between Catholic and Protestant forces is generally cited as the culmination of the passions and conflicts that grew out of the Protestant revolt, but, while religious furor no doubt accounted for the ferocity with which it was waged, political rivalries in the end superseded the religious.

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