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The Holocaust and New World Slavery

The Holocaust and New World Slavery
A Comparative History
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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108415088

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  • This volume offers the first, in-depth comparison of the Holocaust and new world slavery. Providing a reliable view of the relevant issues, and based on a broad and comprehensive set of data and evidence, Steven Katz analyzes the fundamental differences between the two systems and re-evaluates our understanding of the Nazi agenda. Among the subjects he examines are: the use of black slaves as workers compared to the Nazi use of Jewish labor; the causes of slave demographic decline and growth in different New World locations; the main features of Jewish life during the Holocaust relative to slave life with regard to such topics as diet, physical punishment, medical care, and the role of religion; the treatment of slave women and children as compared to the treatment of Jewish women and children in the Holocaust. Katz shows that slave women were valued as workers, as reproducers of future slaves, and as sexual objects, and that slave children were valued as commodities. For these reasons, neither slave women nor children were intentionally murdered. By comparison, Jewish slave women and children were viewed as the ultimate racial enemy and therefore had to be exterminated. These and other findings conclusively demonstrate the uniqueness of the Holocaust compared with other historical instances of slavery.

    • The first in depth comparison of the Holocaust and new world slavery
    • A fundamental re-examination of Jewish slave labor during World War II
    • Fully examines the unique treatment of women and children in the contexts of both new world slavery and the Holocaust
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    • Winner, 2020 PROSE Award for World History

    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘Comparisons and contrasts, both popular and academic, between slavery and the Holocaust are common but often superficial, even facile. Katz (Boston Univ.), however, succeeds in lifting the discussion to notably higher levels … Highly Recommended.’ T. P. Johnson, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108415088
    • dimensions: 261 x 182 x 58 mm
    • weight: 2kg
    • contains: 28 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Understanding black slavery in the New World
    2. The middle passage
    3. Considering slave demography in the New World
    4. Reproduction and miscegenation
    5. Breeding
    6. The conditions of bondage
    7. The conditions of bondage: beyond basic necessities
    8. Manumission
    9. American slave law
    10. Black slavery and the Holocaust: comparing the fate of women and children
    11. German labor needs and the murder of Jewish men and women
    12. Devaluing Jewish labor
    13. Rape and Rassenschande during the Holocaust
    14. Murdering Jewish children.

  • Author

    Steven T. Katz, Boston University
    Steven T. Katz received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and now holds the Slater Chair in Holocaust Studies at Boston University. He is on the academic committee of the United States Holocaust Museum and served for seven years as Academic Advisor to the 31 countries belonging to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Katz writes on the Holocaust, Jewish history, philosophy, and comparative mysticism and edits the award-winning journal Modern Judaism. His books include the prize-winning Holocaust in Historical Context (1994).


    • Winner, 2020 PROSE Award for World History

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