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Genocide on TrialWar Crimes Trials and the Formation of Holocaust History and Memory$
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Donald Bloxham

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208723

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208723.001.0001

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A Nuremberg Historiography of the Holocaust?

A Nuremberg Historiography of the Holocaust?

(p.185) Chapter Five A Nuremberg Historiography of the Holocaust?
Genocide on Trial

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This chapter concerns the record of Nazism and its specific crimes that the trials created for posterity. It shows that the preconceptions of the Allied lawyers took no account of many criminal groupings whilst inflating the role of others. Thus, for instance, some of the lesser-known police organizations that murdered Jews and others in eastern Europe received lenient treatment despite some evidence at Nuremberg as to their activities. These absences, and some of the exaggerations that are their counterparts, have found remarkably accurate reflection in the historiography of Nazi genocide. With reference to both the judicial and historical examination of criminal groupings and actions, it suggests a linkage between the earliest investigation of Nazi genocidal policy and most of the major historiographical debates about that subject in the succeeding half-century. These are brought together in the largest, and concluding, case study, which concerns the complicated and oft-misunderstood subject of the Nazi exploitation of Jewish slave labour.

Keywords:   Nazism, eastern Europe, lenient treatment, Jewish slave labour

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