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Antisemitism as a driving force in the Second World War

Antisemitism as a driving force in the Second World War

Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Prof. Jeffrey C. Herf

Over the years, scholars of the Holocaust and the Second World War have discussed the place the antisemitic Nazi worldview held not only in the development of the Final Solution, but also in the course of the war in general. In the following videos, Prof. Yehuda Bauer and Prof. Jeffrey Herf each present their respective views on this matter.

How did antisemitism serve as a driving force in the Second World War?


  • Bauer, Yehuda, Rethinking the Holocaust (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001).

  • Bauer, Yehuda, “Shoah, Antisemitism, War and Genocide: Text and Context,” in Zehavit Gross, E. and Doyle Stevick, eds., As the Witnesses Fall Silent: 21st Century Holocaust Education in Curriculum, Policy and Practice (Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, 2015), pp. 67 – 80.

  • Herf, C. Jeffrey, “The ‘Jewish War’: Goebbels and the Antisemitic Campaigns of the Nazi Propaganda Ministry,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies, vol. 19, no .1 (2005), pp. 51 – 80.

  • Herf, C. Jeffrey, The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust (Cambridge, M.A.: Harvard University Press, 2006).

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