Holocaust Encyclopedia

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The Holocaust. It is the event in modern history that we’ll perhaps never understand: The story of how one of Europe’s most civilized cultures, with malice aforethought, set out to extinguish one of Europe’s most vibrant populations – and succeeded with horrifying efficiency.

More than half a century later, we still ask, Why? The images won’t go away – the camps, the trains, the emaciated bodies and heaps of bones: But neither do the questions… how did it happen and how did it work and what will be transformed from the loss? The Yale University Press has just published a one-volume reference: Death Marches to Death Tolls, Nazi policy to Nuremberg Laws, Terezin to Theological Responses.

But will the facts speak to us? – are we still listening? – This time – will we learn?
(Hosted by Alex Beam)


Walter Laqueur, preeminent historian and editor of “The Holocaust Encyclopedia”

Jehuda Reinharz, The Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History and the President of Brandeis University

Michael Berenbaum, former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and advisor to “The Holocaust Encyclopedia.”