To what extent did the populations of rural Lithuania and Poland engage in hostilities and Nazi collaboration against Jewish fugitives and partisans surviving in forests? (Part 2, by Jack Watt)

Traditional anti-Semitism was rife in pre-war Eastern Europe and was not a recent phenomenon. Yehuda Merin asserts that ‘most of the local population harboured feelings of hatred for the Jews in the family camps… well-rooted in past ages.’ This was … Continue reading

To what extent did the populations of rural Lithuania and Poland engage in hostilities and Nazi collaboration against Jewish fugitives and partisans surviving in forests? (Part 1, by Jack Watt)

The forest is a hugely significant, but somewhat marginalised landscape of the Holocaust. Initially woodland was the chosen site of the Einsatzgruppen shooting squads, helping to facilitate the mass murder and disposal of thousands of Jews. However, they later became … Continue reading

An examination of the key problems posed to historians examining memoirs in response to the Wilkomirski Controversy (by Tammy Cairns)

In 1995, Benjamin Wilkomirski’s critically and commercially acclaimed Holocaust story Fragments: Memories of a Childhood (1939-1948) was published in Germany. As a survivor of the Holocaust and a multi award-winning writer, Wilkomirski found himself in the public gaze having won … Continue reading

A Book Review of Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (by Jack Watt)

Ordinary Men is regarded as seminal in Holocaust studies, as micro-history in its own right, and valuable for studying authoritarianism and indoctrination on individuals and collective groups. Tracing a single German unit, Reserve Police Battalion 101 (henceforth RPB-101) throughout their … Continue reading

Is it possible to explain the motivations of Holocaust perpetrators? (by Valentin Boulan)

Many Holocaust studies have focused not only on the victims, but also on perpetrators. This interest towards the Nazi killing machine is in many ways understandable. Firstly, because perpetrators can be seen as an opportunistic topic of study, for which … Continue reading