The Persecution and Murder of the European Jews by Nazi Germany, 1933–1945

Series edited on behalf of the German Federal Archives, the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ), and the Chair of Modern History at the University of Freiburg
In collaboration with Yad Vashem

Publisher: De Gruyter Oldenbourg
Editorial Board: Susanne Heim, Ulrich Herbert, Michael Hollmann, Horst Möller, Dieter Pohl, Sybille Steinbacher, Simone Walther von Jena, and Andreas Wirsching.
International Advisory Board for the English Edition: Nomi Halpern, Elizabeth Harvey, Dan Michman, Alan E. Steinweis, and Nikolaus Wachsmann.
Coordinator of the English-language edition: Caroline Pearce, with the assistance of Dorothy A. Mas and Georg Felix Harsch.


Aims and Scope
This 16-volume collection, which has been updated and adapted for an English-speaking readership, presents an extensive selection of primary sources on the persecution and murder of the European Jews under the German National Socialist regime. The documents illustrate the political and social background and developments that brought about this unprecedented mass crime in Germany and throughout Europe.
The series is aimed at teachers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in learning about and reflecting on the history of the Holocaust. As well as providing a scholarly reference work, it seeks to contribute to the commemoration of the murdered Jews of Europe. Each volume comprises English translations of primary sources – most of them previously unpublished – that record events from the perspective of perpetrators, victims, and those not directly involved in the crimes. The documents, which are presented chronologically, include legislative texts, official records, letters and diary entries, newspaper articles, conference proceedings, and speeches. All documents are translated from the language of the original source. The introduction to each volume provides detailed insight into the history of the period, and the documents are annotated to include biographical and bibliographical information as well as explanation of specialist terms and concepts.

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