This is the first of many books on the Holocaust to be published in the United States, as a wave of American publishers and authors begin to make the event a part of their work.
The book, written by author Joshua Dobbs and published by the American Holocaust Memorial Museum, takes aim at what he calls the “misperceptions” about the Nazis’ systematic extermination of the Jews and their destruction of their cities, towns and businesses.
It’s a tough read, and there are many points of view that Dobbs takes on, but he concludes that it’s not only important to get the facts straight, but to get them through the lens of what he considers the Holocaust’s “pervasive cultural and political underpinnings.”
The book’s publication comes as the American Jewish Congress and the American Historical Association (AHA) push back against President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut funding for the AHA and other Holocaust remembrance organizations.
In his op-ed for the New York Times, Dobbs writes that it is important to remember the legacy of the Holocaust, but also that the “soul-searching, self-reflection and political inquiry that took place as the Holocaust unfolded” has left its mark on our culture.
“This book will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the Holocaust or in the legacy that came after it,” Dobbs wrote.
“It is, in my view, a book worth reading.
Its purpose is to educate people about what happened, what the consequences were, and what needs to be done to make sure that this never happens again.”
Dobbs is a former director of the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the American Institute of Holocaust Education and the Center for the Study of American Jewish History.
He has also written a history of the Ku Klux Klan, The Nazi Party, and the Holocaust.
He served as a staff historian for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and served as an assistant to historian James O. Finkle, a Holocaust survivor.
Dobb’s work was recognized for his memoir, “A Conversation with the Jews,” which was published in 2017.
The book is also available in Hebrew, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
The AHA’s director, Dr. John W. Whitehead, also received the book’s 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.
In addition to the book, Dobb is the author of “The Holocaust: Its Victims, Survivors, and Victims-to-Be” and a book on the “Escape from Auschwitz: A History of the Final Solution,” which he co-authored with journalist David Sirota.