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  • The Modern Scholar: Understanding the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Engel
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    (35)
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    (14)
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    In Understanding the Holocaust, Professor David Engel examines the encounter between Germany's Third Reich and the Jews of the 20 European countries that fell under Nazi domination between 1933 and 1945. The results of this encounter stretch human comprehension to the limit and raise frightening questions about the human condition. When it was over, two-thirds of Europe's Jews, some 5.8 million people, had died - and their deaths had occurred amid the most gruesome of circumstances.

    Bev says: "Great"
    "The Hows, not the Whats..."
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    As a discussion on the particular concepts and motivations behind the actions of The Second World War, I think this Modern Scholar is particularly insightful.

    Whereas there is little or no actual discussion of speciffic incidents or stories, (no gory details) The Speaker does an excelent job in addressing and discussing the speciffics of what made the resultant actions Possible in a 'Modern Society'.

    From the original concepts that formed in Hitler's youth that enabled the relegation of an entire peoples to a status that would necessitate extermination, to the design and structure of the death systems used to enact that 'Solution', to the perceptions of the Jews themselves to be led into a death system... this Modern Scholar delves more deeply into the mechanics and systems which made the tragedy and zealotry of the Holocaust a reality than other accounts I've read.

    While I fould this approach vastly different and uniquely insightful, I did find the overal coverage a bit shorter than I had expected, and Over before I had anticipated.

    With such a unique approach to the thing, I had rather wished it could have gone on a bit longer or indeed covered more areas of The War than it did... tho it does cover speciffically 'the Holocaust' in its technical entirety.
    Still, in such a global incident, I'd liked to have heard more...

    After a while, the speaker's rhythms and forms of speech can also get a bit wearing... The speaker tends to fall into a jaunting and rather repetative diction which often had me wishing he'd just Spit It Out already... a subtle nuance of rhythm and use of terms that perhaps that wouldn't be noticable to everyone, but one I fould tiring...

    Overall, I'd say this is one of the better Modern Scholars I've read. It is inciteful and interesting... not perfect, but worth the time and money... and that's not a bad thing.

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