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Sociology 243, Spring 2002

Annotated bibliographies

Theme: media and war

WWII era

Jonathan Ives

Vietnam era

Andrew Baron

Michael Van Horn

Talia Morrison

Keith Carenvale

Beth Sammartino

The 1980s

Courtney L. Gremelsbacker

Konrad Witte

WWII era

Jonathan Ives

Historical Atlas of the Holocaust. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Macmillian Publishing, New York, 1996


This is a book full of detailed

maps showing all the major locations of major events during the Holocaust. I

think this will be helpful in verifying how close some concentration camps were

to major towns, and where the train tracks were located that carried six million

innocent Jews to their death. This book also has large maps showing where many

of the Jews fled to escape persecution and many detailed maps of the populations

of the Jews in any certain country.

Jones, David H., Moral Responsibility in the Holocaust: A Study in the Ethics of Character, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc. New York, 1999:


This is a book that looks at the moral and ethical issues that surround the

Holocaust. It assesses the blameworthiness of the bystanders that were able to

let such a tragic event occur. The author is taking the side of the Jews and at

times it seems they are pointing the finger at different groups throughout

history. Instead of talking about events with emotionless terms, the author

uses case studies and talks about their emotions as it was taking place.


Feingold, Henry L., Bearing Witness: How America and It's Jews Responded to the Holocaust, Syracuse University Press, New York, 1995:


This is going to

be one of my major contributors to my paper topic. It has many different

articles about how much the United States government already knew about what

really was going on in Europe during the Holocaust. It way the book was written

makes me believe that the author is pointing the finger of blame at both

Roosevelt as the U.S. president at the government as a whole. It does make some

good points about the problems and concerns that the United States was facing at

the time, but I think in general, this book will be helpful in supporting my

paper's argument that we as a country could have done more.

Berenbaum, Michael. Witness to the Holocaust. Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1997


This book contains many official government

documents that were circulating during the time of the Holocaust. It shows the

personal and moral struggles that many U.S. government officials went through in

trying to lend a helping hand to the Jews in Europe. It has many personal

letters that were not seen by the public containing some obvious material that

shows how many people in the government did not want any more emigrants,

especially Jewish emigrants in our country and their reasons why.

Abzug, Robert H., America Views the Holocaust 1933-1945, A Brief Documentary History. Bedford St. Martin's, New York, 1999


This book contains

personal articles and letters to the editor about what they felt should be done

to help out the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust. Most of the articles are

being sympathetic towards the cause and offer some really good ideas about what

both the U.S government as well as the population could do to help. I think

that this will show some public opinion in America during the Holocaust.


Berenbaum, Michael, Peck, Abraham J., The Holocaust and History, The Known, The Unknown, The Disputed and the Reexamined. Indiana University Press, Indianapolis, 1998


This book lays out an overview of what was going on in the

world before and during the time of the Holocaust. It defends the side of the

U.S. not taking any major actions to stop the Nazi war machine, and claims that

ideas to bomb the train tracks, and the gas chambers of Auschwitz were

preposterous. These are ideas that I personally disagree with but it is good to

get both sides of the argument.


Marrus, Michael R., The Nazi Holocaust, Bystanders to the Holocaust,


part 8, vol.1, Meckler, London, 1989

This is a large encyclopedia type book

full of facts about the amount of information that people had involving the

concentration camps. This book puts forth ideas from both sides of the argument

on why the United States did nothing, but also why they should have. It has

chapters on the United States government, the Jews in both Europe and in

America, and even a section on the different church denominations and what

position they took and why. This will be a major reference for my paper, and

will help me present all sides of the argument.

Berenbaum, Michael, Neufeld, Michael J., The Bombing of Auschwitz, Should the Allies Have Attempted It? St. Martin's Press, New York, 2000


This

is a book that goes into great depth on the controversial issue of bombing the

largest concentration camp in Europe. It supplies the reader with reason why

they should have, but also why they didn't. It supports the United States

decision not to, and gives many reasons why. This will be a helpful book

because I want to talk about all of the options that the United States had in

ending such a tragic event as the Holocaust.

Hilberg, Raul, Perpetrators Victims Bystanders. Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1992


This book focuses on the emigration laws in the

United States at the time of the Holocaust. It shows how hard it was to escape

Europe and how limited the options were for the many Jews at that time. It

takes the side of the United States by presenting the problems the country was

having with the Great Depression and the high unemployment rate. It supports

the U.S. citizen's dislike for any kind of emigrant and shows why they could be

a threat to a citizen in search for employment. This will be helpful in my

paper because I want to focus on the emigration laws and how the U.S. government

purposefully made it more and more difficult to enter the United States during a

time when people were desperate to escape.


Strom, Margot Stern, Persons, William S., Facing History and Ourselves, Holocaust and Human Behavior. Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc. Brookline, Mass, 1994


This book is made up of many different articles

about who know the Holocaust was going on the whole time. There is a tone

running through the whole chapter that makes it seem crazy that there could have

been people at the time that didn't know what was going on. They explained that

people just didn't want to pry into the matters, and didn't question the

thousands and thousands of people leaving their town in cattle cars never to be

seen from again.

Rosenfeld, Alvin H., Thinking about the Holocaust, After Half a Century. Indiana University Press, Indianapolis, 1997


This book focuses on the American

Jews at the time of the Holocaust. The author puts fourth an idea that their

ambivalent nature as bystanders can not be put into a special category for this

situation occurs all around the world to this day. Deals with the human morals

and how it's important to stand up for what you think is right without worrying

about the consequences. I think this will be important in my paper, and will

explain a lot about the sociology of these events.

Novick, Peter, The Holocaust in American Life. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1999


This book talks about how the American public kept

denying that the Holocaust was really going on during the war. They had a hard

time realizing that these gristly stories could actually be a reality. The

authors presents how obvious the information was and questions how anyone could

think this information was a rumor.

Ryan, Michael D., Human Responses to the Holocaust Perpetrators and Victims, Bystanders and Resisters. The Edwin Mellen Press, New York, 1981


This

book focuses on the American Jew's lack of action during the Holocaust. The

author criticizes them for not doing more to help out their European brothers.

He does talk about the small things that they did do to help out but it's more

looking down at what they didn't do.

Ross, Robert W., So It Was True, The American Protestant Press and the Nazi Persecution of the Jews. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1980


This book is all about the publications in the Protestant Press and how early on

they were releasing information about the Holocaust. It focuses on how America

had a high amount of Anti-Semitism as it was and chose not to act on these

reports. Discus certain events like the S.S. St. Louis and how it was turned

away from both Cuba and the United States and ended up returning to Europe with

it's full ship of Jewish people trying to leave. Takes the side of the Jews and

sympathizes with their hardships during the Holocaust.


Laqueur, Walter. The Terrible Secret, Suppression of the Truth About Hitler's "Final Solution." Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1980


This book

presents some reasons why the Americans might think that the information they

heard about the Jews might have been rumors inspired by their fears. Has a hint

of sarcasm because the author presents so much information on how obvious all

the facts were from the beginning.

Gutman, Yisrael, Suroff, Efraim. Rescue Attempts During the Holocaust. KTAU Publishing House, New York, 1974


This book discuses the different rescue

attempts made by different countries during the Holocaust. Talks about the

pressure that Roosevelt was getting to let more emigrants into the United States

at this time and how we as a country were more concerned about maintaining the

quality of our own life. The author takes the side of the Jews in how difficult

it was to go anywhere, not just America but other countries as well were making

it harder and harder to enter as the war went on.

Fein, Helen. Accounting for Genocide, National Responses and Jewish Victimization During the Holocaust. Collier MacMillan Publishers, London, 1979


This book talks about the high amount of Anti-Semitism and how most Americans

thought of Jews as a major threat to their national security and well being as a

country. The author points a finger at our country for increasing the strict

rules of emigration at a time when people needed to escape certain death.

Fauez, Jean-Claude. The Red Cross and the Holocaust. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999


This book takes Americas side in our

decision to hold off helping the Jews explaining that we were not in the war

yet, and were trying to do everything that we could to stay out of it. The

author explains that even though we knew what was happening to the Jews in the

concentration camps we were pretty much helpless to help them out. I disagree

with the author's opinion but like I said earlier on, it is good to get sources

from both sides of the argument.

America and the Holocaust Deceit and Indifference. The American Experience, Vol. 44


This is a movie about my paper topic. It is all about the

many factors that were shaping our decision whether to help out or not. It

makes it seem obvious how we were more concerned about ourselves then we were in

helping to save six million innocent people. Shows lots of evidence of the many

papers that our president got and refused to sign to help let more Jewish

children into our country. And then after he turned down that bill, he signed

the same bill only for children from war torn England. Makes it look like all

Americans at that time were extremely Anti-Semitic.


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