Ethan Hollander: Jewish Survial During the Holocaust

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Why did more Jewish people survive in some German-occupied countries compared to others during World War II? In Hegemony and the Holocaust: State Power and Jewish Survival in Occupied Europe, Ethan Hollander demonstrates that Germany's collaborators often played a surprising role in ensuring Jewish survival. Where high-ranking governing officials stayed in their countries and helped with the German occupation, they could often "trade"their loyal cooperation in military and economic affairs for inefficient or incomplete implementation of the Final Solution. Ironically, this often led to higher rates of Jewish survival. By contrast, more Jewish people were deported from countries where local leaders resisted the German occupation. This project has important implications for our understanding of state-sponsored violence and genocide, and it raises harrowing moral questions about the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity.

Ethan Hollander is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Wabash College. He was also the 2016 McClain-Mc Tuman-Arnold Research Scholar. His book, Hegemony and the Holocaust: State Power and Jewish Survival in Occupied Europe, was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan Press.

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