This inaugural volume of the German Yearbook of Contemporary History is devoted to a central theme of recent historical scholarship: the Holocaust. Ulrich Herbert and Peter Hayes take stock of German contributions to Holocaust research, Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe examines the collective memory of the murder of the Jews in the Ukrainian diaspora, and Jürgen Zarusky critically evaluates the controversial notion of the "Bloodlands". The volume is rounded out by an English translation of the original 1953 article by Hans Rothfels in which a key document, the Gerstein Report, was first published, as well as a retrospective analysis of this important article by Valerie Hébert. Updates on recent German projects in the field of Holocaust history are also provided by Frank Bajohr and Susanne Heim.
International in scope, innovative in nature
Commentaries by leading scholars illuminate diverse facets of current debates
A new English-language forum for the field of history that holds itself to the VfZ’s high quality standard
"The German Yearbook for Contemporary History is a fine innovation that promises to provide readers informative discussions of major issues of the recent past on the basis of careful research and balanced judgement. It will be of special interest to those teaching modern history and libraries that cater both to college and university needs and to a broader public interested in recent and contemporary developments." Gerhard L. Weinberg, Professor of History Emeritus,University of North Carolinaat Chapel Hill
"With its three judiciously selected pairs of articles on the historiography of the Holocaust, a classic documentary contribution of the VfZ on Kurt Gerstein, and the Holocaust in the East, especially the Ukraine, this exceptional initial volume of a projected annual yearbook on contemporary Germany wets the appetite for more." Christopher R. Browning, Professor of History Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill