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Two Decisions Concerning the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”: Deportations to Lodz and Mass Murder in Chelmno

01 Dec 1995-Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Oxford University Press)-Vol. 9, Iss: 3, pp 318-345
About: This article is published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.The article was published on 1995-12-01. It has received 20 citations till now. The article focuses on the topics: Jewish question.
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Steven T. Katz1
16 May 2019
TL;DR: In this paper, Katz analyzes the fundamental differences between the two systems and re-evaluates our understanding of the Nazi agenda, and shows that slave women were valued as workers, as reproducers of future slaves, and as sexual objects, and that slave children were value as commodities.
Abstract: This volume offers the first, in-depth comparison of the Holocaust and new world slavery. Providing a reliable view of the relevant issues, and based on a broad and comprehensive set of data and evidence, Steven Katz analyzes the fundamental differences between the two systems and re-evaluates our understanding of the Nazi agenda. Among the subjects he examines are: the use of black slaves as workers compared to the Nazi use of Jewish labor; the causes of slave demographic decline and growth in different New World locations; the main features of Jewish life during the Holocaust relative to slave life with regard to such topics as diet, physical punishment, medical care, and the role of religion; the treatment of slave women and children as compared to the treatment of Jewish women and children in the Holocaust. Katz shows that slave women were valued as workers, as reproducers of future slaves, and as sexual objects, and that slave children were valued as commodities. For these reasons, neither slave women nor children were intentionally murdered. By comparison, Jewish slave women and children were viewed as the ultimate racial enemy and therefore had to be exterminated. These and other findings conclusively demonstrate the uniqueness of the Holocaust compared with other historical instances of slavery.

44 citations

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Steven T. Katz1
01 May 2019

43 citations

Book ChapterDOI
Steven T. Katz1
01 May 2019

43 citations

Book ChapterDOI
Steven T. Katz1
01 May 2019

43 citations

Book ChapterDOI
Steven T. Katz1
01 May 2019

43 citations