‘The Holocaust Won’t Disappear’

Israeli historian Saul Friedländer, winner of the 2007 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, spoke to SPIEGEL about the importance of victims’ accounts in researching the Holocaust and the failure of efforts in Germany to draw a line under the issue.

The Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Historian Saul Friedländer argues that attempts to draw a line under the Holocaust in Germany are bound to fail.
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The Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Historian Saul Friedländer argues that attempts to draw a line under the Holocaust in Germany are bound to fail.
SPIEGEL: Professor Friedländer, in contrast to other accounts of the history of the Holocaust, in your book “Nazi Germany and the Jews, the Years of Extermination,” you give us ample opportunity to hear from the victims through diaries and letters. Why didn’t you limit your focus to the history of the perpetrators?

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