For most readers, it is a rare and even unique experience to view the Holocaust through German eyes. With the long-awaited and much-anticipated publication of “Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews” by Peter Longerich, we are able to find out for ourselves what the Shoah means to a German scholar. Twelve years ago, Longerich first published his findings in a field of Holocaust scholarship known as Täterforschung (“perpetrator research”), which focuses on the workings of the machinery of genocide rather than the sufferings of its victims, but the work remained unavailable in English until now. In the meantime, he achieved a certain celebrity as a witness for the defense in the failed libel case that Holocaust-denier David Irving brought against historian Deborah Lipstadt.