Hegemony and the Holocaust

State Power and Jewish Survival in Occupied Europe

  • Ethan J. Hollander

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-312

About this book


This book explains why more Jewish people survived in some German-occupied countries compared to others during World War II.  Hollander demonstrates that collaborators sometimes played a surprising role in ensuring Jewish survival. Where high-ranking governing officials stayed in their countries and helped Nazi Germany, they could often “trade” their loyal cooperation in military and economic affairs for inefficient or incomplete implementation of the Final Solution. And while they sometimes did this because they had sincere moral objections to Nazi policy, they also did so because deporting local Jews was politically unpopular, because they regarded it as less important than winning the war, or because deporting Jews meant that the collaborators gave up potentially profitable opportunities to exploit them. This unique book has important implications for our understanding of state-sponsored violence, international hierarchy, and genocide, and it raises harrowing moral questions about the Holocaust and the nature of political evil.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ethan J. Hollander
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  1. 1.Political Science DepartmentWabash CollegeCrawfordsvilleUSA

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