Perpetrating the Holocaust

Leaders, Enablers, and Collaborators

by Paul R. Bartrop and Eve E. Grimm


More than 107,000 files relating to alleged Nazi war criminals are housed in the archives of the Central Office of the State Justice Administrations for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

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January 2019


Pages 446
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Genocide and War Crimes
  World History/Conflict

Weaving together a number of disparate themes relating to Holocaust perpetrators, this book shows how Nazi Germany propelled a vast number of Europeans to try to re-engineer the population base of the continent through mass murder.

A comprehensive introductory essay, along with a detailed chronology, reference entries, primary sources, images, and a bibliography provide crucial information that readers need in order to understand Hitler's plan, as carried out through legislation and armed violence. The book also demonstrates that both within Nazi Germany, and in other parts of Europe, all sectors of society played a role in planning, facilitating, and executing the Final Solution.

In addition to entries on nearly 150 perpetrators, the book includes 25 primary source documents, ranging from government memoranda to first-hand observations of Nazi killing activities to field reports from senior officers on the scene of Holocaust killing sites. Also included are excerpts from literary memoirs. Students and researchers will find these documents to be fascinating statements as well as excellent source material for further research.


  • Provides readers with insights into how, when, and in what capacity Holocaust activities took place before and during World War II
  • Shows the wide variety of ways in which Germans and collaborators in occupied countries sought to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the war to maximize Nazi anti-Jewish measures
  • Explains how those who came to be recognized as perpetrators were captured and faced justice at the end of the war
  • Works through the general notion of perpetration during the Holocaust, showing the extent to which the Holocaust was a multifaceted event involving hundreds of thousands across Europe
Author Info

Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, is a multi-award-winning Holocaust and genocide scholar and professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has taught at universities across Australia and the U.S.; is a past president of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies; and is vice president of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. His published works with ABC-CLIO include Resisting the Holocaust: Upstanders, Partisans, and Survivors ; Bosnian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide ; and Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection .

Eve E. Grimm is an Australian lawyer with advanced qualifications in law. She has worked in government service as a senior attorney and written about the German legal profession during the Nazi period and the Holocaust. Having formerly taught in the School of Law at Monash University, she was one of the legal team that provided comment on the State of Victoria's racial vilification legislation and was for many years a member of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission in Australia. She serves as a senior advisor to the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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