David Cesarani's Final Solution

24 January 2017

By Pan Macmillan

27 January marks Holocaust Memorial Day, an annual commemoration of those who died in the Nazi genocide and a celebration of those who survived.  

 

The late David Cesarani’s Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-49, an intelligent, comprehensive and authoritative history of the Holocaust from one of our finest historians, has been published in paperback to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.

David Cesarani was internationally recognized as one of his generation's leading Holocaust scholars. He was a central figure in the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day and a founding trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for his work in the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK.

The fruit of a lifetime’s research, Final Solution is a brilliant reappraisal of the Holocaust, in which Professor Cesarani challenges the accepted explanations and examines, in often harrowing detail and through vivid personal accounts, exactly how – and why – Nazi policies against Europe’s Jewish population unfolded.  His measured and skilful negotiation of a crowded field is, as a result, all the more devastating.

David Cesarani’s editor, Georgina Morley said: 

'It has been a great privilege to be a small part of the book’s journey to publication. It is a magisterial work of history and it is a great sadness that the author, who died in October 2015, is not here to see his book published and enjoy the deservedly excellent reviews it has already received.  I, as is everyone at Pan Macmillan, am enormously proud to be his publisher'

Praise for David Cesarani’s Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-49

'A brilliant synthesis and interpretation of the greatest crime of the modern era . . . There is so much of value in this harrowing and extraordinary book that it's hard to encompass in a review . . . There are stories here I didn't know and could scarcely have imagined . . . A book that demands to be read and deserves every historical award going.' - Oliver Kamm, The Times      

'An elegantly written, honest and plausible account and it deserves to be widely read and reflected upon in a continent where racial and religious prejudice is not as far below the surface as we would like to think. Final Solution is a fitting monument to a fine historian and a fine human being.' - Richard Overy, Literary Review 

'Masterly . . . Final Solution will take its place among the most authoritative surveys of the persecution and murder of European Jewry in the Second World War.' - Financial Times        

'Utterly convincing . . . One of Cesarani's most remarkable achievements is to reinvigorate this monstrous narrative.' - Sarah Helm, Daily Telegraph      

'It is difficult not to be first moved and then overwhelmed by the mere listing of what happened, and in this respect Cesarani has fulfilled his ambition of reclaiming the killings of the Jews for another generation.' - Observer        

 

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