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The first research in the late 1940s and early 1950s focused on the Jewishness of the Holocaust Called the Final Solution by the Germans it was the object of two pivotal studies both of which had the Jews at the center of their treatment The first was The Final Solution by Gerald Reitlinger and the second The Destruction of the European Jews by Raul Hilberg Most major studies since have had the same focus Lucy Dawidowicz The War Against the Jews Leni Yahil The Holocaust Hilberg Perpetrators Victims Bystanders Daniel Goldhagen Hitlers Willing Executioners Martin Gilbert The Holocaust Arad et al Documents on the Holocaust Yitzak Arad Belzec Sobibor Treblinka The Operation Reinhard Death Camps and so on Modern research has begun to deal more extensively with the suffering of other victims of the Nazi genocide For example homosexuals Gypsies prisoners of war Russians Poles Catholic priests Jehovahs Witnesses and others were more or less systematically murdered as the Holocaust continued By the end of the war as many as 6 million of these people had been killed along with between 5 and 6 million Jews Does the focus on the Jewishness of the Holocaust take away from or minimize the suffering of the millions of non-Jews who were persecuted Do the Jews unintentionally perhaps try to keep all the suffering for themselves No On the other hand does the Holocaust have a particularly crucial and central Jewish element even though millions of others died Simply put the answer is yes The Holocaust from its conception to its implementation had a distinctly Jewish aspect to it and arguably without this Jewish aspect there would have been no Holocaust Most of the non-Jewish people would not have been killed because the killing machinery would not have been put into operation In this context two points need to be examined the particularly Jewish aspect of the Holocaust and the fact that this neither minimizes
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