Jack Fischel

German Book Redefines ‘Victimhood,’ Problematically

In the aftermath of World War II, Germany attempted to come to terms with the Holocaust. But ultranationalists were not contrite about the recent past, and contended that the killing of hundreds of thousands of German civilians during the Allied air offensive was the moral equivalent of the mass murder of the Jews. This argument, however, remained on the periphery of political discussion until recently, when the claims of moral equivalency entered the mainstream of German political culture with the publication of Jörg Friederich’s best-seller, “The Fire” (“Der Brand”).

How American Eugenicists Helped Shape Nazi Tactics

War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign To Create a Master Race By Edwin Black Four Walls Eight Windows, 518 pages, $26. * * *|Edwin Black, the author of the award-winning “IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation” (Crown, 2001), has written a provocative


The Dialogues of Time and Entropy By Aryeh Lev Stollman Riverhead, 208 pages, $24.95. ——The new story collection by Aryeh Lev Stollman demonstrates the power of narrative to reveal the complexity, pain and beauty of human experience. Some of the stories illuminate, like flashes of lightning, the strong forces that persist beneath the