by Mary Fulbrook
Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the 2019 Cundill History Prize
From the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. to the “stumbling stones” embedded in Berlin sidewalks, memorials to victims of Nazi violence have proliferated across the globe. More than a million visitors as many as killed there during its operation now visit Auschwitz each year. There is no shortage of commemoration of Nazi crimes. But has there been justice? Reckonings shows persuasively that there has not. The name “Auschwitz,” for example, is often evoked to encapsulate the Holocaust.� Yet focusing on one concentration camp, however horrific the scale of the crimes committed there, does not capture the myriad ways individuals became tangled up on the side of the perpetrators, or the diversity of experiences among their victims. And it can obscure the continuing legacies of Nazi persecution across generations and across continents.