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Reckonings Reviews

Reckonings by Mary Fulbrook (Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, University College London)


Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

Mary Fulbrook (Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, University College London)

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1 review

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 3 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9780198811237

Reckonings documents how Holocaust victims have sought justice over the decades and the haunting disparity between crime and punishment.

1 Prize for Reckonings

The Wolfson History Prize
2019 Shortlist

Wolfson History Prize judges: "Quoting many moving accounts from victims of the extreme cruelty perpetrated by the Nazis, Fulbrook moves through the generations to trace the legacy of Nazi persecution in postwar Germany. A masterly work which explores the shifting boundaries and structures of memory." 


5 stars out of 5
1 Feb 2019

"Her story gains particular power and poignancy through the incorporation of voices from unpublished journals, letters, testimonies, personal interviews and other primary sources"

Published by Oxford University Press with fully weighted academic apparatus – seventy pages with, by my count, fifteen hundred annotated endnotes – and three effusive dust jacket blurbs from fellow scholars (‘the culmination of a lifetime of scholarly endeavour’), this 657-page tome would normally be expected to take its place within the vast literature of well-researched, elegantly written, morally compelling Holocaust studies. But in the early decades of the 21st century, considering the genocides in Rwanda and the Balkans, and the ongoing butcheries in Syria and Yemen, Reckonings reads more like a cautionary tale for our modern age.