The Holocaust is one of the (if not the) defining events of the 20th century. It has a far-reaching and ongoing impact on world politics, psychology, ethics, language, and art. It calls for, some have argued, a complete reassessment of human behavior and social structures. So much has been written on the Holocaust that as with any study, the greatest question that faces anyone who seeks to meaningfully address the Holocaust is what can possibly be left out. This entry seeks to serve as a starting point by sketching some of the key events of the Holocaust and some of the philosophical, social, literary, and psychological work that has arisen in response.

The Holocaust occurred in Germany and German-occupied territory from 1942 to 1945. It involved ...

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