Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In Alon Confino’s new book, A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide, he demonstrates that the mass murder of Jews during the war years was powerfully anticipated in the culture of the prewar years.

On September 15th, Alan Confino discussed his book at an event presented by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, and the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.

More information on this event is available here.

An event response can be read here.

Listen to the audio recording of this event here:

[podcast]http://ircpl.org/audio/Confino.mp3[/podcast]