This is a remarkable book, in fact the concept for the whole series is remarkable. Historians normally want to write and promulgate their own opinions and theories, but here we have a volume of raw documentary research, composed of many and very varied documents which (apart from the introduction) remain uncommented by the authors. The rawness and variety of the documents contained in this book form a loose jigsaw puzzle, which is for example extremely useful for me in my work as a documentary film maker. I can make my own connections and draw my own conclusions, but the documents are sequenced and juxtaposed in such a way as to make the book an exceedingly good read in itself. It is a criminal drama. There is genuinely high drama, tragedy, insights into the official and private correspondence of perpetrators and victims alike. There is even humour to be found here, albeit very dark.
The book is a revelation, providing deep insights into both the subtle and unsubtle methods the Nazis used to prepare the whole German nation to first persecute, then rob, and finally to attempt to annihilate the European Jews. I look forward to the forthcoming volumes in this series, I will certainly be ordering them before they are published.