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“readers” are especially useful in this area. Representative ma te­
rial on the im po rtan t aspects o f Jewish life and death du r ing the
Holocaust years can be found in Lucy Dawidowicz,
A Holocaust
(New York, 1976),
Anthology o f Holocaust Literature
York, 1973) edited by Jacob Glatstein, Israel Knox and Samuel
Margoshes, and Raul Hilberg,
Documents o f Destruction,
A new type o f historical writing has begun to emerge in the
1970’s. While the writing o f Jewish history is proceeding apace in
Israel, a d ifferen t type o f scholarship is em erg ing there. T rad i ­
tional Jewish history was primarily a history o f the ideas possessed
by a separate and particular people. For Israeli historians, the
impress o f the Israeli national experience has played a major role
in the shaping o f a historical school. T he newer history em erg ing
in America has gained much from its en trance into the American
university. T h ere is every reason to expect tha t the coming dec­
ades will see a ma turation o f the new skills, perceptions and
methodologies which the American Jewish historian has gained
from interacting with the “secular city” o f learning.