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The Final Report on the Romanian Holocaust in the Light of the Intentionalist-Functionalist Debate
The Final Report on the Romanian Holocaust in the Light of the Intentionalist-Functionalist Debate

Author(s): Valentin Stoian
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul National pentru Studierea Holocaustului din Romania ELIE WIESEL
Keywords: intentionalism; functionalism; Holocaust; Final Report

Summary/Abstract: The article places the Final Report of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania within the intentionalist-functionalist debate. It argues that the Report is written within the intentionalist paradigm, being inspired more by authors like Jean Ancel and Lya Benjamin, than by historians supporting a functionalist interpretation like Radu Ioanid and Dennis Deletant. In order to establish what the intentionalist and functionalist paradigms mean for Romania, the article relies on the previous work of Constantin Iordachi and selects works on the Romanian Holocaust for a comparative analysis. Three crucial themes of the Romanian Holocaust are chosen for analysis: the Iasi pogrom, the cancellation of the planned deportations to Bergen Belsen and Ion Antonescu’s anti-Semitism.

  • Issue Year: III/2011
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 127-141
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English