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Greenwood Publishing Group, including Greenwood Press in particular but also Praeger Publishers, has a tradition of producing dense academic tomes on obscure subjects, written by scholars for other scholars and university libraries. Some of these four titles from GPG seem to fit into that pattern, while others might find a somewhat wider audience. Briefly:
Cosner, Shaaron and Victoria Cosner. Women under the Third Reich: A Biographical Dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
Of the many WWII-related biographical dictionaries, few devote themselves -- as this one does -- exclusively to female notables. "This work provides biographical and bibliographical portraits of approximately 100 women whose lives were affected by the Nazi regime."
Sakamoto, Pamela Rotner. Japanese Diplomats and Jewish Refugees: A World War II Dilemma. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1998.
Until the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, a small but noticeable number of European Jews managed to escape via Russia and Siberia to the Far East, during that time a relatively peaceful sanctuary. At the Japanese consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania -- a nation independent until it "joined" the Soviet Union in 1940 and the consulates in Kaunas were closed -- vice-counsel Sugihara Chiune from 1939 until September 1940 issued 2,132 visas permitting Jewish refugees to escape Europe with their lives; of those refugees, many had only the flimsiest scraps of official travel documents nominally required of foreigners seeking Japanese transit visas.
Evleth, Donna. (Compiler) The Authorized Press in Vichy and German-Occupied France, 1940-1944. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
Only a specialist could love this list of wartime periodicals. "The purpose of this bibliography is to be a guide to the authorized press of the occupation period."
*LA TRIBUNE DES CHEMINOTS. Twice monthly. 1929-December 1940. Published by the National Federation of Railway Workers. Authorized in both zones [occupied and unoccupied]. A clandestine edition was published during the occupation period. (BN)
A tool for anyone planning to conduct research in wartime French publications; not highly recommended for too many other readers.
Lee, Loyd E. (Editor) World War II in Asia and the Pacific and the War's Aftermath, with General Themes: A Handbook of Literature and Research. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
The first of this two-volume set was published in 1997 and covered World War II in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. This one covers all facets of the war not included in the first book. "This volume presents a reevaluation of basic aspects of the war in Asia and the Pacific, as well as themes relating to societies at war, culture, the arts, science, and technology as well as international relations and the postwar period."
All four titles available from online booksellers, local bookshops, or directly from Greenwood Press.
Reviewed 28 February 1999
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