“A mighty, mature and major work” was the verdict of Ben Barkow in the JC, when reviewing the original publication of Final Solution: The
Fate of the Jews 1933-49 by David
Cesarani — who died in October 2015 before the book was published. It is now available in a hefty, illustrated paperback (Pan, £14.99). In it, Cesarani argues that Hitler’s policy to exterminate Europe’s Jews was “neither planned nor inevitable”.