This article examines the historiography of the Holocaust and its implications for public administration. The analysis shows how bureaucratic procedures and values carried out by regular civil servants were essential to both the formulation and implementation of the Holocaust. This cautionary tale urges public administrators to reflect on the possibility that their systems and actions can contribute to the worst kinds of human behavior and to consider incorporating the Holocaust into the identity of the field.


Original Citation: Balfour, Danny L. "Historiography of the Holocaust: A Cautionary Tale for Public Administration." American Review of Public Administration 27, no. 2 (1997): 133-144.