"...it is well to remember how recent is the beginning of professional study of the holocaust and how short a period of time the enterprise has had to establish itself. Up to the time of the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, in 1961, there was relatively little discussion of the massacre of European Jewry. At Nuremberg, immediately after the war, crimes against the Jews were part of the proceedings conducted by the International Military Tribunal, but such crimes never assumed a prominent place. But these trials did not draw wide attention and were not the occasion for recounting the full history of mass murder."
- M. Marrus, The Holocaust in History
I find the use of the word "enterprise" to be distasteful, if not somewhat questionable. (I know, 'Torus9, quit being such a grammar-nazi.')
Yet the Haaretz article states...
On January 21, 1944, about a year and a half before the end of World War II, a dramatic item was published on the front page of Haaretz. Under the headline “Six million Jewish victims,” it brought unusual testimony for the time about the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust. “Six million – that’s the calculation made by two young men in a meeting with members of their party organizations in Palestine,” the report said.
“With pencil in hand they counted the number of victims in each country and reached an astonishing number – 6 million Jews were murdered and killed and died in Nazi-occupied countries in death camps, concentration camps, labor camps and the various ghettos,” the article said.
That's a staggeringly laborious "enterprise" under the best of circumstances.
"...the terrain is so unfamiliar, the frame of reference so horrifying and bizarre, and the cultural landmarks so unintelligble that customary historical methods may simply fail."
The Holocaust in History, p.129