The Holocaust

A New History

Author: Laurence Rees

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610398459

Category: History

Page: 552

View: 2001

n June 1944, Freda Wineman and her family arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration and death camp. After a cursory look from an SS doctor, Freda's life was spared and her mother was sent to the gas chambers. Freda only survived because the Allies won the war--the Nazis ultimately wanted every Jew to die. Her mother was one of millions who lost their lives because of a racist regime that believed that some human beings simply did not deserve to live--not because of what they had done, but because of who they were. Laurence Rees has spent twenty-five years meeting the survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. In this sweeping history, he combines this testimony with the latest academic research to investigate how history's greatest crime was possible. Rees argues that while hatred of the Jews was at the epicenter of Nazi thinking, we cannot fully understand the Holocaust without considering Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals that there was no single overarching blueprint for the Holocaust. Instead, a series of escalations compounded into the horror. Though Hitler was most responsible for what happened, the blame is widespread, Rees reminds us, and the effects are enduring. The Holocaust: A New History is an accessible yet authoritative account of this terrible crime. A chronological, intensely readable narrative, this is a compelling exposition of humanity's darkest moment.

Forgotten Voices of The Holocaust

A new history in the words of the men and women who survived

Author: Lyn Smith

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409003590

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 9461

Following the success of Forgotten Voices of the Great War, Lyn Smith visits the oral accounts preserved in the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, to reveal the sheer complexity and horror of one of human history's darkest hours. The great majority of Holocaust survivors suffered considerable physical and psychological wounds, yet even in this dark time of human history, tales of faith, love and courage can be found. As well as revealing the story of the Holocaust as directly experienced by victims, these testimonies also illustrate how, even enduring the most harsh conditions, degrading treatment and suffering massive family losses, hope, the will to survive, and the human spirit still shine through.

A History of the Holocaust

Author: Yehuda Bauer,Nili Keren

Publisher: Children's Press(CT)

ISBN: 9780531155769

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 432

View: 1629

The author traces the roots of anti-Semitism that burgeoned through the ages and provides a comprehensive description of how and why the Holocaust occurred.

The Holocaust

A New History

Author: Laurence Rees

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241979951

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 4877

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER AND THE FIRST AUTHORITATIVE ACCOUNT FOR 30 YEARS. 'By far the clearest book ever written about the Holocaust, and also the best at explaining its origins and grotesque mentality, as well as its chaotic development' Antony Beevor 'Groundbreaking. You might have thought that we know everything there is to know about the Holocaust but this book proves there is much more' Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday Two fundamental questions about the Holocaust must be answered: How did it happen? And why? More completely than any other single work of history yet published, Laurence Rees's Holocaust definitively answers them. 'With The Holocaust Rees has set himself the task of writing an accessible chronological account of the murder of six million Jews in conditions of scarcely imaginable horror. He's done it excellently. There is no shortage of books on the Holocaust but Rees's stands out as a readable and authoritative exposition of how and why it happened, and the barbarous methods by which it was pursued. The amount of ground it covers in 500 pages is remarkable - from the anti-Semitism of popular German literature of the 19th century to Hitler's suicide and the surrender of his regime. It's excellently written and skilfully interweaves narrative history, sound interpretation and the recollections (through interviews, listed in the notes as "previously unpublished testimony") of survivors. Rees provides an exemplary account of how the greatest crime in modern history came about' The Times 'Rees has distilled 25 years of research into this compelling study, the finest single-volume account of the Holocaust. It is not a book for the faint-hearted. Some of the first-hand testimony is both shocking and heart-rending. Yet it has important things to say about human nature - what our species is capable of doing if not prevented by civilized laws - and demands to be read' Saul David, Telegraph 'Anyone wanting a compelling, highly readable explanation of how and why the Holocaust happened, drawing on recent scholarship and impressively incorporating moving and harrowing interviews need look no further than Laurence Rees's brilliant book' Professor Ian Kershaw, bestselling author of Hitler

Debating the Holocaust

A New Look at Both Sides

Author: Thomas Dalton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781591480051

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 8060

DEBATING THE HOLOCAUSTA NEW LOOK AT BOTH SIDESTHE CONTROVERSY THAT WON'T GO AWAYNOW, THE TRUTH BEHIND THE'¿¿HOLOCAUST DENIAL'¿¿ DEBATEThere was no budget.There was no plan.There was no extermination order from Hitler.Preeminent Holocaust expert Raul Hilberg said: '¿¿What beganin 1941 was a process of destruction not planned in advance,not organized centrally by any agency. There was no blueprintand there was no budget for destructive measures. [Thesemeasures] were taken step by step, one step at a time. Thuscame about not so much a plan being carried out, but anincredible meeting of minds, a consensus '¿¿ mind reading by afar-flung bureaucracy.'¿¿Is this really a comprehensible explanation?Key camps have all but vanished. So too the human remains.Material evidence is astonishingly absent. The allegedgassing procedure has serious, unanswered questions. Andthe famous '¿¿six million'¿¿ number has an amazing history.Revisionists claim that the public has been seriously misledby traditional historians. Are they right?IF WE COULD BE MISTAKIEN ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST,WHAT ELSE COULD WE BE WRONG ABOUT?

Denying the Holocaust

The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory

Author: Deborah E. Lipstadt

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476727481

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 5820

The denial of the Holocaust has no more credibility than the assertion that the earth is flat. Yet there are those who insist that the death of six million Jews in Nazi concentration camps is nothing but a hoax perpetrated by a powerful Zionist conspiracy. Sixty years ago, such notions were the province of pseudohistorians who argued that Hitler never meant to kill the Jews, and that only a few hundred thousand died in the camps from disease; they also argued that the Allied bombings of Dresden and other cities were worse than any Nazi offense, and that the Germans were the “true victims” of World War II. For years, those who made such claims were dismissed as harmless cranks operating on the lunatic fringe. But as time goes on, they have begun to gain a hearing in respectable arenas, and now, in the first full-scale history of Holocaust denial, Deborah Lipstadt shows how—despite tens of thousands of living witnesses and vast amounts of documentary evidence—this irrational idea not only has continued to gain adherents but has become an international movement, with organized chapters, “independent” research centers, and official publications that promote a “revisionist” view of recent history. Lipstadt shows how Holocaust denial thrives in the current atmosphere of value-relativism, and argues that this chilling attack on the factual record not only threatens Jews but undermines the very tenets of objective scholarship that support our faith in historical knowledge. Thus the movement has an unsuspected power to dramatically alter the way that truth and meaning are transmitted from one generation to another.

Why?: Explaining the Holocaust

Author: Peter Hayes

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393254372

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 6294

“Superbly written and researched, synthesizing the classics while digging deep into a vast repository of primary sources.” —Josef Joffe, Wall Street Journal Why? explores one of the most tragic events in human history by addressing eight of the most commonly asked questions about the Holocaust: Why the Jews? Why the Germans? Why murder? Why this swift and sweeping? Why didn’t more Jews fight back more often? Why did survival rates diverge? Why such limited help from outside? What legacies, what lessons? An internationally acclaimed scholar, Peter Hayes brings a wealth of research and experience to bear on conventional views of the Holocaust, dispelling many misconceptions and challenging some of the most prominent recent interpretations.

Promise of a New Spring

The Holocaust and Renewal

Author: Gerda Weissmann Klein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780940646513

Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Page: 48

View: 5969

Describes the events of the Jewish Holocaust, comparing it to a forest fire that destroys all forms on life. The survivors are the promise of renewal.

Black Earth

The Holocaust as History and Warning

Author: Timothy Snyder

Publisher: Bodley Head Childrens

ISBN: 9781847923493


Page: 480

View: 5974

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE The essential new book by the author of Bloodlands âe" âe~The most important work of history for yearsâe(tm), Antony Beevor A radical reframing of the Holocaust that challenges prevailing myths and draws disturbing parallels with the present. We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operation more than a million European Jews were already dead: shot at close range over pits and ravines. They had been murdered in the lawless killing zones created by the German colonial war in the East, many on the fertile black earth that the Nazis believed would feed the German people. It comforts us to believe that the Holocaust was a unique event. But as Timothy Snyder shows, we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust, and some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the ecological panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920s. As ideological and environmental challenges to the world order mount, our societies might be more vulnerable than we would like to think. Timothy Snyderâe(tm)s Bloodlands was an acclaimed exploration of what happened in eastern Europe between 1933 and 1945, when Nazi and Soviet policy brought death to some 14 million people. Black Earth is a deep exploration of the ideas and politics that enabled the worst of these policies, the Nazi extermination of the Jews. Its pioneering treatment of this unprecedented crime makes the Holocaust intelligible, and thus all the more terrifying. For more reading on how 'Hitler's World May Not Be So Far Away' (Guardian)

The Holocaust and the Nakba

A New Grammar of Trauma and History

Author: Bashir Bashir

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780231182973

Category: History

Page: 424

View: 9579

In this groundbreaking book, leading Arab and Jewish intellectuals examine how and why the Holocaust and the Nakba are interlinked without blurring fundamental differences between them. It searches for a new historical and political grammar for relating and narrating their complicated intersections.

The Holocaust and the West German Historians

Historical Interpretation and Autobiographical Memory

Author: Nicolas Berg

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299300846

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 1973

This landmark book, Nicholas Berg addresses the work of German and German-Jewish historians in the first three decades of post-World War II Germany. He examines how they perceived--and failed to perceive--the Holocaust and how they interpreted and misinterpreted that historical fact using an arsenal of terms and concepts, arguments, and explanations.

Architects of Annihilation

Auschwitz and the Logic of Destruction

Author: Götz Aly,Susanne Heim

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691089388

Category: History

Page: 378

View: 8857

Ultimately this would lead to the sinister 'adjusting' of the ratio between what were perceived as 'productive' and 'unproductive' population groups.".

The Holocaust in Historical Context: The holocaust and mass death before the modern age

Author: Steven T. Katz

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195072204

Category: History

Page: 720

View: 2588

This study attempts both to establish that the Holocaust is a singular event in human history and to develop the philosophical and theological implications of that uniqueness. It compares and contrasts other mass tragedies through the centuries to the Holo

Buried by the Times

The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper

Author: Laurel Leff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521812870

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 426

View: 5002

Looks at decisions made at The New York Times that resulted in the minimizing, misunderstanding, and dilution of the Holocaust in a behind-the-scenes study of how America's premier newspaper failed in its coverage of the fate of European Jews.

The Holocaust: The Origins, Events, and Remarkable Tales of Survival

Author: Philip Steele

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 9781338030402

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 5976

A detailed new look at one of history's darkest events, with dramatic photographs and heroic eyewitness accounts. During World War II, six million Jewish men, women, and children lost their lives under the Nazis, in one of the darkest events of modern history. THE HOLOCAUST: The Origins, Events, and Remarkable Tales of Survival is a thought-provoking new book that explores the complex reasons behind what led to the Holocaust, examines what life was like in concentration camps, and retells incredible stories of heroism in a sensitive and accessible way for a young audience. Featuring full-color contemporary illustrations, maps and charts, and historical photographs, this beautiful large format book will appeal to parents and teachers who want to introduce this subject to young readers. Eyewitness accounts and real-life stories of loss, courage, and survival bring a humanity and immediacy to the facts and images, making THE HOLOCAUST a compelling and invaluable read for a new generation.

The Holocaust

A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War

Author: Martin Gilbert

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805003482

Category: History

Page: 959

View: 7611

Sets the scene with a brief history of anti-Semitism prior to Hitler, and documents the horrors of the Holocaust from 1933 onward, in an incisive, interpretive account of the genocide of World War II

Is the Holocaust Unique? (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Alan S. Rosenbaum


ISBN: 1458777995

Category: History

Page: 776

View: 4714

In essays written specifically for this volume, distinguished contributors assess highly charged and fundamental questions about the Holocaust: Is it unique? How can it be compared with other instances of genocide? What constitutes genocide, and how should the international community respond? On one side of the dispute are those who fear that if the Holocaust is seen as the worst case of genocide ever, its character will diminish the sufferings of other persecuted groups. On the other side are those who argue that unless the Holocaust's uniqueness is established, the inevitable tendency will be to diminish its abiding significance. The editor's introductions provide the contextual considerations for understanding this multidimensional dispute and suggest that there are universal lessons to be learned from studying the Holocaust. The third edition brings this volume up to date and includes new readings on the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides, common themes in genocide ideologies, and Iran's reaction to the Holocaust. In a world where genocide persists and the global community continues to struggle with the implications of international crime, prosecution, justice, atonement, reparation, and healing, the issues addressed in this book are as relevant as ever.


The Nazis & the 'final Solution'

Author: Laurence Rees

Publisher: Random House


Category: Auschwitz (Concentration camp)

Page: 320

View: 2468

Accompanying a major BBC/PBS television event Auschwitz is the story of the role played by the most notorious Nazi concentration camp in the development of the final solution, published to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the camp's liberation in January 2005. With shocking eye-witness testimony and new archive material from the East, Auschwitz will revise current opinion on the running of the camp and the Nazi's decision-making processes.

Final Solution

The Fate of the Jews 1933-49

Author: David Cesarani

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230768918

Category: History

Page: 424

View: 3198

The Holocaust has never been so widely commemorated, but our understanding of the accepted narrative has rarely, if ever, been questioned.David Cesarani's sweeping reappraisal challenges accepted explanations for the anti-Jewish politics of Nazi Germany and the inevitability of the 'Final Solution'. The persecution of the Jews was not always the Nazis' central preoccupation, nor was it an inevitable process. Cesarani also reveals that in German-occupied countries it unfolded erratically, often due to local initiatives. Ghettos were improvised while the mass shooting of Jews during the invasion of Russia owed as much to the security situation as to anti-semitism.In this new interpretation, war is critical to the Jewish fate. Military failure denied the Germans opportunities to expel Jews into a distant territory and created a crisis of resources that led to starvation of the ghettos and intensified anti-Jewish measures. It was global war that eventually triggered genocide in Europe.Cesarani disputes the iconic role of railways, deportation trains and even Auschwitz, and reveals that plunder was more a cause of anti-Jewish feeling than a consequence of it. Using diaries and reports written in ghettos and camps, he exposes the extent of sexual violence and abuse of Jewish women by the Germans, their collaborators and, shockingly, by Jews themselves. But Cesarani also reveals the courage and ingenuity of those who struggled to evade capture and fought back wherever they could. And unlike previous histories, he follows the Jews' journey to the 'Displaced Persons' camps; camps which have so often been merely a footnote in the story but where Jews languished behind barbed wire for years after 'liberation'. This moving and dramatic account captures the fate of the Jews, the horror and the heroism, in their own words. Resting on decades of scholarship it is compelling, authoritative, and profoundly disturbing.

World War Two: Behind Closed Doors

Stalin, the Nazis and the West

Author: Laurence Rees

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448140455

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 9340

When do you think the Second World War ended? If the end of the war was supposed to have brought 'freedom' to countries that suffered under Nazi occupation, then for millions it did not really end until the fall of Communism. In the summer of 1945 many of the countries in Eastern Europe simply swapped the rule of one tyrant, Adolf Hitler, for that of another: Joseph Stalin. Why this happened has remained one of the most troubling questions of the entire conflict, and is at the heart of Laurence Rees' dramatic book. In World War II: Behind Closed Doors, Rees provides an intimate 'behind the scenes' history of the West's dealings with Joseph Stalin - an account which uses material only available since the opening of archives in the East as well as new testimony from witnesses from the period. An enthralling mix of high politics and the often heart-rending personal experiences of those on the ground, it will make you rethink what you believe about World War II.