N june 1944, freda wineman and her family arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration and death camp. He also reveals that there was no single overarching blueprint for the Holocaust. After a cursory look from an SS doctor, Freda's life was spared and her mother was sent to the gas chambers.
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.
The Holocaust: A New History - A chronological, intensely readable narrative, this is a compelling exposition of humanity's darkest moment. 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.
Auschwitz: A New HistoryPublicAffairs - Yet its story is not fully known. Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail-from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred.
In auschwitz, laurence rees reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Hitler and Himmler to make Auschwitz the primary site for the extinction of Europe's Jews-their "Final Solution.
Auschwitz: A New History - He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were the result of a terrible immoral pragmatism. The story of the camp becomes a morality tale, too, in which evil is shown to proceed in a series of deft, almost noiseless incremental steps until it produces the overwhelming horror of the industrial scale slaughter that was inflicted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
This vivid and harrowing narrative history of the most notorious concentration camp of the Holocaust preserves the authentic voices of survivors and perpetrators The largest mass murder in human history took place in World War II at Auschwitz.
In the Hell of Auschwitz: The Wartime Memoirs of Judith Sternberg NewmanMemorandum Texts - Although at points it is a difficult read, it should be read by everyone so that such horrors will never be allowed to occur again. After the war judith sternberg newman married Senek Newman, a fellow concentration camp survivor, and emigrated to the United States 1947. She began writing her account immediately after arriving in the United States.
She worked as a nurse in Providence, Rhode Island, until her retirement. Sternberg, two sisters, three brothers, a niece, along with her mother, a brother-in-law, an aunt and uncle, and her fiancé all entered into the hell of Auschwitz. She was the only one to leave alive again. At five o’clock on february 23, 1942, Nazi police, armed with rifles surrounded the hospital where Sternberg worked.
In the Hell of Auschwitz: The Wartime Memoirs of Judith Sternberg Newman - Time had run out for the Jewish inhabitants of Breslau. There had been ten thousand Jewish inhabitants in the city prior to the rise of Nazis. In the hell of auschwitz was first published in 1963. Sternberg’s book relates episode after episode of events where she should have been killed, but for whatever reason, she was spared.
Much has been written of the horrific events that occurred in Nazi Germany, yet it is rare that you are able to hear of these stories written by survivors themselves. Newman passed away in 2008.
KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration CampsFarrar, Straus and Giroux - The first comprehensive history of the nazi concentration camps In a landmark work of history, seventy years ago, integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through their demise, Nikolaus Wachsmann offers an unprecedented, in the spring of 1945. A boldly ambitious work of deep importance, KL is destined to be a classic in the history of the twentieth century.
He not only synthesizes a new generation of scholarly work, much of it untranslated and unknown outside of Germany, based on many years of archival research, but also presents startling revelations, about the functioning and scope of the camp system. The third reich has been studied in more depth than virtually any other period in history, both perpetrators and victims, and yet until now there has been no history of the camp system that tells the full story of its broad development and the everyday experiences of its inhabitants, and all those living in what Primo Levi called "the gray zone.
KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps - In kl, wachsmann fills this glaring gap in our understanding. Examining, legal, life and death inside the camps, social, economic, close up, and adopting a wider lens to show how the camp system was shaped by changing political, and military forces, Wachsmann produces a unified picture of the Nazi regime and its camps that we have never seen before.
Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949St. Martin's Press - David cesarani’s final solution is a magisterial work of history that chronicles the fate of Europe’s Jews. Military failure denied the germans opportunities to expel Jews into a distant territory and created a crisis of resources that led to the starvation of the ghettos and intensified anti-Jewish measures.
For cesarani, war was critical to the Jewish fate. David cesarani’s final solution is the new standard chronicle of the fate of a heroic people caught in the hell that was Hitler’s Germany. Looking at the historical record, he disputes the iconic role of railways and deportation trains. Based on decades of scholarship, declassification of western intelligence service records, as well as diaries and reports written in the camps, documentation newly available from the opening of Soviet archives, Cesarani provides a sweeping reappraisal that challenges accepted explanations for the anti-Jewish politics of Nazi Germany and the inevitability of the “final solution.
Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 - The persecution of the jews, was not always the Nazis’ central preoccupation, as Cesarani sees it, nor was it inevitable. He shows how, it unfolded erratically, in German-occupied countries, often due to local initiatives. From prisoner diaries, he exposes the extent of sexual violence and abuse of Jewish women and follows the journey of some Jewish prisoners to displaced persons camps.
Why?: Explaining the HolocaustW. W. Norton & Company - As witnesses to the holocaust near the ends of their lives, it becomes that much more important to unravel what happened and to educate a new generation about the horrors inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews and non-Jews alike. Why? dispels many misconceptions and answers some of the most basic—yet vexing—questions that remain: why the jews and not another ethnic group? Why the Germans? Why such a swift and sweeping extermination? Why didn’t more Jews fight back more often? Why didn’t they receive more help? While responding to the questions he has been most frequently asked by students over the decades, world-renowned Holocaust historian and professor Peter Hayes brings a wealth of scholarly research and experience to bear on conventional, popular views of the history, challenging some of the most prominent recent interpretations.
A bold new exploration that answers the most commonly asked questions about the Holocaust. Despite the outpouring of books, movies, memorials, and courses devoted to the Holocaust, museums, a coherent explanation of why such ghastly carnage erupted from the heart of civilized Europe in the twentieth century still seems elusive even seventy years later.
Why?: Explaining the Holocaust - Numerous theories have sprouted in an attempt to console ourselves and to point the blame in emotionally satisfying directions—yet none of them are fully convincing. He argues that there is no single theory that “explains” the Holocaust; the convergence of multiple forces at a particular moment in time led to catastrophe.
In clear prose informed by an encyclopedic knowledge of Holocaust literature in English and German, Hayes weaves together stories and statistics to heart-stopping effect. Why? is an authoritative, groundbreaking exploration of the origins of one of the most tragic events in human history.
Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of AuschwitzPolity - Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dispassionately, evokes the terror inspired by the man in charge of the crematoria, and recounts the attempts made by some of the prisoners to escape, he details the grim round of daily tasks, ‘Angel of Death' Otto Moll, including the revolt of October 1944.
Slomo venezia was born into a poor Jewish-Italian community living in Thessaloniki, Greece. At first, the occupying italians protected his family; but when the Germans invaded, the Venezias were deported to Auschwitz. He knew that, having witnessed the unspeakable, he in turn would probably be eliminated by the SS in case he ever told his tale.
Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz - Given the chance to earn a little extra bread, he agreed to become a ‘Sonderkommando', without realising what this entailed. He survived: this is his story. This is a unique, eye-witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine. His mother and sisters disappeared on arrival, at first with disbelief, and he learned, that they had almost certainly been gassed.
He soon found himself a member of the ‘special unit' responsible for removing the corpses from the gas chambers and burning their bodies. It is usual to imagine that none of those who went into the gas chambers at Auschwitz ever emerged to tell their tale - but, as a member of a ‘Sonderkommando', Shlomo Venezia was given this horrific privilege.
A Convenient Hatred: The History of AntisemitismFacing History and Ourselves - A convenient hatred chronicles a very particular hatred through powerful stories that allow readers to see themselves in the tarnished mirror of history. It raises important questions about the consequences of our assumptions and beliefs and the ways we, make distinctions between us and them, right and wrong, as individuals and as members of a society, good and evil.
. These questions are both universal and particular.
The Holocaust: The Human TragedyRosettaBooks - It also demonstrates comprehensive evidence of Jewish resistance and the heroic efforts of Gentiles to aid and shelter Jews and others targeted for extermination, even at the risk of their own lives. Combining survivor testimonies, deft historical analysis, and painstaking research, The Holocaust is without doubt a masterwork of World War II history.
This book must be read and reread. Elie wiesel, nobel Peace Prizing–winning author of Night. A fascinating work that overwhelms us with its truth . . . It brings to light new source materials documenting Mengele’s diabolical concentration camp experiments and documents the activities of Himmler, Eichmann, and other Nazi leaders.
The Holocaust: The Human Tragedy - Rich with eyewitness accounts, and first-hand source materials—including documentation from the Eichmann and Nuremberg war crime trials—this sweeping narrative begins with an in-depth historical analysis of the origins of anti-Semitism in Europe, incisive interviews, and tracks the systematic brutality of Hitler’s “Final Solution” in unflinching detail.
The renowned historian weaves a definitive account of the Holocaust—from Hitler’s rise to power to the final defeat of the Nazis in 1945.
Perpetrators: The World of the Holocaust KillersOxford University Press - Lewy concludes that the perpetrators acted out of a variety of motives--a sense of duty, and a blind faith in anti-Semitic ideology, thirst for career, obedience to authority, among others. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions. Primo levi's words disclose a chilling truth: assigning blame to hideous political leaders, such as Hitler, and Heydrich, Himmler, is necessary but not sufficient to explain how the Holocaust could have happened.
A witness to the 1938 kristallnacht himself and the son of a concentration camp survivor, Lewy has searched for the reasons of the Holocaust out of far more than theoretical interest: it is a passionate attempt to illuminate a dismal chapter of his life--and of human history--that cannot be forgotten.
These leaders, in fact, civilian employees of the ss, relied on many thousands of ordinary men and women who made the Nazi machine work on a daily basis--members of the killing squads, the drivers of gas trucks, guards accompanying the trains to the extermination camps, and the personnel of death factories such as Auschwitz.
Perpetrators: The World of the Holocaust Killers - The result is a ghastly, extraordinarily detailed portrait of the Holocaust perpetrators, their mindset, and the motivations for their actions. Combining a rigorous historical analysis with psychological insight, the book explores the dynamics of participation in large-scale atrocities, offering a thought-provoking and timely reflection on individual responsibility for collective crimes.
. Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. Why did these ordinary people collaborate and willingly become mass murderers? In Perpetrators: The World of the Holocaust Killers, Guenter Lewy tries to answer one of history's most disturbing questions.
Beyond the Last Path: A Buchenwald Survivor's StoryOchre Books - Throughout, vibrant with humanity, the writing is poignant, a cry “de profundis” and a vow that it must never happen again. A mere number, his fellow-prisoners, observing his captors, he had the strength to remain a man, an artist of the word, life in the shadow of death. His work was first published in the United States in 1947 where he had gone to.
By this time weinstock weighed a mere eighty pounds and had seen many of his good friends die. …. This is the story of No. This book should be long remembered. Emil lengyeleugene weinstock was a Hungarian Jew who was living in Belgium at the beginning of the Second World War. 22483, who had been shipped from Belgium to Buchenwald.
He passed away in 1984. Beyond the last path records his life during those terrible years up to the point when American troops released the remaining prisoners in Buchenwald. It records what he saw and felt during his calvary from Antwerp to the Malin distribution camp in France and from there to the extermination camp of Buchenwald.
Beyond the Last Path: A Buchenwald Survivor's Story - He was one of the few people who both entered a Nazi concentration camp and left again. This is his remarkable personal story that records his experiences of one of the most harrowing events in human history. Buchenwald concentration camp was one of the first and largest camps to be built on German soil and during the years that Weinstock spent there he kept company with other Jews, Poles, Slavs, political prisoners and many other men and women that the Nazi’s deemed subhuman.