The Holocaust

The Holocaust : The Jewish Tragedy

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This is a very thorough account of the experience of the Jews of Europe during World War II. It is virtually a day-by-day account, in men and women's own words, of the horrifying events of the Holocaust - the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jewish more

Product details

  • Paperback | 960 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 58mm | 739.35g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 25 maps; portraits
  • 0006371949
  • 9780006371946
  • 84,763

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An unusual, highly readable overview. New histories of the Holocaust can do more than recapitulate the familiar in new ways. They can find their own angle, and they can make their own unique contribution. For Gilbert, Holocaust history is to be seen from the bottom up. He does not just narrate history from the point of view of an objective historian. Virtually every historical episode is rendered more real, sometimes in a frightening and sometimes in a painfully sad way, by including testimonies of survivors who were witnesses. This technique, in which the survivors speak for the dead, is in and of itself an enormously provocative way of blending form and function. Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer, has written before on the Holocaust and other periods of Jewish history. But this is his best book, because it succeeds at so many levels. He aimed to restore dignity to the victims, a dignity that was all many had to resist with and therefore precisely what the Nazis wished to destroy. This he has done as we hear the stories of the dead told by those who were there. The whole area of resistance is treated in significant detail. What emerges is a sometimes jarring juxtaposition of tale and history, a book replete with bravery and self-sacrifice and love. This long book merits careful reading, reading that will be emotionally overwhelming at times. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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"A fascinating work that overwhelms us with its truth . . . This book must be read and reread." --Elie Wiesel, "Chicago Tribune" "A classic story . . . Indispensable for the material it contains, for the soundness of its scholarship, and for Gilbert's ability to narrate and present this history in a style that bears the weight of the subject matter." --"The Christian Science Monitor"show more

About Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936 and educated at Highgate School and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1962, he became research assistant to Randolph Churchill and, after Randolph's death, succeeded him as biographer of Sir Winston Churchill. He is the author of many works of history and lives in London and more

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This book altough quite a considerable size in pages, took me little under a week to finish and enhanced my understanding of the Holocuast and the Jewish peoples sufferings during this horrific time. The book is cramped with personal experiences from the Ghettos, Streets, Professionals, SS Men and Nuremburg evidence from the war crimes trials after the war. The book could never be made to a tv series for its contents are by for too upsetting at times to be even acted out, some pages leave even the hardest man to tears and one cant help feel throughout the book that they wished more lives could have been saved, if we had acted sooner perhaps. A really amazing book by the best historian in modern day, Martin more
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