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80629: A Mengele Experiment
by Gene Church
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 May, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Mengele Experiment - Man's Inhumanity to Man Personified
`80629' A Mengele Experiment by Gene Church is the story of Yakoff Skurnik's journey through the hell that was known as Auschwitz.The horrors that are described in this book are almost beyond belief, beyond comprehension, beyond the brain's ability to register them, yet they were common place in Skurnik's world.The fact that he was able to survive any portion of this monstrous existence is a testament to his inner strength and to a great deal of luck.The book is extremely well written and the reader will find himself going through life, if one can call it that, with Skurnik as if he or she were there with him.Mr. Church should be commended for telling the story of this remarkable man and `80629' should be mandatory reading for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lest We Forget ! Read It....Please !
This book is one of the most powerful Holocaust books that I have ever read and it will grip you intensely from beginning to end. It is extremely well written and will make most readers angry that innocent people can be treated in such a manner for just one reason alone. Just because they were Jewish.

This is the heartrending story of YakoffSkurnik(Jack Oran), including his experiences as a Jew growing up in Poland and in relation to his imprisonment during the Nazi Holocaust. Yakoff's childhood/upbringing in Poland is described amongst an almost palpable anti-Semitism in what is depicted as an "inborn national pass-time" within the local/native, Polish population. Even the ancient myth of the "blood libel" still being openly taught amongst a number of other anti-Jewish prejudices which were continually being used to build generations of unjustified hostility. A hostility acted upon with violence at almost every given opportunity.

Shortly after the Nazis entered Yakoff's home town of Sierpc, the book describes how the SS & Gestapo publicly burnt down the town's oldest and largest synagogue in broad daylight. The local fire-engine was stopped at gunpoint and the synagogue allowed to burn. For their amusement the Nazis then forced the Jews to form a long line of men passing single buckets of water in an utterly hopeless attempt to quench the flames. When the men were eventually exhausted, they were then forced to `dance' around the burning synagogue at gunpoint. To further their amusement the Nazis then forced the males to strip from the waist down and crawl around the synagogue on their hands and knees. Even the elderly were not spared, indeed some elderly Jews had their beards publicly clipped for further amusement. The enormous public shame and degradation, in full view of the watching Polish civilian population who were not harassed by the Nazis, was only matched by the enthusiasm and perverse pleasure of the SS & Gestapo responsible.

The story progresses to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps and the "selection" upon arrival. Following which a long column, each individual wearing the prominent yellow, six pointed `Star of David', (including the elderly, the frail, all females, as well as children and babes in arms - including most of Yakoff's family) proceeded straight to the gas chambers. Only the males considered "able to work" were spared instant death.

The "selection" and Yakoff's other experiences described here are replete with further episodes of degradation, beatings and other sick/perverted Nazi jokes which rend the imagination as to how man can stoop to such deranged levels.Yakoff personally witnessing many fellow Jewish inmates being beaten to death in front of him by "senior prisoners", who used their heavy sticks against the heads of the victims until their skulls audibly cracked.

Another of the many slaughters involved an episode on Christmas Day itself. After the Nazi troops had attended Church, tens of thousand of only Jewish prisoners were selected to run a gauntlet along a mud filled track lined on both sides with troops carrying batons and trained German Shepherd attack dogs. Each Jewish prisoner was forced to carry a quantity of rocks and run the gauntlet whilst being beaten at every step by wooden clubs and bitten by dogs. Those who fell or slipped were beaten to death, their bodies chewed by the dogs. Thousands died.

What also pervades the described concentration camp procedures is the lengths to which the Nazi regime was prepared to go to ensure accuracy in documenting the numbers and identities of Jewish prisoners in custody and even those who were murdered. The corpses were always piled in groups of five high for ease of counting and "disposal". The left arm of each dead prisoner was pulled out and his tattooed number taken, ticked off against a list of the prisoners, before being transported to the crematoria.

In due course, Yakoff and a number of other Jewish prisoners were selected for "medical experimentation" by Nazi "medical" staff under Dr. Josef Mengele. The experiences and inhumane levels of depravity incorporated into the experiments are not suitable for mention in any review. Suffice to say that they are beyond anything previously experienced in the camps by Yakoff. The experiences described are not for the squeamish, yet to appreciate the context of the Jewish suffering and the levels of Nazi barbarity it is perhaps necessary to persevere & read the agonising accounts of Yakoff, as one who managed to survive against all the odds, whilst others who were experimented upon at the same time perished.

Yakoff's experiences are described until his liberation towards the war's end. It is difficult to comprehend the vastness of the Nazi death machine at work here. In Birkenau alone, the gas chambers/crematoriums could ruthlessly murder/dispose of over 2,000 at a time, many times a day. The casualty figures are akin to numerous "September 11" type tragedies every single day, for many years. We all owe it to ourselves to read this book and to ensure that this does not happen again. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome survival story.
I have just finished this incredible book. I didnt think 'man is wolf to man' could be topped but this is better.what a survivor.what a man. Read it. ... Read more

Isbn: 0964429322
Sales Rank: 265151
Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. General    4. History: World    5. Holocaust    6. Holocaust survivors    7. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)    8. Human experimentation in medicine    9. Poland    10. Oran, Jack   


Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
by Filip Muller
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5-0 out of 5 stars DETAILING HELL...
I read "Eyewitness Auschwitz" for a book report due for a class I am taking on the Holocaust, but it is a book that will resonate with me long after this class is over. Filip Muller's account of life, and death, in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Camp, where over a million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, is engaging from the very outset, detailing the function of the Extermination Camp, while also showing the hell that Muller and other prisoners like him lived in. Most moving is his account of the extermination of the family camp, all of whom died bravely.
"Eyewitness Auschwitz" is riveting storytelling that will keep you engaged from the beginning to the end. It is a very important book that should be made required reading in all High School and College History classes. Grade: A+

5-0 out of 5 stars In The Fires Of Hell
Eyewitness Auschwitz is the story of the author's three year journey through the hell that was the gas chambers at Auschwitz.Although not a literary masterpiece, Eyewitness provides us with an invaluable and in depth look at what life and death were like in the horrific world that was Auschwitz.How someone was able to survive under these conditions for three years and keep their sanity is a wonder.The only characters missing in the book were Dante and the Devil, both of whom surely would have felt right at home in this living hell.This is a book that must be read by all.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good first read on the Holocaust.
I first read this book in the spring of 1982 when I was 16. I was overwhelmed by the content and the author's description of the gas chambers at Auswitz, as well as the fine detail of the burning pits that were constructed to minimize fuel consumption as well as maximize the diposal of murdered persons. Later when I was 30 I read it again and wept for mr Muller and all those who did suffer so within the dark machinery of the SS. What I found fascinating was that the author became numb to the Horrors around him with the passage of time. This too happened to me while I read his words. He portrayed what he saw in a very vivid manner. I recommend this personal narrative very highly to those who wish to get a first hand look into the Holocaust. ... Read more

Isbn: 1566632714
Sales Rank: 25566
Subjects:  1. Auschwitz (Concentration camp)    2. Biography    3. Czechoslovakia    4. General    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. History: World    8. Holocaust    9. Jewish - General    10. Jewish Holocaust    11. Military - World War II    12. Muller, Filip    13. Personal narratives, Czech    14. Poland    15. Prisoners of war    16. World War, 1939-1945    17. History / Military / World War II    18. Judaica   


Father, Forgive Us: A Christian Response to the Church's Heritage of Jewish Persecution
by Fred Wright
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well Researched Study Into The Age-Old Hatred Of The Jews.
I initially ordered this book with the understanding that it was essentially a study on the aspects of both passive and active anti-Semitism within some elements of the Church in relation to the Nazi Holocaust. Attitudes which, together with an alarming apathy, bore a considerable level of responsibility in relation to the persecution of the Jewish people at that time. Although the book provides a commendable investigation of these actual subjects, this work is far, far more extensive than what I had imagined. This scholarly, moving book seriously impressed me in both it's depth and scope.

It is extremely well researched and presents a wealth of evidence. The book is passionately written with a sincere yearning for a genuine repentance amongst the Christian Church towards the Jewish people who are described as being the root of their faith. A deep yearning for a healing of nineteen hundred years of Jewish-Christian relations which includes a recognition by the Church of the concrete realities pertaining to the Holocaust, the State of Israel, the role of Israel among the nations and its true place relating to Scripture. Indeed, this study extends very much into Church history to discover the disturbing roots of anti-Jewish hatred and expands to even cover modern day anti-Semitism and the present situation in the Middle East. The subject of Holocaust denial is also discussed. We are additionally presented with a section dealing with the history of the British Mandate in Palestine and yet another which deals with the Jews under Islam. The latter addressing the Dhimmi status of non-Moslems and Sharia law.

The ancient blood libels and many other issues underlying the virulent, vehement and fervid hatred of the Jewish people which culminated in so much persecution and slaughter, are provided with appropriate attention. Also addressed here is the arraignment against the Jews of Deicide. A concept frequently found in the writings of the Early Church Fathers and which was passed down through the ages. Something described as the ultimate manifestation and exercise of wickedness where the Jews are depicted as the murderers of the vehicle of their own Salvation, Jesus Christ. Yet another parallel indictment against the Jews, which originated from the very same sources as that of Deicide is that of the Jews being in league with the devil. These principles of shameless, racial hatred are discussed at length.

In relation to the Holocaust, the book points out that it may indeed come as a shock to many to discover that the Holocaust, (carried out in the middle of Christian Europe), was largely carried out by baptised Christians. (Adolf Hitler himself being described as a member of the Catholic Church.) Elements of the Nazi killing machine even being cited as being welcomed in many areas and being supplemented and supported by a number of local church leaders and their congregants. Whilst this may shock some readers, this subject deserves our attention irrespective of the individuals opinions pertaining to these revelations.

The book goes to great pains to illustrate that the Jewish people have been the focus of universal animosity throughout history and their Diaspora, even when they have been a minority race, largely dis-empowered, without political or national aspirations and until recently without a homeland. The book describing how the Jewish people have even adopted the societal norms, language, dress, culture and even religion of those amongst whom they have been scattered.Yet, despite this, the hatred of their race still could not be quelled.

This study also reveals how a particularly subtle form of anti-Semitism has insinuated its way into recent, modern thought. A hatred, whichincludes all of its ancient loathing, but is now to be found under the new labels of anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism. The study elaborating on this with due reference to context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the declared goals in the Arab world to eradicate the Jewish presence. Yasser Arafats own determined stance on the phased plan to destroy Israel receiving mention on page 103. The work of the new historians and their revisionist history are also cited. A timely reminder being quoted here that those who forget the past are condemned to relive it.

The book describes three phases within the operation of anti-Semitism. The first being cited as covert and which is exemplified by social exclusion together with the use of derogatory terminology. The second being overt which is exemplified by public announcement giving rise to sanctions and violence. The third being exterminatory and exemplified by genocide and ethnocide. These issues are themselves examined at length with due reference and example. The relevance of these principles in relation to the present day Middle East conflict emanates through the text.

The text also declares that the term anti-Semitism in the modern era is something of an anachronism as clearly some of the leading practitioners of active anti-Semitism are the Arab nations, who are of course Semites themselves. The book further elaborating that a more appropriate description of the hatred of the Jews would be the German term JUDENHASS, which essentially means the hatred of the Jews and all that they represent.

This is a most welcome book relating to a number of issues which both Christian and Jew need to grapple with. Issues which should not and cannot be ignored. Highly recommended. ... Read more

Isbn: 1854246054
Sales Rank: 738256
Subjects:  1. Christianity - History - Social Issues    2. Judaism - History    3. Religion - Church History   


Hanged at Auschwitz : An Extraordinary Memoir of Survival
by Sam Kessel
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (25 December, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Hanged" Is A Triumph
Auschwitz seems a strange place to have a guardian angel.But Sim Kessel had one who in more than one case helps him to survive the hell of the camp.

Sim's story is perhaps one of the saddest I've ever read.The excessive torment he describes, the grisley and disgusting squallor of the camp seems so horrific that at some points I wondered if Sim wasn't expanding the truth - and then I immediately realized that he is not.He can not.Not with this.

Sim's story also is one of endurance.His beaten, starved, sickened body kept going through impossible circumstances and it's nothing short of miraculous.Yet the author does not ask your pity.He simply tells his story.I got up late yesterday and didn't have time to eat.Later I became very hungry but couldn't eat right away and started whining to myself.Then I remembered Sim.And shut up.He will be with me for a long time.

I would classify this as "a must read."

5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Man, Remarkable Story
Hanged at Auschwitz, by Sim Kessel, is the story of the author's horrific but incredible journey through the horror that was Auschwitz.Starting off with an arrest, and two weeks of torture at the hands of the Gestapo, Kessel then spends the next nine months in a French transit camp waiting to be sent to his final destination, and in the world that he lived in, final most times meant final.After the transit camp, and the infamous train rides where people were treated worse than animals, he ends up at Auschwitz.It was only due to his experience as a boxer, his athleticism, and a lot of luck that he was able to survive this "living hell."Three times he was marked for death and three times he miraculously survived.Despite the intense subject matter the book is a quick read.This is an amazing story of courage and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hung before 25,000 witnesses. A gripping story of survival.
This excellent book covers the remarkable true story of Sim Kessel, a French Jew, throughout his experiences as a member of the French Resistance followed by his arrest by the Nazis and his subsequent detention at Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camps.

His numerous brushes with death at the hands of the Nazis throughout his detention are covered in some detail, including the forced death march to other Concentration Camps prior to eventual liberation at the hands of the allies at the war's end.

There are many harrowing incidents throughout this book. It is extremely moving as Kessel describes the absolute enthusiasm in which his fellow French citizens and French Policemen participated, and indeed clearly enjoyed, rounding up their fellow Jews prior to handing them over to Nazi forces.

The book at times reads like a novel and grips you from beginning to end.

The horrifying experiences of Kessel includes his shocking execution for his part in a failed (almost successful) escape attempt. Kessel was publicly hung together with his four co-escapers on a gallows in front of an audience of some 25,000 prisoners who forced to watch the execution as a deterrent to other would be escapees.

Each prisoner was hung one at a time, with Kessel last. Viewing the deaths of his comrades, Kessel closed his eyes and awaited his own death. The trap door sprung and he fell to his death.... but the rope broke. Unaware of this due to a loss of consciousness, Kessel was then dragged away to be shot in the back of the head by another prisoner named Jacob, whose forced employment was to execute many individual prisoners in this way. Pre-war Jacob having been the trainer to former world heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling.

Again awaiting his death, Kessel, himself a former professional boxer, befriended Jacob through their involvement in boxing. The latter subsequently providing Kessel with the identity of an already slain prisoner which he retained throughout the remainder of his detention.

This is a very moving testimony, not only to Sim Kessel, but to the many millions who did not survive. A highly recommended read. ... Read more

Isbn: 0815411626
Sales Rank: 455487
Subjects:  1. Auschwitz (Concentration camp)    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Boxers (Sports)    7. France    8. General    9. Historical - Holocaust    10. Holocaust    11. Kessel, Sim    12. Personal narratives    13. Personal narratives, French    14. World War, 1939-1945   


The Holocaust Encyclopedia
by Judith Baumel, Walter Laqueur
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 March, 2001)
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Although most libraries now contain many shelves of books describing various aspects of the Holocaust, comprehensive one-volume histories or reference books on the subject are rare. Thus, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, edited by Walter Lacquer (a modern European historian who has taught at Harvard, Brandeis, and Tel Aviv University, among others), fills an important gap in existing Holocaust literature. His book gathers accessible articles by many of the world's leading Holocaust scholars on the full range of people and places involved, from Adolph Hitler and Gypsies to Russia and the Soviet Union. The articles are complemented by a comprehensive chronology and an excellent bibliographical essay, and by almost 300 illustrations, including maps and photographs. The photographs, by Adam Kaczkowski, are particularly well chosen and designed. Photography's importance in the act of Holocaust remembrance is poignantly understated by Roger Greenspun in his entry on "Cinema and Television," in which he writes, "This was the first great human catastrophe to have so many pictures taken of it." The Holocaust Encyclopedia will become the first stop in the library for high school students wishing to learn about the Holocaust. It will also provide college students and adults with a reliable, authoritative, big-picture perspective on aspects of a genocide that, no matter how fully it is known, will never fully be understood. -- Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Loaded with useful and educational information
This book is a must for World War II aficionados and scholars alike. It certainly is worthy of the title "encyclopedia," as it contains just about every known figure on both sides of the Holocaust. I highly recommend getting the book, no matter your expertise level. It's a great teaching tool for beginners who want to learn the ABCs of what happend and why, and it's a great reference book for scholars who want to learn intimate, small and minute details about one of the worst tragedies mankind has ever known. Well worth the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not sure how helpful this is but its packed full o' info.
Its about time a Holocaust Encyclopedia appeared on the shelves.This wonderful volume includes refferences to everything you could ever possibly want to know about the holocaust.This 800 page volume contains many useful maps and pictures which will be helpful.Coverage is well done.Their is some question as to the accuracy of the entry detailing the rvolt at Auschwitz as various sources("Anatomy of a death Camp') have put the number of Germans killed at 4 or 5 while 'Doctors Eyewitness account' put the numbers at as many as 100.Clearly something is missing.THe SS kept such extensive records of the numbers of Jews they killed one would think that someone could unearth the number of SS killed/hospitalized after the crematorium revolt.

Nonetheless this large piece of information will be helpful for reference.As a general rule Encyclopedias are pretty much useless outside of research as they appear to be usefull but the reader will gnerally get no happy times or enjoyment out of reading them.I recommend Martin Gilberts 'The Holocaust' as the best and most accesible account of the terrible event.

Far superior to the Rozett 'Encyclopedia of the Holocaust' which is smaller and not as authoritative.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive & Authoritative Study On Genocide.
This is an invaluable source of reference for those interested in studying the Holocaust. It is superbly presented and extremely well written, consisting of over 800 pages & containing some 276 photographs (some previously unpublished) together with19 maps plus a full index and reference section.

The study declares that anti-Semitism (hatred of the Jews) was a central issue to the intended physical extermination/genocide of the Jews and it is the central topic of this book.

This comprehensive, authoritative one-volume reference provides reliable information on this ignoble and frightening episode of modern history covering an immense number of issues pertaining to the Holocaust, all of which are presented alphabetically for ease of access and reference. Historical essays are also written for each country with a sizable Jewish community.

Such issues addressed are "Holocaust denial", "the Protocols of the Elders of Zion", "Kristallnacht", "Gypsies", "Nazi policy", "British policy" &"medical experimentation" in what is one of the most readable histories of the Holocaust available. My only criticism of this book is that I would have liked more coverage of the Nazi individuals behind the atrocities and horrors so commendably documented here. Although some are included, many are not.

Having said that I would encourage all interested parties to acquire this book if at all possible. As stated, one of the subjects covered is "Holocaust denial" and as survivors become fewer and fewer, possession of such a priceless reference cannot be understated. Thank you. ... Read more

Isbn: 0300084323
Subjects:  1. Encyclopedias    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Holocaust    6. Holocaust, 1933-1945    7. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)    8. Jewish Holocaust    9. Reference    10. History / Holocaust   


Auschwitz and the Allies : A Devastating Account of How the Allies Responded to the News of Hitler's Mass Murder (An Owl Book)
by Martin Gilbert
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (15 September, 1990)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting View...
Martin Gilbert, who writes "Auschwitz and the Allies" illustrates a very colorful picture of what the mindset of the German leader Adolf Hitler and his military leaders in the period of World War One, all the way to the end of World War Two. Gilbert uses references to many primary sources, (mostly newspaper articles) to show his point. He uses these excerpts to show that his points can be backed with historical data. Gilbert also shows how the Allies played an important role in this process at Auschwitz.The rest of the book seems to show the lack of support from the Allies to the Jews. The book takes a look as to why the allies gave the cold shoulder to a horrific time in our past. Gilbert seems to think that the mass murder of the Jewish people took place before the Allies had enough information to steam ahead on a stop to this. He does, however, carry a very sarcastic tone in this book. He claims that many of the allied leaders looked at these stories of the horrific killing of the Jews as "customary Jewish exaggeration." Gilbert claims that the extermination of the Jews was well known in Europe. He says that the knowledge of where the people where headed was the information that kept people from stopping anything. Gilbert counters the "customary Jewish exaggeration" with "typical Nazi deception". The Nazi's deceived more people than the Jews exaggerated to. Gilbert ends his book with a summary. He says that there were two major victories in the war, and many failures. He throws the blame of ignorance on the allies, and gives the victories to the Nazi's, for their ability to nearly annihilate the Jews, and for deceiving the rest of the world.(please excuse the jumping around, this is a summary of a five page paper)

3-0 out of 5 stars D. Roberts, something you left out
There is NO question that the hatred of the Jews existed everywhere in the large part of Europe (especially Poland and France) and in the United States. However, OF THE ALLIES, it seems that you've skipped two of the most DIRECT examples. First, of course, was FDR turning away the ship of refugees whose last hope was the USA. They all were sent back to Europe and were murdered. Much worse was the inaction of Eisenhower (under a cloak from FDR), that caused him to refuse the simple act of bombing RR bridges on the route to the camps. ... No study is complete without Roul Hilberg's "The Distruction of the European Jews" ... Perhaps Gilbert's book is better then his first, but there are SO many MUCH better books out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Turning our backs on genocide. A disturbing study.
This is an excellent study by Sir Martin Gilbert surrounding the most horrific period in Jewish history, the Holocaust, and the 'role' of the Allies.

We are confronted with the disturbing revelation that, although supplied with considerable information about the decimation of Jewish communities in the Nazi Concentration Camps & gas ovens of Europe, the Allies turned a blind and incredulous eye to the suffering and slaughter.

In relation to the British involvement (or lack of it), the book quotes from a letter by Winston Churchill to Anthony Eden dated July 1944 pertaining to the Nazi slaughter of Jews in Europe;-"...there is no doubt that this is probably the greatest and most horrible single crime ever committed in the whole history of the world..."

One would think that this expression of apparent concern would have led to the most aggressive intervention possible to rescue the vast numbers facing genocide. Not so ! The book shows that Churchill did indeed order a so-called feasibility study for possible air-strikes on Auschwitz, but subsequently did nothing. The issue was passed to the Americans who also did...nothing.

Before some say that it was too late in 1944 anyway, the book clearly illustrates the Allied possession of such knowledge of an ongoing genocide in 1942.

Hitler himself being shown to have publically announced during 1942, before an enormous crowd & film crews, that the war in Europe would result in the complete annihilation of the Jews. Some 11,000,000 in Europe. The Allied Government's all heard this, but looked away.

The book details a number of British newspaper headlines and extensive reports, some of which follow;-
"Nazis murder 700,000 Jews in Poland". - Daily Telegraph, 25 June 1942, which also included a follow up report under the heading "Travelling Gas Chambers".
Additionally, the following reports were published publically on 30 June 1942;
"Massacre of Jews - Over 1,000,000 have died since the war began". - The Times.
"Greatest pogrom - one million Jews die". - Daily Mail.

Other such references are also included, all of which show an alarming knowledge of the Nazis agenda and operations for the last 3-4 years of the war.

The contents of this study clearly show that the Allies had both the equipment and technology to bomb/destroy the railway lines and bridges leading to Nazi Concentration Camps and even the gas chambers themselves at Auschwitz. Allied aircrews and far-reaching amounts of aircraft were even risked to drop supplies to assist the Polish resistance during the Warsaw Uprising against the Germans.

Missions that even entailed overflying Auschwitz itself whilst en-route to Warsaw, yet not a single bomb or supply was dropped to assist the Jews. Having served in the British armed forces, I feel an incredible level of shame whilst writing this.

The book proceeds to examine whether it was not perhaps `politically expedient' for the Allies to intervene on behalf of the Jews. The British situation in Palestine is studied, in particular the restrictions placed upon Jewish immigration into Palestine and British interests in the Middle East in parallel with the latter's relationship with the Arab world.

Reference is made amongst others to the incident surrounding what the British called the `illegal' refugee ship `Struma', carrying some 750 men, women and children, forbidden entry into Palestine and sent back to the Black Sea. Despite there being little food or sanitary provisions for these poor people and their vessel being declared as unseaworthy, no help was forthcoming. Indeed, the book shows that neither humanitarian or military considerations would change British policy towards the Jews. The `Struma' mysteriously blowing-up in the Black Sea with all but one of the 750 refugees being allowed to perish.

This is an essential contribution towards Holocaust studies. Might I respectfully recommend another book upon this same subject entitled "The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945" by David Wyman. ... Read more

Isbn: 0805014624
Sales Rank: 626754
Subjects:  1. Diplomatic history    2. Europe - Germany    3. History - General History    4. History: American    5. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)    6. Jews    7. Military - World War II    8. Military History - World War II    9. Poland    10. World War, 1939-1945    11. History / Holocaust   

The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War
by Martin Gilbert
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 April, 1987)
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A compelling book on an ugly subject, The Holocaust may be the finest book available for those who want a general understanding of how the rise of the Nazis in Germany impacted the Jewish people--as well as those who want to learn exactly what was at stake in the Second World War. When The Holocaust was first published in 1986, Elie Wiesel gave it a glowing review, writing, "This book must be read and reread." It occasionally seems like a numbing catalog of unspeakable horrors, but how else does one write a comprehensive history of such a great tragedy? Gilbert is an accomplished author with a frighteningly long list of books to his credit; this is among his best. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Much Much Controversy
The Subject of the Holocaust was a very minor event in history...Yet it occupies Incredible amounts of books and refrences...And Much of the So Called "Good Full Studies", Leave very important parts out. They only include all the deaths and arrests, but never things like the German People helping jews out, or Such as the Exemptions from the Camps, and the hundreds of thousands of jews that got slips, (Personally Signed by Hitler) , that exempted them from the camps.
The Holocaust is a very sad subject, very sobering and tragic...Yet it is not the only history event of Enourmous tragedy, and to only discuss it is Exactly Evil...There were others that Hitler Kiled, Noone ever hears about them as much, and also the Hundred Million Or More killed ruthlessly and bloodily in disgusting ways by The Greatest Murderers such as Stalin, Mao, and Others.
The Holocaust is a tradegy yes, but it is not the only one. Add this book to your library, but also add many others, for the other Hundreds of Millions of lIves brutally killed during "Peacetime"...

5-0 out of 5 stars The bloody truth
For those with a self hurting desire to know the whole horrible truth about the bloody act of social engineering known to history as The Holocaust, this book is one of the best eye opening and stomach churning works on the subject.

Having such a desire, this was one of the first books on the subject I purchased and read from beginning to end.

It was very painful to read. Every horrible event well described without being graphic oroverdone. Better thandiet pills for killing one's appetite. All the horrible things that happened.

How did something as this happen?

Read this book and learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars There are no words
There are no words to describe the Evils written about in this book. But the words Martin Gilbert has do describe with historical precision the destruction of the Jews of Europe by the Nazis and their various allies. The book is difficult and painful to read because of the horrible stories it tells. And as one reviewer on Amazon has said this is a record not of one crime but of thousands of crimes done every day, not of one cruelty but of millions of cruelties. One of the features of this historical accounting which may seem to some to disturb the flow of the overall historical narrative but which to me seemed to give tremendous weight and power of the book is the account of individual lives, the stories of those people who actually suffered and went through the Shoah. Naming of names in this way, and telling the stories of the ' little people' seems to me to give the account a human strength that more general accounts lack.
This work is as I said very difficult to read because of its painful subject matter. Reading it one certainly learns about ' man's inhumanity to man' the cruelty Mankind is capable of. One learns to know how certain specific peoples seem to display special tendencies for that cruelty. One learns about the worst chapter in all of Jewish history , and of the surviving remnant of it.
Who wishes to know and understand the full character of human history must read this book, or one like it.
G-d help us all. ... Read more

Isbn: 0805003487
Subjects:  1. History - General History    2. History: World    3. Holocaust    4. Holocaust, Jewish (1933-1945)    5. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)    6. Military - World War II   


Masters of Death : The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
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Masters of Death is Richard Rhodes's chronological account of the Third Reich's Einsatzgruppen (a hand-picked task force) and its death work--the executions of 1.5 million people, Jews and non-Jews--in Russia and Eastern Europe from 1941 through 1943. Rhodes sees these operations (the victims were, almost exclusively, shot) as a ghastly prelude to the subsequent (and much more written-about) horrors of the death camps. In chilling--and occasionally excessive--detail, Rhodes describes the killings and the reasons behind the Reich's cautious, rather than precipitous, escalation of the same: the military's "concern for German and world opinion"; the need to improve methodology; and finally, the need to "condition" the troops, thereby avoiding "disabling trauma." Rhodes makes good use of firsthand accounts and outlines the effects the larger war (Pearl Harbor; the failure to defeat Britain) had on Hitler's attempted obliteration of European Jewry. His chapters on the nature of evil seem hurried and not particularly fresh. --H. O'Billovich ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Readable Look at a Neglected Topic
The role that the Einsatzgruppen played in the formation of the Holocaust is a vitally important topic, but one that is often given short shrift by historians and journalists.This book, therefore, would be an important one even if it weren't so well-written and readable.

And it really is an excellent book.If it's not the most minutely-detailed or profound book in the world, it's very readable, as I said, and punches home the horror and tragedy of the story with considerable force.It's like Martin Gilbert's THE HOLOCAUST in that regard.

And Rhodes's use of Lonnie Athens's theories about the genesis of violent criminal behavior (so well-covered in WHY THEY KILL) gives the book an added dimension.

Is there any nonfiction American writer today with anything like Rhodes's diversity of interests, broad mind, and narrative skills?I can't think of anyone else who comes close.

5-0 out of 5 stars To leave no Doubts
This is a very well written book about the Horrors that the German Especial Action Squads committed. The author goes on a very linear path to show you month by month after Operation barbarossa started about how these action groups operated. That keeps you from getting lost. He shows you great maps of the areas. Tells you about Himmler, the man responsible for ordering these horrid acts. Finally, he makes you stop every once in a while, to think about the poor, poor people who went through this. They are dead of course, more than one million of them.

The Holocaust is viewed by many as just the Extermination camps, the gas that was used to kill the victims and the huge ovens. Well, before all that could be started, Himmler and the German State authorized a less "humane" way as they put it, to get rid of it's main enemies, the Jews. The author describes the main cites were these massacres took place, moslty in Russia. At times you feel like you are right there, with the victims, in line with them, getting ready to meet the end. That's when you have to stop and hope nothing like this happens again. But then you see that it has, in Yugoslavia, and other places in Africa. We can never learn because hate blinds everything, even your heart.

For many the end came when it shouldn't have. Germany had to be stopped and defeated so that these people would cease doing these horrible things. A quote from the book came from Himmler himself who said "in this Iron age, we have to sweep with Iron brooms" He was a man who ordered many to be killed but who could never do it himself. Read this book and understand why their can be no doubt, Germany had to be stopped.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Early Pase of the Holocaust on the Eastern Front
Masters of Death is a difficult book to read, at times almost unbearable. It is an examination of the early years of the Holocaust, illuminating for the first time the monstrous evil of the Einsatzgruppen, the mobile death squads who followed along behind the Nazi combat troops, executing more than one and a half million innocent human beings. Rhodes shows us that educated German professionals commanded the killing teams carrying out such massive crimes as the massacre at the killing pits of Babi Yar. He has provided us with evidence of just how evil the Nazis were and how deep the depths of depravity can be ... Read more

Isbn: 0375708227
Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Holocaust    5. History / Holocaust   


The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution: A Reconsideration
by Mark Roseman
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific !!!A MUST for any avid reader of Reich literature
In just barely 125 pages, this short volume looks Hitler's final solution squarely in the eye to provide new perspectives.Roseman successfully, I think, argues that the concept of genocide developed much later in the war than one would believe and that such was not initally part of the Third Reich's master plan for the elimination of the Jews.Rather, official policy seems almost to have just "drifted" in the direction of genodice without it---of much of anything else---having been planned for.

His premise is that all of Hitler's rhetoric, and even his actions, up to Wannsee were aimed at just getting the Jews completely out of Germany in any way possible, seeking to accomplish this not through mass murder but rather through combinations of the failed Madagascar and Jews-to-Palestine plans, making conditions so miserable for the Jews that they would leave on their own, and finally to begin shipping them further east as the Reich expanded.This resettlement would have continued toward harsh, unsurvivable Sibera, once he brought Stalin's armies to its knees.But his early military successes ultimately both smothered this plan and doomed the Jews.

True, the elimination of "undesirables" began early in the war.But the scale was relatively small and was limited on the homefront to the short-lived euthanasia program which ended quickly enough from adverse public opinion, and in the newly conquered eastern territories to the overzealous actions of their Reich governors to whom Berlin gave virtual free rein to secure the area for precious lebensraum.While the number of deaths were considerable by any standard, it pales in comparison to the staggering final total.

But the ever-expanding Greater Germany which was being created as Hitler successfully moved east took on not only the Jews already living there but also those continuously deported from the west---many more than could be eliminated or moved further along quickly enough under all previously assumed methodologies (which in the text are referred to by Reinhard Heydrich himself as "provisional, until something better came along", further supporting Roseman's "drift" proposition).

Roseman points out that these deportees were literally dumped out in the open, left on the hands of the territorial governors who were provided with no comprehensive plan for dealing with a population increased by those banished from Berlin.Even with their unlimited authority, the governors could not keep up with elimination necessities.Obviously, something had to be done, and fast.

All the previous vagaries of policy quickly coalesced to form the final solution.The inefficiently crude, hands-on methods of the early liquidations (firing squads, beatings, etc.) were replaced by impersonalized, production-line mass murder, providing the Nazis with a twisted means of separating, distancing themselves from personal blame or responsibility.

The race to genocide thus began not merely in the ravings of the lunatic himself, although Hitler certainly provided the emotional map to it, but rather in an academic exercise by supposedly enlightened individuals thinking their way through just another production problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Monograph
This is a readable, thoughtful monograph on the origins and historical significance of the Wannsee conference, the notorious January 1942 meeting where Nazi officials finalized plans to exterminate European Jewry.Noting that the decision on genocide was probably taken by Hitler in late 1941, author Roseman concludes that Wannsee's real purpose was to assert Reinhard Heydrich's control over Jewish policy and to sort out bureaucratic disagreements about the treatment of half-Jews and Jews married to German gentiles.Roseman writes well, has a full command of the secondary literature, and understands the nuances and grotesqueries of bureaucratic politics (I'm a career State Department official).Highly recommended for readers interested in World War II or the Holocaust.

4-0 out of 5 stars Through a glass, darkly
Ever since its discovery in 1947 by Robert Kempner, the American Nuremberg prosecutor, this record of a meeting held in Berlin on 20 January 1942 has been considered to be virtual proof of the determination of the Nazis to murder each and every Jew that came within their reach.Roseman presents a much more critical view of the matter.

His book is full of remarks which modify, question, or refute past interpretations.He quotes the German historian Eberhard Jäckel who wonders why this meeting was ever convened, he notes that the documentation concerning this event is far from comprehensive and that we can only speculate on many aspects, he states that there is no single unambiguous document ordering the annihilation of all Jews (David Irving will have noted this with some satisfaction), he deplores the general lack of official documents, and he stresses the absence of important agencies or institutions which should have been present at any sort of decisive meeting of this kind:the German Railways, the Wehrmacht, or the Führer Chancellery.Somehow, though, he manages to overlook the curious lack of Heydrich's name on the list of the persons attending.

In spite of the general vagueness surrounding the gathering, Roseman concludes that from the time of the meeting onward, the word „Endlösung" came to signify the death of all European Jews, because the „Protokoll" expresses this, albeit in a round-about, bureaucartic fashion.It is important to stress, though, that „death", here,is not necessarily identical to „killing".The considerations regarding the fate of various groups of Jews bear this out, one half of the 15 pages are devoted, after all, to the fairly difficult question of deciding how Jews and their descendants were to be classified.When all is said and done, Roseman comes to the conclusion that the conference cannot be regarded as a moment of decision; for him, it is merely an indication that something had changed in the political landscape.

The „Protokoll" itself has, for decades now, occupied centre stage, obscuring other important aspects of the matter.We must remember that the meeting had been convened by Heydrich on the grounds that Göring had asked him, half a year earlier, in July of 1941, to draw up a comprehensive plan for the final solution of the Jewish question, „in the near future".The January meetingwas to lay the groundwork for the plan, others were to follow; Roseman mentions two more such dates, March and October 1942 but does not discuss them in detail.In view of the six months which Heydrich let go by before calling a first meeting, one cannot but admire Göring's patience in the matter, or Himmler's lack of concern when the Reichsmarschall intervened without respecting the line of command.In the end, after Heydrich's assassination in May of 1942, no comprehensive planwas ever presented to Göring - nor to anyone else, for that matter.

In this context, Roseman mentions, in a footnote, the so-called „Schlegelberger Document" which states that Hitler had rejected the „Final Solution" as we perceive it today.He refers the reader to David Irving's homepage for more information while remaining himself quite sceptical in this regard.

The German edition of Roseman's book contains an additional chapter in which Norbert Kampe,the director of the Wannsee Memorial Institute in Berlin, discusses the differences among the reproductions of the various documents that form the basis of our assessment of this event.Kampe strongly crticizes mistakes and unwarranted alterations that appear in every single one of the documents presented by Kempner, but states that the text of these reproductions is always in accordance with the originals.This is not, strictly speaking, a material analysis of the documents themselves.In view, however, of a number of questions concerning the authenticity of some of these papers, that have never been scientifically investigated, a thorough review of these points is still highly desirable.

Aside from this aspect, one should mention a further difficulty which makes an appreciation of the conference cumbersome for the average layman - the problem of the language.The „Urtext" is in German, obviously, and in a particularly obscure and bureaucratic lingo at that.Normally, this ought not to make a translation impossible to accomplish, but here we have to fend with the risk that the choice of words, and hence the reader's mind, is influenced by a - possibly unconscious - partiality of the translator.A case in point is the rendering of the German word „erfassen" on p. 9 of the original (regarding the Jews in France).The official English version on the Wannsee website (www.ghwk.de) has „rounding-up", but this shows that the translator has jumped to a conclusion which is unjustfied, although attractive, because in German bureaucratic language „erfassen" quite simply - and innocently - signifies something like identifying and seizing in a list.In connexion with a document which is couched in a very muchveiled language, such liberties should not be tolerated.

The „Protokoll" has, by now, become public property, as it were, and has served as a basis for two films.A German one, produced in 1984, is a well-made feature, responding nearly 100 % to the traditional requirements of unity in time, place, and action.It is being shown quite regularly both in Germany and abroad.Unfortunately, in the US and possibly elsewhere, it has been made an instrument of what Norman Finkelstein has called the marketing of the Holocaust:even though no verbatim transcript of the conference has ever been found, the film is distributed in those countries with the firm assertion that it is indeed the word-for-word rendering of the meeting.The historian, it would seem,counts for nothing in the global market economy. ... Read more

Isbn: 0805068104
Sales Rank: 520790
Subjects:  1. (1942 :    2. Berlin, Germany)    3. Germany    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: World    7. Holocaust    8. Holocaust, 1933-1945    9. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)    10. Jewish - General    11. Military - World War II    12. Wannsee-Konferenz    13. War criminals   


Surviving Treblinka
by Samuel Willenberg, Wadysaw Bartoszewski, Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski
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5-0 out of 5 stars Treblinka Death Camp. A Survivor Speaks. Essential reading.
An exceptional account of the Nazi death camp at Treblinka.

When one visits Treblinka today, it is difficult to imagine the atrocities and slaughter depicted in this excellent book. My own personal visit to Treblinka was on a Summer's day when the sky was blue and the birds were singing. The lasting impression left on me was one of utter isolation, emptiness and an absolute thunderous silence surroundingme.

Gone are the buildings and gas chambers, long destroyed by the Nazis in their attempt to extinguish any memory or evidence of the genocide that was perpetrated here. Apart from the symbolic cemetery and memorials and the remains of the railway station where the innocent Jews were disembarked prior to their massacre only minutes later, there is little to see apart from the location of the mass graves and the vast empty space amongst the surrounding trees where the Nazi extermination camp once stood.

Each individual stone memorial at the site representing one Jewish community whose members perished at Treblinka. Photographs, diagrams and maps are provided which afford a valuable context and framework to assist in the readers' understanding.

It is fitting therefore that Samuel Willenberg, one of the very few survivors of the Treblinka holocaust, has been able to provide us with his harrowing account of what actually went on there. The vast open spaces that I personally saw are here filled with maps and detailed descriptions of the hell erased by the Nazi genocide machine that killed so many innocent Jews. The procedures at this death camp from the moment that the innocents arrived at the still visible railway platform are documented in detail, until their wholesale slaughter in the gas chambers and the burning of their bodies in the burial pits not so far away.

This moving account of the functioning of the Treblinka death camp not only speaks out for those whose lives were destroyed and who cannot speak for themselves, but it also covers the heartbreaking daily lives of those prisoners who were forced to function as vital cogs in the Nazi death machine. Further to this we have a commendable account of the uprising against the Nazis amongst these prisoners, many of whom were also killed. Very few in fact survived to escape. One of those who did survive, escape and manage to bring this moving account to our attention was Samuel Willenberg.

The author's memoirs of Treblinka extend from October 1942 until the rebellion and his escape in August 1943, when he went into hiding in Warsaw and took an active personal part in the armed Polish underground resistance against the Nazis until the quelling of the Warsaw Uprising.

This is a must read on this particular section of the Holocaust. Of some interest is the portrayal of the underlying Polish-Jewish relations during the Nazi occupation. This is a story that will chill you to the bone. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 970578
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The Dentist of Auschwitz: A Memoir
by Benjamin Jacobs
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Story of Courage and Survival
I found out about this book after reading another book that the author co-wrote.It is called The 100-Year Secret and it deals with a portion of the material that is contained in The Dentist of Auschwitz. The author spent almost five years in various camps, riding in closed railroad cars in summer, open railroad cars in winter, on death marches in the dead of winter, and on "hell ships," that were mistakingly attacked by the RAF and he, along with his brother still outlived the Nazi monsters that created this world for them.How Jacobs managed to survive his voyage through "man's inhumanity to man" is at the heart of this amazing story of survival. I promise you will not be able to put this book down.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding account of a Holocaust Survivor.
I started reading this book and could not hardly put it down. I think I read it in 3 days. Benjamin Jacobs was sent to a concentration camp along with the rest of his family. Benjamin and his father ended up at Auschwitz. Had it not been for Benjamin's dental training and given a little bit of preference over the other inmates, the pure hell he was put through would have surely ended in death. The love story between him and Zosia is touching. Unbelievable how anyone could survive just a nightmare. This is truly the part of history most of us would like to rewrite. Great book.

4-0 out of 5 stars This would make a good "first book" of Holocaust reading.
"The Dentist of Auschwitz" may sound like it is about a dentist who worked for the Nazis, but it is not.This is a very personal story about a boy who struggled to keep his dentistry tools with him as he entered the prison camps.It could just possibly be that the tools saved his life.His services were offered to the other prisoners, though he did have to do some unpleasant dentistry as well.This story is much more than a story of dentistry.In fact, his dental services are a very small part of a story about a young boy and his father who were taken from their home.Later he located his younger brother in a nearby camp.Eventually, all three were together.The book tells of a romance between Jew and non-Jew,(a few sentences a bit personal) which is rare in the survivor books.I will not divulge more story, because, if you are like me, I do not want to "know the show before I see it."I will say that this young man was not as concerned for his own life as he was for others.He does not speak in detail about the horrific behavior of the Nazis as many other books do, (not to say that the truth should be hidden).This is a book of hardships but not gore.I have read at least fifty personal survivor accounts of the Holocaust, because I am a Jew in spirit.I am particular about the honesty in the books that I read.The writer of this book was not overly flowery; but on the contrary, with few words, he made you feel that you were there.In my view, he is a very good writer.This book was pleasant and inspiring reading for me.Larry ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 743471
Subjects:  1. 1919-    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Historical - Holocaust    5. Holocaust    6. Holocaust, Jewish (1933-1945)    7. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)    8. Jacobs, Benjamin,    9. Jewish Holocaust Personal Narratives    10. Personal narratives    11. Jacobs, Benjamin   

Spectator in Hell
by Colin Rushton
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5-0 out of 5 stars Eye Witness Account Of British P.O.W. in Auschwitz.
For some time it was a common misconception that no British Prisoners Of War were imprisoned in Auschwitz.

It was largely understood that the vast majority of prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau were innocent Jews with the remainder consisting of political prisoners, gypsies etc..

Whilst this is largely true, Arthur Dodd was in fact one of a number of British soldiers actually incarcerated there.

Here he outlines his own personal experiences and the suffering that he witnessed with his own eyes. The wholesale, indiscriminate massacres of Jews, women and children. Some of the events described are heart-breaking.

For some time Arthur Dodd kept his experiences to himself. When he initially spoke of them publicly, no-one really wanted to hear.

This book is a must read. ... Read more

Isbn: 1901442063
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The Doctor and the Damned
by Albert Haas
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Hardcover (01 April, 1984)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Most Incredible
Having recently read over 30 Holocaust books I have to say this one gave more insight, details and information from the doctors personal experience as a Jew masking as a Christian.To quote from other reviewers " a vivid and extraordinary document...this vital record of the best and worst in human nature is distressing and painful, yet also thrilling, challenging, and humbling.It is a book that everyone should read."Dr. Howard Rusk.I would add that EVERY student of history from high school level on up should read this first person account.This should be republished. ... Read more

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Desperate Journey
by Freddie Knoller, John Landaw
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5-0 out of 5 stars Deeply honest, horrific, personal account of the Holocaust.
The absorbing true story of the experiences of Freddie Knoller, a Jew born in Vienna in 1921.

The story follows Freddie's childhood and the worsening situation and threats surrounding the growth of the Nazi regime in Europe. Eventually the situation becoming untenable and resulting in the break-up of his family following Kristallnacht when the Nazis invaded his family's appartment block and threw a neighbour to his death from a window.

At his parents' behest, Freddie fled alone with directions to take him to friends in Belgium. Here he was eventually caught and interned, with a period of imprisonment in Southern France. His experiences throughout this time are documented. Freddie was able to escape from his captors and made his way to Paris where he forsook his Jewish identity and adopted a German/Alsace identity, beginning a rather dubious lifestyle during which he would meet German soldiers at a railway station and escort them to venues of ill-repute/brothels in the Paris sidestreets.

It was at this time, during May 1941, that he witnessed the beginnings of the brutal round-ups in Paris of his fellow Jewish civilians. He was chilled as he stood back and watched with revulsion at the zeal and almost religious enthusiasm that Jews were brutally and ferociously rounded up, irrespective of their age, sex, health, age or frailty. What sickened him most was the revelation that those doing the dirty work here were not Germans. There was not anySS or Gestapo personnel to be seen. It was the ordinary French gendarmes that were doing the dirty work of the Third Reich here in Paris, just like others did throughout Eastern Europe, the Ukraine etc.. The French gendarmes were the `flesh and blood' part of the Nazi killing machine in Paris, wilfully and enthusiastically arresting their own people, for no other reason than that they were Jewish. Knowing full well what end awaited their victims.

Freddie eventually came to the attention of the Gestapo himself and fled once more, joining the Resistance where he served until he was betrayed to the Germans, probably due to his intimate confessions to a French girl.

He then describes his journey in a cattle-car to Auschwitz, where the horrors of daily existence are examined in some detail.

As the Russian forces approached Auschwitz from the East, Freddie and his co-prisoners began a death march in the opposite direction. His comrades who stumbled and fell, and even those who stopped and bent to tie their laces, were shot in the head and thrown into the ditch alongside the road.

During a brief rest stop on the march, Freddie discovered that the prisoner next to him had died or frozen to death during the interlude. He noticed that the prisoner wore the red `F' triangle patch on his rags, which denoted him to be a Frenchman, probably a communist.

Knowing that ANY class or category of prisoner received better treatment than those wearing the Jewish `Yellow Star/Shield of David', Freddie replaced it with the red triangle which he tore from his dead companions rags. Freddie believed that this patch might ultimately save his own life.

Indeed Freddie's treatment by his captors and fellow prisoners did improve as he again forsook his Jewish identity. The death march was followed by periods in Nordhausen and Bergen Belsen concentration camps. Freddie witnessed countless episodes of brutal and sadistic treatment of his fellow inmates. Callous public executions being commonplace. As the Nazi regime crumbled with the approach of Allied Forces, Freddie witnessed the lowest ebb of humanity when cannibalism occurred in front of his own eyes. Two prisoners tracked another who was staggering in a `drunken-like' stupor which preceded death. As this person fellow to the ground in death, his `fellow' inmates pounced on his body, cutting away lumps of flesh with a knife. They then cooked the `hacked-off meat' over a fire behind a barrack block

Not long afterwards the camp of Bergen Belsen was liberated by British Forces. However, the prisoners were too weak to celebrate being on the verge of starvation. Dead bodies were everywhere and the British soldiers made the SS dig mass graves for the prisoners who had died in their `care'.

Having restored his Jewish identity and then interviewed by a British Reverend Freddie revealed that he was from Vienna. The shocking reply informed Freddie that the Germans had declared Vienna to be `Judenfrei'...free from Jews and that the city was now occupied by the Russians. Freddie's parents, who had refused to see the personal threat to them from the Nazis in Vienna, had been gassed at Auschwitz during Freddie's own imprisonment there, unknown to him. ... Read more

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The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945
by David Wyman, David S. Wyman
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It has long been alleged that officials in the Roosevelt administration knew, in surprising detail, about Adolf Hitler's plans to exterminate all the Jews in Nazi Europe--and that these officials did little to prevent the massacre, refusing asylum to shiploads of Jewish refugees and failing to order the bombing of railway lines leading to Auschwitz, Treblinka, and other concentration camps. David S. Wyman examines the evidence, concluding that senior American officials could indeed have saved many thousands, if not millions, of European Jews by intervening earlier. In this controversial work, he suggests, with good cause, that a combination of anti-Semitism and indifference to anything not perceived as being of direct strategic importance to the United States indirectly led to countless deaths. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing.
The reader will not want to believe what is being read.

The evil, satanic Nazi regime and it's methods intent on the slaughter and genocide of the European Jews is well documented elsewhere.

Little is written or heard about the passive accomplices....I hesitate in using the latter word, but none other can really suffice in this context. The author has provided an extremely valuable service with this work in bringing this subject to our attention.

It is difficult to estimate how many of the six million murdered Jews could possibly have been saved through a concerted, determined Allied rescue campaign. However, suffice to say no such measures were taken and all the victims perished.

The author documents that the US State Department and the British Foreign Office has absolutely no intention of rescuing large numbers of European Jews from the Nazi genocide machine.

Indeed, the author shows that the Allies actually feared that the Nazi regime would release tens of thousands of Jews into Allied hands and the inherent responsibility that such a move would impose upon them.

Such a move by the Nazis would have inevitably placed immense pressure on the British to open Palestine to increased Jewish immigration, and the US to admit even larger numbers of Jews to their own shores.

A situation that neither Government wanted to face. The British, although allowing virtually unhindered Arab immigration from surrounding Arab nations into Palestine, had their own reasons for refusing increased Jewish entry into what is now Israel. Instead, the British provided concentration camps of their own on Cyprus for those Jews seeking what they perceived as `illegal' entry to Palestine. A damning historical indictment, which being British and a non-Jew, I still find difficult to stomach.

The author shows that there was clear, authenticated documentation available to the US State Department in 1942, that revealed unmistakable evidence that the Nazis were pursuing a systematic extermination of European Jewry. However, it is shown that nothing was done for some 14 months, and only then were limited measures eventually adopted. Even so, the US record of action is still far better than that of the British.

These limited measures of assistance adopted by the US are shown to have been impeded by rampant anti-Semitism throughout US society and the US Congress, plus the mass media's failure to publicise Holocaust details and the virtual near silence of the Church and it's own leadership.

The author also shows that appeals to bomb the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chambers, railroads and bridges were refused outright amidst claims that such military action would divert essential air-power. Yet, at the very same time numerous heavy Allied bombing raids were still taking place within 50 miles of Auschwitz, only a few minutes flying time away. The value of saving Jewish lives was not worth a single Allied bomb.

This is a disturbing book about a disturbing period of history and a disturbing analysis of the integrity of our leaders together with our foreign policies & agendas during the war years. There is so much information here. Read this and Sir Martin Gilbert's `Auschwitz and the Allies' for differing approaches to the same subject, but which reveal the same conclusions. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Noble Price Material
Wyman wrote this book in the mid 1980's.Since then, many other historical studies have shown the same shamful findings:FDR and the State Department and many segments of the American public, including most of theJewish leaders, not only suppressed the news on the extermination of theEuropean Jews, but did their best to hinder efforts of rescue. Wymanincludes undisputed sources for every fact, but being a gentile, he is toosoft on the American Jewish leaders who looked at FDR as a God, and inorder not to upset him, kept quiet.For those who still worship FDR,consider this: A million Americans are stranded in Europe during War WorldII and the Germans are systematically shipping them to concentration camps,torturing and gassing them.What would FDR and his administration havedone? Conduct the war in a gentlemantary manner with taking of prisoners,etc., (a quarter million Axis prisoners were shipped to the US while acommon American and British response to the abandonment of the Jews was noships available), or immediately start a military operation to rescue them. Readers who still believe that saving the Jews was not possible because ofthe war effort, should read historical books on Great Britain during thewar.While the British refused to consider any plan of saving the Jewsthey deployed more than 100,000 troops and a large armada in Palestine andthe Med Sea for the sole purpose of capturing Jews who escaped the Europeanhell.In 1940, the British had elaborate plans to attack would be Germaninvaders with low flying planes dropping gas on the invaders, despite theGeneva agreements that the German kept (except with respect to the Jews, ofcourse,who were gassed by the millions).This book is a Noble Pricematerial because it reveals the truth about the darkest period in human history, a truth hiden because too many people still cannot confront thesicknening facts: The leaders of the free world in the 1940's were cowards,anti-Semites, and liers.Only a handful of brave men such as Hecht,Rogers, and a few Irgun members fought against overwhelming odds to bringabout some response to the terrible plight of the Jews.

2-0 out of 5 stars History by Conjecture
This is a highly influential book.Roosevelt has had many enemies growing out of his presidency.No one has had the same negative impact on Roosevelt's name to equal Wyman's attack.But, although Wyman, aprofessional historian has well-documented his research, much of theindictment of the Roosevelt Administration is based upon conjectureincapable of proof.The litmus test of his proposals was the bombing ofAuschwitz.He asserts that the failure to bomb was due to a lack ofcaring.Thousands of Jews could have been saved.But there is no way toprove this.Many Jews could also have died because bombing was inaccurateand Jewish prisoners lived close to the crematoria.Too much in hischarges is based on too little evidence.Peter Novick in his book, TheHolocaust in American Life, calls Wyman's thesis a "comfortablemorality tale" and "bad history."In addition to Novick,Henry L. Feingold, Frank W. Brecher, and William Rubinstein have writtencritically about Wyman. ... Read more

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The Terrible Secret: Suppression of the Truth About Hitler's "Final Solution"
by Walter Laqueur
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 November, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Provocative And Interesting Look At Holocaust!
This is a quite provocative and immensely fascinating investigation into the long-standing controversy over the degree to which the Polish people were complicit in the holocaust. This an issue that has been hotly debated for decades, in fact since it was first raised as a possibility ion the late 1940s. Given the degree to which millions of otherwise persecuted Jews had fled to the more tolerant attitudes of the Poles during the decades before the war, it was somewhat surprising that the accusations arose in the first place. Yet the way in which the Holocaust first began to flourish and spread throughout the small villages and hamlets of rural Poland made many observers suspicious of the degree of involvement by local peasants, who did in fact benefit from the dislocation of Jewish farmers by taking over their property and possessions.

The investigation described in this new and updated version of this book is hardly a dispassionate or disinterested effort; the author is a Polish patriot who has long denied such accusations, and who turned his considerable investigative efforts toward disproving this claim. What he discovered substantiates his argument that far from being the active participants in the Holocaust others have claimed, many Poles were among the first to raise alarm over the suspicious activities of the Wehrmacht and the Special Forces to begin preparations for what became the "Final Solution" to the so-called `Jewish Question". In fact, Laqueur argues, many Germans, as well as international Jewish organizations, and top government officials in the western democracies first learned of the atrocities being perpetrated on the indigenous Polish Jews from other concerned Poles. What he reveals in doing so paints a devastating picture of apathy, disregard, and callousness on the part of the watching world.

In what has since been described as a conspiracy of silence, much of the so-called civilized world stood by passively as the Holocaust gathered momentum and became a widespread and well organized mechanism for murdering millions of Jews, communists, gypsies, and other malcontents by the Nazi forces of occupation. This murderous campaign was conducted under the veil of a screen of lies, euphemisms, and political evasions, one in which the political expediencies for the western democracies became more important than dealing with the systematic annihilation of millions of human beings. The author's point is well taken. Responsibility for what happened in the death camps must be widely shared, and by a cast that includes not only the Nazi perpetrators but also the relatively disinterested and dispassionate indifference with which the rest of the political world dealt with the evolving situation.

This deals quite passionately with what has become almost a cottage industry in the realm of books dealing with the social, economic, and political background that allowed the holocaust to be possible, to be probable, and then to occur. It is, along with a number of other and much more recent books on the subject, and interesting excursion into a shadowy world in which no hands are left clean of guilt or culpability in this monstrous historical event. It is by no means easy reading, or even pleasant reading, but it is a riveting and convincing look at one of this century's most unbelievable phenomena, the systematic murder of the European Jews. I highly recommend it for World War Two and Holocaust scholars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Debunks Polonophobic Myths about the Holocaust
Walter Laqueur, a French Jew, discusses how the Polish underground and the Polish government in exile reacted to the unfolding extermination of the Jews by the Germans during World War 2. Owing to the fact that Jews had lived in relative tolerance for centuries in Poland, a large fraction of the world's Jews had made Poland their home. It was therefore logical for most of the death camps built and operated by the Germans to be erected in German-occupied Poland. Insinuations are periodically hurled against the Polish underground, accusing it of silence about what the Germans were doing to the Jews. The implication is that Poles did not care about, or even secretly approved of, the extermination of Polish Jews by the Germans. Laqueur debunks all of these Polonophobic myths. He shows in detail that the Polish government promptly relayed information about the mass murder of Jews by Germans to the British government. There was not the slightest hesitancy or delay, on the part of Poles,in revealing this terrible secret to anyone who would listen.

3-0 out of 5 stars It was filled with a lot of facts
I had to read this book for a history project and it really interested me because of the subject.It was defintely filled with a lot of information about all of the concentration camps and infomation being put out at thetime of the holocaust.I thought it was genereally written well, but hardto follow because each of the subjects within the chapters seemed choppy. They were all related but not always transitioned well.Other wise, it wasgood. ... Read more

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Survival In Auschwitz
by Primo Levi
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 September, 1995)
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Survival in Auschwitz is a mostly straightforward narrative, beginning with Primo Levi's deportation from Turin, Italy, to the concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland in 1943. Levi, then a 25-year-old chemist, spent 10 months in the camp. Even Levi's most graphic descriptions of the horrors he witnessed and endured there are marked by a restraint and wit that not only gives readers access to his experience, but confronts them with it in stark ethical and emotional terms: "[A]t dawn the barbed wire was full of children's washing hung out in the wind to dry. Nor did they forget the diapers, the toys, the cushions and the hundred other small things which mothers remember and which children always need. Would you not do the same? If you and your child were going to be killed tomorrow, would you not give him something to eat today?" --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Good Levi; irksome title change
I can't stand publishers (who could it be but the publisher? no honest translator would dare) who change perfectly good titles in an attempt to pander to a certain market--in this case to the mass market for Hollywood Holocaust fare like __Sophie's Choice__ and __Schindler's List__. Nobody who knows Levi would need a title like __Survival in Auschwitz__ to know what his book is about, and those who don't know him are likely to be put off, as I was for a long time, by a title cooked up by a bunch of idiots in a marketing department.

I recommend reading an edition that translates the original, much more evocative title word for word: __If This Is a Man__. And don't forget to read __The Truce__ as well. Its last chapter is all the more powerful after a reading of both books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended read
Following the Auschwitz anniversary, I decided to read a lot more about the holocaust than I knew. Survival in Auschwitz by primo Levi was one of the books I read and loved.I consider it to be one of the mostwell-written, touching and compelling memoirs about the holocaust. Promo Levi is an excellent writer, with deep, lucid and compelling prose and insightful writing style. This book is one of the most influential books of my life.

After reading this book, I can't imagine any person not honestly feeling for humanity, and becoming compassionate no matter what the circumstance is. This well-depicted book is a recommendation for those interested in the plight of mankind in wars and other man-made and natural disasters. Read it and you will rave and pass it on to your friends. This is a well recommended Holocaust book along with PERIODIC TABLE, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, NIGHT

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Reading this novel for a college course, I expected the brutality I remembered from Elie Wiesel's Night (also an excellent book).Levi conveys the horror of Auschwitz without the level of gore one would expect.The writing itself is contemplative and concise.The reader is inspired to go beyond the words Levi presents when he describes the barter system of the camp or when illness swept through the masses.Levi describes less of the slaughter of Auschwitz, but the effect had is incredible.The writing may seem to explain just the basic facts, but it presents more emotion than I ever thought it could. ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Auschwitz (Concentration camp)    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Historical - Holocaust    4. History: World    5. Holocaust    6. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)    7. Italy    8. Jewish Holocaust Personal Narratives    9. Levi, Primo    10. Levi, Primo - Prose & Criticism    11. Literary    12. Personal narratives    13. Personal narratives, Italian    14. World War, 1939-1945    15. History / Jewish   


Auschwitz : A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
by Miklos Nyiszli
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 September, 1993)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous
This book is long debunked sensationalism and outright fabrication. It's difficult to imagine what logical individual would read it and not wonder at its wild claims. Here are only a few:

- he spoke of flaming crematorium chimneys - impossible, and not shown on wartime photos

- said gas chambers were 200 meters long that could kill 20,000 a day! - utterly laughable and unsubstantiated; and the story has been changed to equally absurd numbers

- said 5,000 people a day were eliminated in open air hearths - no physical evidence, not shown on wartime aerial photos

- said the mass gassings had been going on for 4 years when arrived in May, 1944.....the alleged gas chambers were supposedly not ready until Feb-March '43

- said hair was shaved, but he could smell it being burned

- said the healthiest would collapse from hunger in 3-5 weeks, them talks of prisoners who had been there 3-5 years

- said the sick were supposedly selected for gassing, but the Germans worked years to find to cure for Noma in order to help sick Gypsies at A/B

- said Sonderkommandos (alleged cremation/gas chamber helpers) were killed after `learning too much', a claimed life span of 2 mos....then why did so many survive and write laughable books

The truth about the "holocaust" industry is out there and easily attainable to anyone who is willing to make even the weakest tug at its countless loose threads.

5-0 out of 5 stars Honest and sensitive account of brutality
This first person account by an anatomist/doctor who assisted Mengele in completing autopsies is suprisingly perceptive and sensitive.It differs greatly from some other narratives I have read.It was not the Dante's Inferno that Elie Weisel describes.I believe Weisel sensationalized.Departing from the transports was not punctuated by brutal Nazi's beating people to death.Instead, the doctor describes order and tolerance; this actually seems believable as the guards want the least resistance in your walking to your death.Moreover, I am sure each experience varied significantly.I must say we can't just "not forget," it is not enough.Rather we must understand the variety of experience and not sensationalize the event needlessly.The danger of this is presenting the material inaccuratley, resulting in our inability to recoginize the signs that it could all be happening again.Miklos does not do this.

What also fascinated me was his relationship with Mengele.Mengele had a bitter harsh side.Once Miklos was humanized, he was treated quite well by Mengele.He even let him find his family and bring goods to assist their survival.Also, the day to day life of the Sonder-Commando's that he is paired with and medically attends to was heartbreaking as they lived under an assured death sentence.See Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone.

4-0 out of 5 stars A True Nightmare
Auschwitz, A Doctor's Eyewitness Account, is the horrific story of what life, if one could call it that, was like inside of the crematoriums at Auschwitz as told by an inmate doctor who performed gruesome operations "under the supervision of the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele."Even though this doctor was working under the constant threat of death, and even though we cannot come close to imaging what it was like to have been thrust into this world against ones choice, one cannot help but wonder how he managed to do the things that he did.In my opinion, he certainly did not make himself a sympathetic figure in the same manner as the main subjects of other holocaust books have.However, the strength of this book is the in depth detail it goes into when describing one's horrific existence in the crematoriums and that is why this is a book that must be read.
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Subjects:  1. Atrocities    2. Auschwitz (Concentration camp)    3. General    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: World    7. Holocaust    8. Human experimentation in medicine    9. Jewish Holocaust Personal Narratives    10. Military - World War II    11. Nyiszli, Miklos    12. Personal narratives, Hungarian    13. World War, 1939-1945    14. History / General    15. Mengele, Josef    16. Nyiszli, Miklós   


Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
VHS Tape (17 March, 2004)
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To write a review of a film such as Shoah seems an impossible task: how to sum up one of the most powerful discourses on film in such a way as to make people realize that this is a documentary of immense consequence, a documentary that is not easy to watch but important to watch, a documentary that not only records the facts, but bears witness. We are commanded "Never forget"; this film helps us to fulfill that mandate, reverberating with the viewer long after the movie has ended. Yes, Holocaust films are plentiful, both fictional and non-, with titles such as The Last Days, Schindler's List, and Life Is Beautiful entering the mainstream.But this is not a film about the Holocaust per se; this is a film about people. It's a meandering, nine-and-a-half-hour film that never shows graphic pictures or delves into the political aspects of what happened in Europe in the 1930s and '40s, but talks with survivors, with SS men, with those who witnessed the extermination of 6 million Jews.

Director Claude Lanzmann spent 11 years tracking people down, cajoling them to talk, asking them questions they didn't want to face.When soldiers refuse to appear on film, Lanzmann sneaks cameras in.When people are on the verge of breaking down and can't answer any more questions, Lanzmann asks anyway. He gives names to the victims--driving through a town that was predominantly Jewish before Hitler's time, a local points out which Jews owned what. Lanzmann travels the world, speaking to workers in Poland, survivors in Israel, officers in Germany. He is not a detached interviewer; his probings are deeply personal. One man farmed the land upon which Treblinka was built."Didn't the screams bother you?" Lanzmann asks.When the farmer seems to brush the issues aside with a smile, Lanzmann's fury is noticeable. "Didn't all this bother you?" he demands angrily, only to be told, "When my neighbor cuts his thumb, I don't feel hurt." The responses, the details are difficult to hear, but critical nonetheless. Shoah tells the story of the most horrifying event of the 20th century, not chronologically and not with historical detail, but in an even more important way: person by person.--Jenny Brown ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars A very human experience
I am about to buy this DVD. I watched this "documentary" about a dozen years ago and have not viewed it since. It has lived with me all these years and often comes to mind. This "documentary" belongs in a category of its own. It is more a human experience than a work of documentary art.

I first viewed Shoah when I was off sick from work. I was recovering from minor surgery that left me immobilized for several days. I rented the entire film and began to watch it over several consecutive days.

For the first hour or so (yes, a long time for most films) I was not really engaged by what I was hearing and seeing. The structure is so simple it borders on boredom. Where many films create "noise" this is not what this subject deserves. With little to distract, the words you hear will pierce the deepest recesses of your being.

Watching and listening I was drawn in by the voices and the cuts from scenery to speaker and back. What you see is not the horrific scenery you might conjure up of sites where the darkest evils took place, but scenes of nature as it would have been and as it is every day, now and then. After all, the darkness of evil is internal.

Try hard to keep watching, do not turn away, and you will change forever. But be prepared emotionally. Like others that have watched this, I wept throughout, it would be hard not to. This is not entertainment and it rises about art. Viewing this film results in a very powerful human experience that will stay with you for the remainder of your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Becoming a witness
First of all, I teach a semester course on the Holocaust in a Florida high school. I wrote the course and the curriculum for it. Teaching this course has become one of my passions, for it teaches concepts that move beyond history. Lessons like compassion, the true impact of hatred and tolerance and respect. The first time I read about Lanzmann's film was in the book "Explaining Hitler" by Ron Rosenbaum. I finally bought the VHS which was horribly expensive ($300), and later bought the DVD. The DVD was less expensive and a great deal easier to work with in the classroom format. As I began to study this document, I was prepared to disagree and not to like it at all. Rosenbaum's comments seemed to put me in that mindset. But as I worked with the film, over several years, I began to see what Lanzmann was doing and how he accomplished it. Today, it is a film that I use selected parts of in class, and I wouldn't be without it. Also, in my Master's program in Liberal studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, SHOAH is required viewing for their course on the Holocaust.

In the film, Lanzmann does some remarkable things. He first has you listening in several languages, while reading another (esp if you speak english). You get a whole education in European languages. Then, he does many interviews with both survivors and scholars. Some of these are long sections, but well worth the time, for the deep learning involved. Another thing I developed watching this film as a phobia about railroad tracks! To this day railroad tracks absolutely haunt me! Also, the interview with the barber has had a profound impact on 5 years of my Holocaust students.

I would not recommend this DVD for the person just beginning to study the Holocaust. I think one needs some knowledge, and some experience, especially emotional, with the material before attempting this. But once there, I recommend this film enthusiastically. Watch all the other films, and there are many out there, but come back to this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Documentary about the Holocaust
This first aired on PBS sometime in the early to mid eighties. I was in my first couple of years of college at the time. As many of you can relate, I had lots of fun in school (especially after classes)and didn't watch much TV. For whatever reason I was at home when the first installment aired and I was hooked. Being in college, I wasn't too much of a history buff and knew little about the Holocaust. I would come home early from parties just to get to see the next installment. Since that time I have always wanted to see the documentary again and now can say I have bought it and will watch it (this time with my wife) soon.
I had the opportunity to visit Munich some time back and didn't miss the chance to visit Dachau. Wow! What an experience... one that I shall never forget. I think watching the show this time will mean so much more than before. Make sure you get lots of Kleenex before you sit down to watch a segment. ... Read more

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Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Steven Spielberg had a banner year in 1993. He scored one of his biggest commercial hits that summer with the mega-hit Jurassic Park, but it was the artistic and critical triumph of Schindler's List that Spielberg called "the most satisfying experience of my career." Adapted from the best-selling book by Thomas Keneally and filmed in Poland with an emphasis on absolute authenticity, Spielberg's masterpiece ranks among the greatest films ever made about the Holocaust during World War II. It's a film about heroism with an unlikely hero at its center--Catholic war profiteer Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who risked his life and went bankrupt to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps.

By employing Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army, Schindler ensures their survival against terrifying odds. At the same time, he must remain solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant (Ben Kingsley) and negotiate business with a vicious, obstinate Nazi commandant (Ralph Fiennes) who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa overlooking a prison camp. Schindler's List gains much of its power not by trying to explain Schindler's motivations, but by dramatizing the delicate diplomacy and determination with which he carried out his generous deeds.

As a drinker and womanizer who thought nothing of associating with Nazis, Schindler was hardly a model of decency; the film is largely about his transformation in response to the horror around him. Spielberg doesn't flinch from that horror, and the result is a film that combines remarkable humanity with abhorrent inhumanity--a film that functions as a powerful history lesson and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the context of a living nightmare. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite historical movies.
Being one of the most obsessive students in history I try to exploit a historical movies' weakness by making a joke about some misquotation or enormous inaccuracy.
For once I could not. Schindler's List is such a haunting masterpiece I get chills whenever I hear the soundtrack. Everything is done so dramatically and it all fits together so perfectly it's like your there as its occuring. It's a movie that with all the bad things going on in the world there are still (Some) good people and we can all relate to that. After the engrossing 3 and a hald hour movie is over you relize that the holocaust really did happen and in some parts of the world genocidal activities really do still take place.
This movie is NOT for the weak of heart as it graphically depicts humans being beat, shot, tortured, starved, and even gassed in hauntingly graphic sequences. Kids shouldn't see this movie as many children are depicted being murdered. We can all learn a lesson from this movie...whatever it be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unreal - but real!
Powerful, moving and thought provoking. I never wanted to see this movie initially, because I knew I couldn't sit still for three hours in a movie theatre. After all these years, when it finally came out on DVD, i'm so glad I did. It seems that a lot of people need to learn from this film that war for ANY purpose will never to justified if it costs the death of so many innocents. I usually like to review movies that I can make a little fun of, but this movie was so- well, there isn't any feeling you can describe after watching this movie. There nothing that any reviewer can tell you without ruining the movie for you. You'll understand after the movie. It's no wonder Steven got the oscar for this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Spielberg shows us a different type of movie here.
This is Spielberg's best effort as a director of all time!A great movie with black and white segments and color touches throughout!His directing is superb and the cast is outstanding!Liam NeesonHeads an all star cast in this well developed epic whic by the way won Best Picture and gave Spielberg his first ever oscar for his outstanding directing job!Spielberg shows us all a different type of movie here that has never been filmed before.It is entirely filmed in Europe. ... Read more

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