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The History of the Holocaust

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Auschwitz : A New History
by  Laurence Rees Details
Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Nazi leadership to prescribe Auschwitz as its primary site for the extinction of Europe's Jews-their "Final Solution." He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were driven not just by ideological inevitability but as a "practical" response to a war in the East that had begun to go wrong for Germany.
Between Two Streams : A Diary from Bergen-Belsen
by  Abel Jacob Herzberg Details
Herzberg, a Dutch lawyer and writer, kept a diary while incarcerated in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II. Written between August 11, 1944 and April 26, 1945, it is distinctive because it concerns the small groups of Jews kept from extermination for use as potential exchanges with the Allies for German prisoners. Despite their special status, most of the prisoners still died from disease, beatings, and starvation.
Dangerous Diplomacy : The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews
by  Theo Tschuy Details
This book tells the courageous story of Carl Lutz, the Swiss diplomat who single-handedly rescued 62,000 Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps -a daring action now recognized as the largest, most sucessful rescue effort ever undertaken in Nazi-dominated Europe.
Denying History : Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It?
by  Michael Shermer Details
"Denying History" takes a look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. Uncovering a complex social movement, the authors go in-depth in not only trying to understand the motives of the Holocaust deniers, but also refuting their points one by one. In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened and, for that matter, how we can confirm any historical event.
How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust
by  Gary Mokotoff Details
This book has been designed as a handbook for anyone doing research to identify Holocaust victims and find survivors. It serves two purposes for the researcher: it annotates the principal sources worldwide for Holocaust information and explains the rudimentary steps necessary for accessing that material.
Into the Arms of Strangers : Stories of the Kindertransport
by  Mark Jonathan Harris Details
"Into the Arms of Strangers" recounts the remarkable story of this rescue operation, known as the Kindertransport. It contains stories in their own words from the child survivors, rescuers, parents, and foster parents.
Never Again : A History of the Holocaust
by  Martin Gilbert Details
Gilbert blends this great swath of history with fresh, detailed accounts of individual drama: the rise of Nazism in Germany, the Jewish children who found refuge in Britain, the rejected refugees of the U.S.S. St Louis, the Warsaw Ghetto revolt, the stories of Anne Frank, Oscar Schindler, and the children of Izieu, as well as the reflections of survivors today.
Oskar Schindler : The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List
by  David Crowe Details
Spy, businessman, bon vivant, Nazi Party member, Righteous Gentile. This was Oskar Schindler, the controversial man who saved eleven hundred Jews during the Holocaust but struggled afterwards to rebuild his life and gain international recognition for his wartime deeds. David Crowe examines every phase of Schindler's life in this landmark biography, presenting a savior of mythic proportions who was also an opportunist and spy who helped Nazi Germany conquer Poland.
The Holocaust Chronicle
by  Marilyn Harran Details
"The Holocaust Chronicle," written and fact-checked by top scholars, recounts the long, complex, anguishing story of the most terrible crime of the 20th century. A massive, oversized hardcover of more than 750 pages, this book is an excitingly unique, not for-profit endeavor that is a personal project of the publisher, Louis Weber, C.E.O. of Chicago-based Publications International, Ltd.
The Righteous : The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust
by  Martin Gilbert Details
Drawing from twenty-five years of original research, Sir Martin Gilbert re-creates the remarkable stories of non-Jews who risked their lives to help Jews during the Holocaust. Those who hid Jews included priests, nurses, teachers, neighbors and friends, employees and colleagues, soldiers and diplomats, and, above all, ordinary citizens.
The Twentieth Train : The True Story of the Ambush of the Death Train to Auschwitz
by  Marion Schreiber Details
The twentieth train was to transport 1,600 Jews from the Mechelen concentration camp outside of Brussels to their deaths at Auschwitz. More than 200 prisoners would be freed, however, in a wooded grove in the Belgian countryside by three Resistance fighters armed with pliers, a pistol, and a hurricane lamp colored red to mimic a stop signal.
Updated 02/06/2012
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