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Auschwitz: A New History
by  Laurence Rees Details
Auschwitz-Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Yet, its story is not fully known. In "Auschwitz," Laurence Rees reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivaled detail--from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred.
Between Two Streams: A Diary from Bergen-Belsen
by  Abel Jacob Herzberg Details
At the height of the Holocaust, it was Nazi policy to preserve small groups of "privileged" Jews for possible use in exchanges with Allied-held German civilians. Detained at Bergen-Belsen, their "privilege" amounted to being kept alive rather than gassed--although 70% of the internees perished before the camp's liberation, victims of disease, starvation, beatings, or sheer despair. One such internee, Abel Herzberg, a Dutch lawyer and writer, managed to keep a diary while living in this hellish environment. "Between Two Streams" chronicles the reality of daily existence in the camp, with its grotesquely dehumanizing conditions and the magnanimity and pettiness which they engendered.
Dangerous Diplomacy: The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews
by  Theo Tschuy Details
In "Dangerous Diplomacy," Theo Tschuy 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 successful rescue effort ever undertaken in Nazi-dominated Europe.
Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
by  Bettina Stangneth Details
Smuggled out of Europe after the collapse of Germany, Adolf Eichmann managed to live a peaceful and active exile in Argentina for years before his capture by the Mossad. Though once widely known by nicknames such as "Manager of the Holocaust," in 1961 he was able to portray himself, from the defendant's box in Jerusalem, as an overworked bureaucrat following orders--no more, he said, than "just a small cog in Adolf Hitler's extermination machine." How was this carefully crafted obfuscation possible? How did a central architect of the Final Solution manage to disappear? And what had he done with his time while in hiding? In "Eichmann Before Jerusalem," Bettina Stangneth draws a chilling portrait, not of a reclusive, taciturn war criminal on the run, but of a highly skilled social manipulator with an inexhaustible ability to reinvent himself and an unrepentant murderer eager for acolytes with whom to discuss past glories and plan future atrocities.
Hell's Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler's War Machine
by  Diarmuid Jeffreys Details
At its peak in the 1930s, the German chemical manufacturer IG Farben was one of the most powerful corporations in the world. To this day, companies formerly part of the Farben cartel--aspirin-maker Bayer, graphics supplier Agfa, plastics giant BASF--continue to play key roles in the global market. IG Farben itself, however, is remembered mostly for its connections to the Nazi Party and its complicity in the Holocaust. In "Hell's Cartel," journalist Diarmuid Jeffreys presents the first comprehensive account of IG Farben's rise and fall, tracing the enterprise from its 19th-century origins, when the discovery of synthetic dyes gave rise to a vibrant new industry, through the upheavals of the Great War era, and on to the company's fateful role in World War II.
Night
by  Elie Wiesel Details
"Night" is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents the seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. "Night" offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical and personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
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, and Righteous Gentile: this was Oskar Schindler, the controversial man who saved eleven-hundred Jews during the Holocaust, but struggled afterward to rebuild his life and gain international recognition for his wartime deeds. In this landmark biography, David Crowe examines every phase of Schindler's life, presenting a savior of mythic proportions who was also an opportunist and a spy who helped Nazi Germany conquer Poland.
Survivor: Auschwitz, the Death March, and My Fight for Freedom
by  Sam Pivnik Details
On fourteen occasions, Sam Pivnik should have been killed. But with luck, his physical strength, and his determination not to die, Pivnik lived to tell his extraordinary story. In 1939, on his 13th birthday, Pivnik's life changed forever when the Nazis invaded Poland. He survived the two ghettos set up in his home town of Bedzin, as well as six months on Auschwitz's notorious Rampe Kommando. He survived the brutal F├╝rstengrube mining camp and the Death March that took him west as the Third Reich collapsed. And he was one of only a handful of people who swam to safety when the Royal Air Force sank the prison ship Cap Arcona in 1945, mistakenly believing that it was carrying fleeing members of the SS. He eventually made his way to London where he found people too preoccupied with their own wartime experiences on the Home Front to be interested in what had happened to him. In "Survivor," Sam Pivnik, now in his eighties, tells for the first time the story of his life, a true tale of survival against the most extraordinary odds.
The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide
by  Daniel Blatman Details
In the final months of the Third Reich, nearly 250,000 inmates of concentration camps perished on death marches and in countless incidents of mass slaughter. They were murdered with merciless brutality by their SS guards, by army and police units, and often by gangs of civilians as they passed through German and Austrian towns and villages. Even in the bloody annals of the Nazi regime, this final death blow was unique in character and scope. In "The Death Marches," the first comprehensive attempt to answer the questions raised by this final murderous rampage, Daniel Blatman draws on the testimonies of victims, perpetrators, and bystanders to explain--to the extent that is possible--the effort invested by mankind's most lethal regime in liquidating the remnants of the enemies of the "Aryan race" before it abandoned the stage of history.
The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust
by  Martin Gilbert Details
Drawing from twenty-five years of original research, distinguished historian Sir Martin Gilbert re-creates the remarkable stories of non-Jews who risked their lives to help Jews during the Holocaust. Indeed, many lost their lives for their efforts. Those who hid Jews included priests, nurses, teachers, neighbors and friends, employees and colleagues, soldiers and diplomats, and--above all--ordinary citizens.
Updated 10/27/2014
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