Based on interviews from the sound archives of the Imperial War Museum and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., this history of the Holocaust is told in the very words of the men and women who survived.Based on interviews from the sound archives of the Imperial War Museum and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., this history of the Holocaust is told in the very words of the men and women who survived.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-02-20 Elie Wiesel's Night may be topping bestseller lists, thanks to Oprah's book club, but there is still a need for other testimonies to the horrors of the Holocaust. Smith, who has recorded the experiences of survivors for London's Imperial War Museum, weaves together more than 100 accounts to construct a narrative of Nazi persecutions from the first anti-Semitic measures in 1933 through the liberation of the concentration camps. Atrocities, cruelties and random acts of kindness are recounted, fueled by a fierce need to preserve the truth for future generations. The strength of this collection is deepened by the inclusion of the experiences of Jehovah's Witnesses, Gypsies, members of German police battalions and resistance fighters. The most horrific anecdotes evoke the suffering of German, Polish and Czech Jews in overcrowded ghettos and extermination centers, somehow managing to outwit and, against all odds, overcome the final solution by luck and their persistent will to live. This is an extraordinary work of scholarship and a reminder of the power of individual stories, which can bring home the horrors of WWII more forcefully than abstract numbers. B&w photos. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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