Our Crime Was Being Jewish

  • by Anthony S. Pitch
  • Narrated by Malk Williams, Fenella Fudge
  • 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the shouted words of a woman bound for Auschwitz to a man about to escape from a cattle car, "If you get out, maybe you can tell the story! Who else will tell it?"
Our Crime Was Being Jewish contains 576 vivid memories of 358 Holocaust survivors. These are the true, insider stories of victims, told in their own words. They include the experiences of teenagers who saw their parents and siblings sent to the gas chambers; of starving children beaten for trying to steal a morsel of food; of people who saw their friends commit suicide to save themselves from the daily agony they endured. The recollections are from the start of the war - the home invasions, the Gestapo busts, and the ghettos - as well as the daily hell of the concentration camps and what actually happened inside.
Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and this hefty collection of stories told by its survivors is one of the most important books of our time. It was compiled by award-winning author Anthony S. Pitch, who worked with sources such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to get survivors' stories compiled together and to supplement them with images from the war. These memories must be told and held on to so what happened is documented; so the lives of those who perished are not forgotten; so history does not repeat itself.

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Fascinating and Disturbing

What did you love best about Our Crime Was Being Jewish?

This may be one of the most informative books I have ever read about Holocaust survivors. It terrifies, it invokes empathy,it enlists great respect for the plight of the Jewish people and it is compelling. I have read hundreds of books about the Holocaust and the Nazis, but this shed even more light on the atrocities committed against the Jewish people of Europe and those who helped them.


What did you like best about this story?

It is not a story but a series of brief interviews with survivors; a recollection of events that marked their lives during WWII. The courage of these survivors and liberators is beyond imagination. For Holocaust deniers, this is a MUST read.


What does Malk Williams and Fenella Fudge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Their complete immersion into reading the personal horrors of the survivors. The feeling that they put into the reading makes you feel as though you are listening to the actual people tell their rememberances.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. You could never digest this in one sitting. It is a book I will listen to more than once.


Any additional comments?

I have such deep feelings for the Jewish people who suffered under the Nazis, and for those who risked their lives to protect them in any way they could. The US military men who spoke about what they saw should be a light to all who try to deny the Holocaust. It happened and it should never be forgotten.

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Tiny vignettes

What did you like best about Our Crime Was Being Jewish? What did you like least?

Most vignettes are between 1 and 2 minutes. There are no complete stories.


Would you ever listen to anything by Anthony S. Pitch again?

Likely not, the accents are rather hokey.


Did Malk Williams and Fenella Fudge do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really, just lots of hokey accents


Do you think Our Crime Was Being Jewish needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, but I'm sure more silimar compilation will be created in the future.


Any additional comments?

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and associated programs have the largest archive of survivor stories outside of Tel Aviv, and those resources are wasted here. This book, like the USHMM is a postmodern nihilist anti-reason creation born of the same philosophy that allowed humans to commit these atrocities in the first place. It's purpose is to create simple horror, but what the book actually does is sterilize each memory and turn it into a number.

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- NeoAtreides

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios