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Publisher's Summary

Judenjagd, hunt for the Jews, was the German term for the organized searches for Jews who, having survived ghetto liquidations and deportations to death camps in Poland in 1942, attempted to hide "on the Aryan side". Jan Grabowski's penetrating microhistory tells the story of the Judenjagd in Dabrowa Tarnowska, a rural county in southeastern Poland, where the majority of the Jews in hiding perished as a consequence of betrayal by their Polish neighbors. Drawing on materials from Polish, Jewish, and German sources created during and after the war, Grabowski documents the involvement of the local Polish population in the process of detecting and killing the Jews who sought their aid. Through detailed reconstruction of events, this close-up account of the fates of individual Jews casts a bright light on a little-known aspect of the Holocaust in Poland.
©2013 Jan Grabowski (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"This important, often disturbing, exploration of how genocides happen is… enriched by the author's clear compassion for those who were compromised or lost." ( ForeWord Reviews)
"Here is an absolutely essential addition to any Holocaust library or a read for anyone interested in Polish-Jewish relations." ( AJL Reviews)
"Recommended for all serious Holocaust collections." ( Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve H. Caldwell on 09-26-16

Highlights how quick people turn on each other.

A well researched look into how quickly people turned on their neighbors in Poland after the Nazi invasion. As you listen to one heartbreaking story after another, you realize just how thin the line is between life and death if your neighbors can't see you as a part of their community, but as an outsider to be rounded up and taken away. It really showcases the lowest some humans can sink to. Charles Henderson Norman really lends the narration gravitas with his serious tones, and steady pacing.

I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the Narrator in exchange for an honest review through AudiobookBoom.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Reg on 01-22-18

Particularly Poignant

The Nazi's were ruthless before, during and after WWII. But the callousness and brutality of the Polish collaboration with the Nazi captors was hard to listen to. To charge a hunted person (that you may have known your entire life) and then, when that person could no longer pay you, turn them in to be summarily murdered is gut wrenching. Not only that but Grabowski presents evidence that the very people who did this then turned around and murdered holocaust survivors so they could keep the goods entrusted to them!

The horrors of the Holocaust are without end and the trials after the war did not catch a millionth of the perpetrators. I hope we never forget this and other genocides around the world that continue to this day.

The narration by Charles Norman was a good match for the gravity of this material. It felt at times like I was listening to a war documentary. His voice is very rich and deep and he let the right amount of emotion in at the right times. I did listen on 1.5 speed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By SheilaZ on 07-23-16

Worth Your Time

If you could sum up Hunt for the Jews in three words, what would they be?

Well researched history.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Charles Henderson Norman?

I would choose someone who would take the time to learn how to pronounce the names of the villages and towns. Everytime he murdered a pronunciation, it made me wince. I suppose it probably doesn't bother someone who isn't aware. However, I believe it shows a lack of respect to the story and the Polish language.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I live a village near Tarnów, so this book held personal interest for me. (I am not from Poland originally.) I've been to many of the towns and villages mentioned. This book is held in contempt by many here. It is considered by some to be misinformed, and by others to be a down right lie. I found it to be thought provoking and revealing. It is not an easy listen, nor should it be. The repeated citations and quotations are needed to justify to the listener that this is a book based on research, not simply repeated memories and wishful myths. World War Two wasn't a black and white, good guys-bad guys situation. There was a lot of grey, and that grey was deadly.

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