Hunt for the Jews

  • by Jan Grabowski
  • Narrated by Charles Henderson Norman
  • 7 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Steve H. Caldwell

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Would you listen to Hunt for the Jews again? Why?

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Hunt For the Jews reads more like a research paper or text book, than the typical nonfiction book. This is a systematic account of story after story of acts of atrocity carried out in Poland by common ordinary citizens, discussing motives, court documents and eye witness testimonies. The narrator seemed like he wanted to compensate for the author's lack by injecting more emotion into his performance than expressed. Nevertheless, some of the detailed accounts of the witnesses' testimonies that were included in this work were disturbing. The fact that so many non-military, non-German, Polish civilians, not only went along with the systemic eradication of all Jews, but actually rained down terror upon their fellow citizens themselves, is unconscionable. It provides a lesson for those of us living in the west who think it could never happen here, and it is an indictment beyond Poles and Jews. It is the blood lust or blood frenzy, if you like, of greed and racism, devoid of any sense of human dignity, and it's a story that we should never forget.

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- J. Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks