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The mass killings took place across the Eastern Front, in seven countries formerly part of the Soviet Union invaded by Nazi Germany. They followed a secret template, or repeatable script, that included a timetable and involved local inhabitants in the mechanics of death to ensure complicity, whether it was to cook for the killers; to clear, dig, and cover the graves; to witness their Jewish neighbors being marched off; or to take part in the slaughter.
Narrating in lucid, powerful prose that has the immediacy of a crime report, Father Desbois assembles a chilling account of how, concretely, these events took place in village after village, from the selection of the date to the twenty-four-hour period in which the mass murders unfolded. Today, such groups as ISIS put into practice the Nazis' lessons on making genocide efficient.
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By deb on 01-24-18
Wow! From Silence to Hair-Raising Details
Father Patrick Desbois brings to life the silence behind so many witnesses to the Holocaust through the search for the details of how the murders were accomplished in the eastern Europe countries where people were rounded up to be shot. Each of the work details seem to be identified and explained in the words of witnesses, whether they were recently interviewed or deposed in records from the time and only now examined. The author masterfully leads the listener/reader on the journey to examine how, when, where, and importantly the who was involved in the smaller yet overall crime. Excellent weaving of the rural setting in France, which some people might relate to other countries, with the rural setting of the eastern European countries of WWII and now. This is a fascinating book that was just released in audio format and I really could not put it aside for more than a few minutes without being drawn back to it. Haunting. Highly recommending this book since it has applications in understanding current events. Do not wait to read this book!
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By Robert M. Pomeranz on 04-24-18
Details of Horror
Remarkably researched and detailed, this book allows one to see the horror almost as if we were standing with either the victims or the murderers. There is a lesson to our time and place that this horror has really never ceased. It is still periodically appearing in our world. If we listen to this account we realize that we have a part to play in the continued violence and genocide. Read or listen and then pass it on to a friend.
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