On June 1944, Freda Wineman and her family arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration and death camp. After a cursory look from an SS doctor, Freda's life was spared and her mother was sent to the gas chambers. Freda only survived because the Allies won the war - the Nazis ultimately wanted every Jew to die. Her mother was one of millions who lost their lives because of a racist regime that believed that some human beings simply did not deserve to live - not because of what they had done, but because of who they were.
Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting the survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. In this sweeping history, he combines this testimony with the latest academic research to investigate how history's greatest crime was possible. Rees argues that while hatred of the Jews was at the epicenter of Nazi thinking, we cannot fully understand the Holocaust without considering Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals that there was no single overarching blueprint for the Holocaust. Instead, a series of escalations compounded into the horror. Though Hitler was most responsible for what happened, the blame is widespread, Rees reminds us, and the effects are enduring.
The Holocaust: A New History is an accessible yet authoritative account of this terrible crime. A chronological, intensely listenable narrative, this is a compelling exposition of humanity's darkest moment.
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Grim but important
- Tad Davis
FANTASTIC BOOK, BUT HORRIBLE READING
The information is very detailed and thoroughly researched. It could not possibly be any better in that respect.
Night by Elie Wiesel.
The performance was terrible. Mr. Vale was not the right person to narrate this book. He could not even pronounce names correctly, such as saying Joseph Goebbels name as GO-BELLS, instead of GUR-BELLS, and saying Hermann Göring name, as GORE-ING, instead of GAIR-ING, or even worse saying Lebensraum as LEEBEENSRAM, instead of LAY-BENS-RUM. This book needed a quality, thoughtful, strong voice, with excellent diction. Vale sounded like a substitute that was just hired at the last minute, and he narrated as if off of a script with too much emphasis on drama at all times, instead of pacing himself properly. This book is a 10 in research and in the depth of knowledge covered, but the audio version was just plain awful. A big 0.
THIS IS THE HOLOCAUST.
Just about the narrator. The book was amazing, a 10++, but the narrator almost made me want to turn it off, especially when he continued to botch the rightful names of key figures, and key names. He was awful in every respect, and I give him a 0.