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In 1942 the liquidation of the Jewish-Polish ghetto of Wierzbnik sent 4,000 Jews to their deaths in Treblinka and enslaved another 1,600 at factory camps in the nearby town of Starachowice. Wierzbnik at its peak had 5,400 Jews, of whom 600 to 700 survived the war, and half of these left testimonies in memoirs or others forms. National Jewish Book Award–winning historian Browning (The Origins of the Final Solution) bases his study primarily on survivor testimonies from the slave-labor camps at the Starachowice factory. Willi Althoff, the first commander of factory security whose killings of Jews were theatrically staged and who killed all Jews infected with typhus, was succeeded by pragmatist Kurt Baumgarten, who preferred keeping workers alive to increase factory production and line his pockets by extorting. Nuanced survivor accounts from live interviews, memoirs and archived accounts depicts some Ukrainian guards as sadistic anti-Semites while others were lenient, well-behaved, or corruptible. As the Soviets approached, the Germans deported the slaves to Auschwitz-Birkenau before retreating. Although too specialized for the casual reader, Browning's authoritative, lucid, and subtly analyzed microhistory of a relatively obscure area of Holocaust history will be of considerable value to scholars. 10 photos, maps. (Jan.)
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Browning, professor of history at the University of North Carolina, profiled the motivations and actions of German death squads in eastern Europe in his celebrated, Ordinary Men (1992). Here, he concentrates on another, less-publicized aspect of the Holocaust, the German system of slave-labor camps. Spurred on by the acquittal of the man responsible for sending many Polish Jews to these camps in a German court in 1972, Browning began a comprehensive investigation, relying heavily upon the testimonies of survivors from the Starachowice camp in central Poland. Browning is a meticulous and disciplined researcher, and he strives to filter out what he views as unreliable testimony. What emerges is a highly credible and deeply shocking account of a slave-labor camp where the cruelty and brutality is comparable to the more publicized extermination camps like Treblinka and Auschwitz. Inmates were regarded as expendable material to be kept alive at a level only adequate enough to perform work duties. They were starved, beaten, and subject to daily terrors and humiliations. This is an excellent addition to the field of Holocaust studies. --Jay Freeman
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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1St Edition edition (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393070190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393070194
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher R. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina and the author of Ordinary Men and other outstanding works of Holocaust history. He lives in Chapel Hill.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2010
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Christopher Browning's Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp is a vivid, moving, and convincing contribution to the history of the Holocaust. The book is a "micro-history" of the Jews of Wierzbnik and Starachowice, neighboring towns in the Radom district of Poland. Lacking documentary sources, Browning built the history almost entirely on the basis of survivors' accounts. Though the ghetto and slave-labor camp were relatively small, eyewitness accounts from 292 survivors were available (p.5): a few immediate post-war interviews; many German judicial records from post-war trials (1962-8); and testimonies recorded in Yad Vashem, the Shoah Foundation archives, and a number of other collections (4-5).
In general, Browning has succeeded at reconstructing a convincing narrative from retrospective testimony, often delivered long after the events. Multiple accounts are cited and carefully collated to support his reconstruction of events. Conflicts between different witnesses are not glossed over, but explored. See especially the extended discussion (210-218) of numerous accounts of an attack on a German officer by a Jewish woman, desperate at imminent deportation as the Starachowice camps were being closed. Multiple survivors reported the incident, with numerous variations; the woman herself, who survived despite being shot by the officer she attacked, provided seven not entirely consistent accounts over 40 years (213ff.) Browning carefully sorts through the different versions, identifying commonalities and assembling a version of events in which we can have some confidence.
Browning is conscious of the difficulties in working with these sources: Remembering Survival is about both events and how they are remembered.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zvi Herschman on October 23, 2011
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The telling of this most unsung part of the Holocaust history is an imperative and Christopher Browning does an impeccable job. My parents were in this camp, my mother from the outset and my father once he was captured after being denounced by his old friend while on the "Aryan" side. The accuracy is most laudable. The very notion of this type of slave subcontracting needs to be told far and wide and this book is a most readable primer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Sweeney on May 7, 2012
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_Remembering Survival_ is a detailed study of the people associated with a slave-labor camp in a district of Nazi-occupied Poland, Radom. Radom hasn't had the focus that the other Polish districts have received but I think that may change going forward with this work.

Browning has this way with the material. I more or less decided that I couldn't read this one in the evening before bed because it's just so pitiful. He not only covers the camp, but the communities that contributed prisoners to it, what they may have been like before the war, what happened at the beginning of the occupation and through each step of repression, selection, imprisonment... the people who ran the complex of camps, the psychos who beat and shot people, the guards who screamed and lashed out like madment but only when the German overseers were watching.

I think what impresses me so far in the book is Browning's picture of corruption among all levels of German authority and the Jewish camp organization. I don't think I've ever gotten that from other histories or memoirs. Some of it may be an outgrowth of the peculiar pecking order that the pressures of camp life imposed on those within.

Browning's extensive research is to be lauded in producing this view of a microcosm at one site throughout the Holocaust.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David G. on April 28, 2014
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Detailed and painstakingly researched, one is taken inside the moments by walking beside the victims. Endlessly shocking, this is a microcosm for gaining an understanding of the whole, of both the perpetrators and the victims. Browning is a master of clarity -- so clear it is relentlessly painful -- tempered by wisdom. Here we learn facts as we must, but we come out the other side with some of the wisdom of the author having penetrated us, making us better for it.
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Since the town of Starachowice (Wierzbnik) was my grandfathers town, it was an excellent oportunity to know more about it.
The book is very well written and describe very carefully what happened the during Holocaust focusing mainly in 1972's Trial.

I live in Brazil and there is a zero possibilty of having this book translated and sold here. I thanks AMAZON for giving me so a precious opportunity of having access to this book.
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