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After Buchenwald was liberated by the U.S. Third Army, U.S. intelligence officers were dispatched there to gather testimony for future war-crimes trials. The wide variety of humanity whose voices are heard in this report?Jews, political prisoners, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, clergymen, Poles, Russians, slave laborers who worked outside the camp?collectively presents a detailed account of daily life at Buchenwald as well as specific methods of terror and control used by the SS guards, and conveys the power of ideology to distort human behavior. Much of the report concerns the catastrophic punishments administered for petty infractions, i.e., examples of individual sadism. The original German-language report was thought to have been lost, but the head of the U.S. interview team at Buchenwald, Albert Rosenberg, kept a copy, which is here edited and translated by Univ. of Texas historian Hackett. History Book Club featured selection; BOMC selection.
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This seminal document, published here in its entirety for the first time, is a report compiled for the Allied Army from interviews with the inmates of the Buchenwald concentration camp, located near Weimar, Germany in April 1945, shortly after the camp's liberation. It has been translated and provided with notes and annotations by Hackett (history, Univ. of Texas, El Paso) and a foreword by the late Frederick Praeger (the publisher), who describes the origins of the report and the fascinating story of how it was found after having lain neglected in U.S. government archives. Here are presented, in dispassionate yet moving prose, the accounts of those who witnessed the horrors of the Black Cell Block, the punishment detail, the medical experiments, the social order of the camp, how it was built, how it functioned before and during the war, and how it was liberated. It is immediate, direct, and, as the product of the testimony of many people, more inclusive and wide-ranging than any single individual's personal testament. A classic of Holocaust literature that should be in any library that covers European history.?Barbara Walden, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press (September 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813333636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813333632
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on June 30, 2000
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With the publication of this official report after some fifty years, the Allied attempt to comprehensively document the damning specifics of life in a German concentration camp has finally reached the public as was originally intended. Buchenwald was among the first of the camps to be liberated by the Allies in the final days of the war in Europe, and the authorities wanted to have firm and indisputable proof of the atrocities and barbarism perpetrated on the defenseless and noncombatant prisoners of the camp by the Nazi regime. Thus, an amazing and almost protean attempt was made by the Allies to capture, for the record, every conceivable aspect of life within the concentration camp before the prisoners, guards and other witnesses to the horrors vanished into the mists and confusion of post-war Germany.
This is truly a startling document to read. There is frank and open discussion about mind-boggling horrors, from the crematoriums and execution rooms to gruesome and bizarre medial experiments carried out at the medical facility within the confines of the camp. Treatment of the prisoners by guards, capos and other officials is described in detail. Little is left to the imagination, for the ultimate purpose of the documentation was to use as evidence against the Nazis in the planned war crime trials at Nuremberg. The report is in two principal parts; Part One presents the findings of the Allied investigation team and consists of a complete history and description of the camp and its nefarious activities.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Zielinski on November 19, 2002
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I had read Eugen Kogon's work titled "The Theory and Practice of Hell" and wondered could this work be any more enlightening as to Buchenwald camp. The reports, listed as personal narratives, are quite graphic and revealing as to the nature of this camp and its staff. This book is a real eye opener to any student of the Holocaust who desires a knowledge of camps inside Germany, as opposed to the death camps in Poland for instance. It reveals the abject corruption of the s.s. when they were exposed to unlimited money, power and control. I do not excuse their actions in any way, but am glad that these villains are portrayed in the cowardly light they lived in. One report of personal interest to me pertains to prisoners sent from Buchenwald to Auschwitz where the activities of Otto Moll, the sadistic beast of Birkenau are chronicled. I would appreciate any titles or information on this elusive person only from an information standpoint. I recommend this book for its educational and personal power...the depths that men sink to are truly bottomless.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Leah Jakaitis on December 30, 2000
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As a Jew, I feel it is very important to be as informed as possible about the past of my religion and my people. The events of the holocaust, and in turn, the events at the Buchenwald Camp were truly horrific. From the knowledge of what occured there comes a sort of preventative aide-if people know of the tragedy that occured, then it can be prevented from ever happening again. The accounts offered in the Buchenwald Report are harrowing and disturbing. I read the entire book, from cover to cover, and although some accounts are somewhat tedious and repetative, there is nothing more intimate than someone's personal account of their experience at Buchenwald. I highly recommend this book to anyone with slight interest in the happenings of world war II and specifically, how the holocaust was personally effecting people's lives. The reason for four stars is first of all: As much as I find this book important to read, it's not enjoyable, as a book really should be. Such depressing subject matter, but it is important to be disposed to such information, as a sort of (to restate myself) preventative for something like this ever happening again. As for a historian's standpoint, also, I am not sure as to how accurate all of the information provided within this book is. A very valuable read, though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on April 18, 2002
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This book is not for the faint of heart. It is the United States government report on the Buchenwald concentration camp that was liberated by American forces during the end of the Second World War. The book covers the state of the camp when it was liberated, the types of prisoners, the methods used to subdue and kill the prisoners, and the fate of the camp administration and guards once the camp was over run. The book also has a number of camp diagrams and black and white photos.
To say that this is a moving book only scratches the service the powerful emotions that the reader will face going through the text. Although this was designed to be a government report, there is no way to document this period and situation without your emotions coming through in the writing and these author's prove that point. The issue is a stark look at one of the worst examples of the inhumanity one people can inflict on another. If you are interested in learning about the holocaust this is a good way to start, because it will give you an up front, no spin view of the actual conditions.
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