From Publishers Weekly
Despite the plethora of books on the Holocaust, there remain little-known corners to be explored, and Sellier casts light on one of the darkest corners with this account of the Dora Camp, where V-2 rockets-Germany's supposed secret weapon-were produced. The story of this camp, with its underground factory, has been suppressed or ignored by the U.S. government, writes historian Michael Neufeld, because of "its inconvenient connection to an American hero: the rocket scientist Wernher von Braun," who was in charge of testing the rockets. Sellier, a French historian and a survivor of Camp Dora, relates how the factory was manned by slave laborers sent from Buchenwald; describes life in the underground tunnels, where the prisoners not only worked but lived without running water or proper sanitation; and tells of the camp's evacuation by death marches and other means with the approach of Allied forces in 1945. Sellier quotes directly from the chilling testimony of the camp's former inmates, who evoke Dante to convey the hellish nature of life there. This is an important addition to the history of the Holocaust, published in association with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Illus. Maps.
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The linkage between the Nazi rocket program and the concentration camp system was embodied in the underground facility called Dora, where slave labor was used to build the V-1 and V-2 rockets. . . . Sellier draws on oral histories and primary source documents to re-create the genesis, evolution, and conditions of the camp. . . . Recommended.
)Dora survivor and historian Sellier recounts the history of camp Mittelbau. . . . He supplies a detailed . . . treatment of Mittelbau's subcamps and the 1945 evacuations. . . . As the Reich attempted to cope with the effects of Allied bombing, the Mittelwerk's subterranean forced-labor projects continued to proliferate in 1944. This edition contains an excellent illustrative essay and maps. Recommended.
(J.R. White CHOICE
Brilliant...remarkable. (Jens-Christian Wagner)
An event...will continue to be revered as a standard work on the topic. I highly recommend it to all readers. (Michael J. Neufeld)
The definitive and valuable study...a valuable contribution. (John Weiss)
A fresh view of a horrendous scene. (Raul Hilberg)A full-bodied Holocaust story. . . . Sellier delivers an effective tale of yet another site in the Nazis' system of war-making through terrible exploitation.
(Gerard Alexander The Virginia Quarterly Review
)Complex, nuanced, and balanced. . . . Sellier’s book is an important addition to the scholarship on the Holocaust.
(Michael Peterson, University of Maryland H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
This is an important contribution to the history of the Holocaust and belongs in every library... (Jewish Book World