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The Holocaust Chronicle First Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
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The words will do, but the pictures are the point in this hefty and impressive reference work about the systematic murder of six million Jews. It differs from other such works in its inclusion of more than 2,000 color and black-and-white photographs from archives and private collections, and in its format: designed to highlight the photos while a timeline across the bottom of each page provides a running chronology of Holocaust-related events from 1933 to 1946. The top two-thirds of the page present two or three photographs with informative captions; the text was written by a team of historians. The result is a comprehensive account that documents a wide range of events from the hanging of five Poles in Krak?w for "aiding Jews" to the deportation of 700 Jews from Milan to Auschwitz and the Spanish government's diplomatic rescue of 365 Greek Jews from Belsen. The arresting objects, people and locations depicted include a wooden pin made by a Bergen-Belsen inmate; a Polish Jehovah's Witness who survived the Stutthof labor camp; and a cramped Amsterdam basement where two Dutch Jews hid for most of the war. A substantial prologue considers the "Roots of the Holocaust" in earlier history; an epilogue describes the "Aftermath," including the founding of the state of Israel, the continuing hunt for surviving war criminals and the recent controversies over Pope Pius XII. As a source of information, this work can't rival the multivolume Encyclopedia of the HolocaustAnor does it mean to do so. Instead, it aims to introduce readers familiar with the Holocaust to a broader range of data, and to a startling set of indelible images. (June)
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Containing hundreds of photos, this collaborative effort by over half a dozen historians is an ambitious attempt to create a comprehensive account of the Shoah suitable for a wide audience. The contents are organized chronologically in 16 chapters, from "Roots of the Holocaust" through "The Pursuit of Justice." A day-by-day time line appears on the bottom of each page, while the rest of the text combines images drawn from archives from around the world with textual explanations. Special sections, highlighted in yellow, often deal with the most controversial of issues, such as the role of the Vatican. One of the most difficult things to do in a book with so many illustrations is to integrate analysis with the visual imagery. In most cases, the authors succeed in contextualizing the people, the events, and their significance, meeting a relatively high standard of scholarship and narrative. However, the lack of a central theme, other than the Holocaust broadly defined, means that everything that can possibly relate is crammed in; readers would do best to examine the index for subjects of interest or to read randomly for information. The glossary and bibliography are well done. The product of a nonprofit venture, this book will be a welcome addition to all collections.
-Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Publications International, Ltd.; First edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785329633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785329633
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What an amazing book! It's about time that a book waspublished about the Holocaust that is as easily accessible andreadible as "The Holocaust Chronicle" is.
As a Jewish high school educator, I know that this book will be a valuable resource in my classroom for years to come.
It is a difficult subject, and therefore this book can be exhausting as you leaf through it's almost 800 pages, but it is a subject that needs to discussed and taught for generations to come.
Buy this book. Give it to your school, put it on your bookshelf at home. You will be glad you did.
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This massive volume is undoubtedly the most comprehensive collection of text, illustrations, and pictures that I have ever encountered. Never before have I seen such care and thoroughness applied to a book about the Holocaust. Every single page is packed, and I mean PACKED, with every tidbit of information you could possibly want to know. You could literally spend hours with it in your lap and just scratch the surface of what's inside.
The appeal of this title not only applies to research afficionados but to the general public as well. The style in which it is written flows very easily and does not sound like an encyclopedia entry, which would turn me right off.
This book is an absolute and definitive must for any person who has an interest in the history of the Holocaust. Do yourself a favor. Track down this book and buy it on the spot!
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This book is one of the best sources of information on Hitler's bloody act of social engineering I have come across.

However, it does have deficiencies I would like to see corrected in a future edition.

It mentions the crimes of Aufseherin Irma Grese, but gives somebody else's picture.

But even worse, it omitts the activities of Germany's very activist Juduciary in assisting, through Dynamic Interpretation, (what would not be called 'evolving standards'),the nazis with their agenda.

It does not mention the case of Erich Charrel vs Ufa Film studios in which the courts defined Jews as being Legally Dead, (Civil Death) as far as contractual purposes are concerned.

Nor does it mention the Airforce House Conference of 23 -24 April of 1941 in Berlin where the heads of the courts gave Hitler a green light to murder the sick and others deemed as people with Lives unworthy of life. (This actually shocked me). Though it mentions Wannsee Conference.

Nor does it mention the travesties after the war in which the courts of Germany and Austria covered for the murderers. Granting them pensions. And givingthem mere slaps on the wrists for murdering thousands if not tens of thousands of innocent human beings.

I did like the listing of the dead, as far as numbers go. But to make them more effective at comunicating the extent of the attrocity, I wish they had given the number of dead with the number available to be murdered.

Beyond these flaws, this is an excellent book on the subject of the Holocaust.
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This is a vivid and monumental work, and should be lauded on the basis of its many merits. One of them is that this enormously complex subject is often explained in one number: Six million. It is a mind boggling number that a person cannot readily comprehend, and therefore any personal value attached to this tragedy is often not felt. The Holocaust Chronicle has taken a step to correct this, using an absolute wealth of photographs (many you have probably never seen before) to try and present to the reader the progression of Nazi malice against European Jews. It simply does a wonderful job of making this information not only readable but easy to digest. Every page contains multiple photos, and a timeline runs along the bottom of every page relating some form of persecution that happened on that month and year. Every other page has a yellow box with the personal story of someone who either suffered at the hands of the Nazis, someone who helped the Jews in their plight or someone who committed horriffic crimes against humanity. This book is written in easy-to-read style, and I think the intent is to convey this terrible chapter of humanity in a way that will not only be easily understood but also something the reader finds interesting and knowledgeable. This history is perfectly balanced, and the research is outstanding. An excellent reference in the back allows you to look up the exact dates that many anti-Jewish laws were enacted or abuses were committed, making this an excellent choice for anyone wanting to educate young adults on this sad chapter of humanity. One other thing: There is always a Holocaust denier in every group, and this subject always bring one out of every crowd. Please commpletely disregard the reviewer comments that are titled "Inaccurate and Shameful", as nothing could be farther from the truth. This is a work of historical integrity that should be in every High School library.
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Three books in one: A detailed 1) history, 2)timeline and 3)personal vignettes that create a rich hologram-like view of the enabling preconditions, actual events and aftermath of the Genocide of the Jews of Europe at the hands of the Nazis.

Back in July of this year, I wrote a review of Ellie Wiesel's "Night," a new edition that had been translated by his own daughter. This small book captured the essence of one man's subjective experience with the subject of this much larger effort, contributed to by dozens of historians and scholars and published by a non-profit organization. This is not a `sit down and read a book today' publication. Each of it's 750 richly illustrated pages are packed with personal stories about individual people, a detailed on-going time-line, detailed with specific events beginning in 1500 BCE (The modern Jewish term for "BC", standing for "Before the Common Era."), and passing through the establishment of the State of Israel and into the late 1990's, and a continuous narrative history of more details than most people have ever imagined were available in the telling of this particularly horrific tale of humanity gone wrong. There is, in fact, so much information, that each page calls for a slow overview, and then at least several readings to capture the totality of what is being presented. It is a book to which ongoing time must be devoted to really appreciate what it gives us: As Dragnet's Sgt. Joe Friday would have said, "Nothing but the facts.
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