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The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War

by Martin Gilbert

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This is not a book you will enjoy reading, but its a must-read nevertheless. This is a relentless pounding with figures, page after page of number, each number representing a human life lost in the worst crime of the 20th century if not all history. Individual names appear and then disappear, the fate of every Jew from even the most obscure villages all over Europe recounted in calm emotionleess tones. This is not a book screaming with anger or seeking revenge, it is a book for proving, with slow relentless logic, that this unspeakable crime actually happened. As I said this is not a book you will enjoy, it will make you squirm, it will make you weep, it will make you boil with rage, but you will remember. That's its purpose and it achieves it admirably ( )
1 vote drmaf | Aug 15, 2013 |
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  cavlibrary | Jun 5, 2013 |
This is a tour-de-force of history. Martin Gilbert had an ambitious project -- cover the whole Holocaust from the pre-Hitler days to after the war, all over Europe -- but he was able to accomplish his ends without either glossing over anything or making it too long. I was dizzied by the number of sources he quoted. The guy really knows how to write, too, and put his sources together into one coherent narrative.

Two caveats: Gilbert transliterates proper names strangely. For example, Tuvia Bielsky is called "Tobias Belsky." Also, the book was written over 25 years ago and is a little dated as a result; a lot of research has been done since then. I wish he'd put out a second addition. In the meantime, Martin Gilbert is my new superhero. ( )
1 vote meggyweg | Sep 27, 2011 |
Well written and very well documented. ( )
  bjgoff689 | Jun 5, 2009 |
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  icm | Oct 3, 2008 |
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In the late summer of 1959, accompanied by a Polish friend, a non-Jew, I travelled by car to the River Bug near Malkinia junction, on the Warsaw-Leningrad railway.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0805003487, Paperback)

A compelling book on an ugly subject, The Holocaust may be the finest book available for those who want a general understanding of how the rise of the Nazis in Germany impacted the Jewish people--as well as those who want to learn exactly what was at stake in the Second World War. When The Holocaust was first published in 1986, Elie Wiesel gave it a glowing review, writing, "This book must be read and reread." It occasionally seems like a numbing catalog of unspeakable horrors, but how else does one write a comprehensive history of such a great tragedy? Gilbert is an accomplished author with a frighteningly long list of books to his credit; this is among his best.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:06:30 -0400)

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