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click to enlarge Bard, Mitchell G., 48 HOURS OF KRISTALLNACHT: Night of Destruction / Dawn of the Holocaust: An Oral History. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Lyons Press, 2008). Reprint edition. 256 pages.
~~~ On the night of November 9, 1938, rampaging mobs throughout Germany and the newly acquired territories of Austria and Sudetenland freely attacked Jews in the street, in their homes, and at their places of work and worship. Over the next forty-eight hours at least ninety-six Jews were killed and hundreds more injured, as many as 2,000 synagogues were burned, almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed, cemeteries and schools were vandalized, and 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps. This pogrom has come to be called Kristallnacht, “Night of Broken Glass.”
~~~ 48 Hours of Kristallnacht is the first book to thoroughly chronicle this pivotal event by presenting a wide array of eyewitness testimony, much of it previously unpublished, and to set the event firmly in historical context. Drawing on his unprecedented access to key archives, Dr. Mitchell G. Bard presents a shocking story that centers on the words of those who, as children, were on the scene first-hand. Together, these accounts and Bard’s incisive analysis reveal what led up to the pogroms, how they transpired, and their aftermath—and why the Holocaust can be dated from these two harrowing nights.


click to enlarge Baxter, Ian. AUSCHWITZ DEATH CAMP. NEW copy, trade paperback. 250 b&w photographs. (Pen & Sword, 2010). 7.5x9.5, 128 pages.
~~~ The concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was the site of the single largest mass murder in history. Over one million mainly Jewish men, women, and children were murdered in its gas chambers. Countless more died as a result of disease and starvation. 'Auschwitz Death Camp' is a chilling pictorial record of this infamous establishment. Using some 250 photographs together with detailed captions and accompanying text, it describes how Auschwitz evolved from a brutal labor camp at the beginning of the war into what was literally a factory of death. The images how people lived, worked and died at Auschwitz.
~~~ The book covers the men who conceived and constructed this killing machine, and how the camp provided a vast labor pool for various industrial complexes erected in the vicinity. 'Auschwitz Death Camp' is shocking proof of the magnitude of horror inflicted by the Nazis on innocent men, women and children. Such evil should not be forgotten lest it reappear.


Dwork, Deborah and Robert Jan van Pelt, AUSCHWITZ: 1270 to the Present. F/VG. Some minor flaws to jacket. (WW Norton & Company, 1996). First Edition. 7.5x10. Maps on end pages. Photographs, charts, diagram, plates, maps. Extensive notes, bibliography & index. 443 pages.


click to enlarge Fermaglich, Kirsten. AMERICAN DREAMS AND NAZI NIGHTMARES: Early Holocaust Consciousness and Liberal America, 1957-1967. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Brandeis Universtiy Press, 2006). 252 pages.
~~~ To a great extent, Holocaust consciousness in the contemporary United States has become intertwined with American Jewish identity and with support for right-wing Israeli politics — but this was not always the case. In this illuminating study, Kirsten Fermaglich demonstrates that in the late 1950s and early 1960s, many American Jewish writers and academics viewed the Nazi extermination of European Jewry as a subject of universal interest, with important lessons to be learned for the liberal reform of American politics.
~~~ Fermaglich analyzes the lives and writings of Stanley M. Elkins, Betty Friedan, Stanley Milgram, and Robert Jay Lifton, four social scientific thinkers whose work was shaped by a liberal perspective. For them, the Holocaust served as a critical frame of reference for a particular issue: Elkins on slavery's legacy, Friedan on the oppressions of domesticity, Milgram on the willingness to obey, and Lifton on war's survivors. In each case, these thinkers were deeply influenced by their Jewish backgrounds, whether by early encounters with antisemitism or by the profound sense that only fate and an ocean had spared them death in Hitler's Europe. Thus, each chose imagery from the concentration camps, albeit utterly devoid of a particular Jewish association, to illuminate themes that advanced liberal politics, including civil rights, the nuclear test ban, feminism, and Vietnam veterans' rights.
~~~ Rather than being offended by these authors' comparisons between American institutions and Nazi concentration camps, American audiences of all ethnic and religious backgrounds during the late 1950s and early 1960s generally cheered these authors' Nazi imagery and adopted it as part of their own political ideology. Fermaglich demonstrates that liberalism in the United States in the 1960s was more substantially shaped by the Holocaust than we have previously recognized.


click to enlarge Florence, Ronald. EMISSARY OF THE DOOMED: Bargaining for Lives in the Holocaust. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Viking Press, 2010). Photographs. 336 pages.
~~~ The official little known WWII story of a desperate attempt to save Hungary's Jewish population
~~~ When Nazi troops invaded in March 1944, Hungary contained the largest intact Jewish population in Europe. Until then, stories of Auschwitz and other "resettlement camps" were still treated as unconfirmed rumors inside Hungary and among the Allied powers. With the arrival of Adolf Eichmann-and reports from the first escapees from Auschwitz confirming the most horrifying rumors about the camps-the 850,000 Jews of Hungary faced annihilation.
~~~ Emissary of the Doomed is the riveting and heartbreaking account of the heroic attempt to save Hungary's Jewish population. Learning that Eichmann and Himmler were willing to bargain for the lives of as many as one million Jews, Joel Brand and the Jewish rescue committee in Budapest took up the German offer and embarked on a desperate race across Europe and the Middle East to persuade the reluctant Allies to trade funds and matÈriel for Jewish lives. Against the backdrop of the Normandy invasion, the Soviet advance across Eastern Europe, and the American advances up the Italian peninsula, Brand and his colleagues tried to stop the final push of the Nazis to destroy the Jews of Europe. This untold chapter will appeal to all readers of World War II literature.
~~~ Out of print.


click to enlarge Godfrey, Mark. ABSTRACTION AND THE HOLOCAUST. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Yale Universtiy Press, 2007). 7.5x10. Illustrated (some in color). 294 pages.
~~~ Considers the responses to the Holocaust of artists and architects working with abstraction between 1951 and the present. This study challenges the idea that abstract art cannot respond to history, an argument that was put forward by critics such as Clement Greenberg.


click to enlarge Longerich, Peter. HOLOCAUST: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Oxford Universtiy Press, 2010). 6.5x9.5. Notes, bibliography, index, 608 pages.
~~~ From Library Journal: "In an extensive rewrite when the book was translated into English, with additional sourcing, Longerich presents an expanded English-language edition of his famous 1998 study of the Holocaust, Politik der Vernichtung. He demonstrates that Nazi policy evolved inconsistently, with almost every new anti-Jewish measure beginning with a sometimes vague decree by central leadership, which local party bosses then implemented, often violently. Once the regime was certain of public support, or at least indifference, it implemented more concrete, harsher rules against the Jews, creating a self-sustaining cycle of radicalization that built up over six years.
~~~To Longerich the critical period for deciding upon genocide was not fall 1941 (per the Intenationalist model) or even 1933 (the Functionalist assertion) but the outbreak of war in 1939. The Nazi goal was to create an Aryan racial utopia, and the extirpation of the Jews was a logical product of what Hitler described as a war against international Jewry.
~~~ Based on an additional decade of research in newly available archives, Longerich's book is not a history of Nazism or a comprehensive study of the Holocaust, and thus is not suitable for lower-level undergraduates. It is essential reading for advanced students and scholars who study the Holocaust."


click to enlarge Mattaus, Jurgen (ed). APPROACHING AN AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR: Holocaust Testimony and Its Transformations. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Oxford Universtiy Press, 2007). Illustrated. 211 pages.
~~~ This volume brings several scholars together to analyze the testimony of one Holocaust survivor. Born in Bratislava at the end of WWI, Helen "Zippi" Spitzer Tichauer was sent to Auschwitz in 1942 in the second transport of Jewish women from Slovakia. This multifaceted approach towards Zippi's unique story combined with the analysis of key aspects of Holocaust memory, its forms and functions, makes for a rewarding and fascinating read.
~~~ Hardcover out of print.


click to enlarge Porter, Anna. KASZTNER'S TRAIN: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Walker & Company, 2008). 6.5x9.5. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 608 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "Porter (The Storyteller) seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of Rezso Kasztner. This Hungarian Jew was branded a Nazi collaborator by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ben Hecht in his 1961 book, Perfidy. But more recently Kasztner has been exonerated by Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem. After 400,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz in 1944, Kasztner, a point man in a "goods-for-blood" deal with Nazi henchman Adolf Eichmann, arranged for a train to carry 1,684 Jews from Hungary to Switzerland, wealthy Jews paying $1,500 per person while the poor paid nothing. For $100 a head, Eichmann kept an additional 20,000 Jews alive in Austrian labor camps. After the war Kasztner relocated to Israel, where in 1952 he was accused of being a Nazi collaborator who saved a privileged few at the expense of thousands of others. Kasztner sued for malicious libel and lost on most counts; the trial made international headlines; and Kasztner was assassinated in 1957 by right-wing extremists. Although a well-researched counterbalance to Hecht's account, Porter's defense may swing too much in favor of Kasztner, given that most of the participants are deceased and much of the evidence is anecdotal. Readers, however, will welcome the opportunity to debate the ever-relevant moral issues of doing business with the enemy"


Sacco, Jack, WHERE THE BIRDS NEVER SING: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Regan Books / Harper Collins, 2003) First Edition. With a Foreward by Bob Dole. Maps, photographs, 316 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "Written in an unusual style by the son of a G.I., this episodic WWII chronicle covers the career of the author's father, Joe Sacco (no relation to the comics artist), from his induction into the U.S. Army and stateside training during 1943, overseas deployment to Great Britain in early 1944, and his experiences in combat and behind the lines at Normandy through the end of the war. The account of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp, in late April 1945, comprises only one short chapter in the book. Although the narrative is first-person, the author's father is given neither co-authorship, nor "as told to" credit. This peculiar style limits the impact of some of the writing. "They say that war is comprised of one surreal moment after another, millions of them all strung together until nothing is real anymore except for one's own mortality"-loses some punch if linked back to "a director, writer, and composer living in Los Angeles," as this debut author is credited. Yet the extensive reconstructed (or invented?) dialogue is largely successful: Sacco's barracks life and period profanity make for one of the more accurate and compelling recreations of the G.I. experience in recent years. The book is particularly good on Sacco's first few days in the service, combat action in a small German city in March 1945, and on the liberation of Dachau, but readers expecting extensive tales of armed conflict will be disappointed. While not a classic among World War II memoirs, nor particularly historically significant, this odd duck quacks convincingly."
~~~ Hardcover originally published at $24.95, now OUT OF PRINT.


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