Our view of the Holocaust is shaped by the industrialized death camps of Auschwitz and Treblinka, but the reality was more complex. Drawing on survivors’ testimonies, this revolutionary study moves the focus from the forests of Eastern Europe to the transient networks of the Reich’s railways, to reveal how the location and the methods of genocide altered in the course of the war – and how our perceptions of it have shifted over subsequent decades.
Commandant Of Auschwitz
The Autobiography of Rudolf Hoess
Rudolf Hoess was Commandant of Auschwitz from its construction in 1940 until late 1943, and supervised the murder of over three million Jews as part of the Nazis’ ‘final solution’. He was an expert in the administration of concentration camps and mass exterminations. Hoess wrote this autobiography in 1947 while in prison in Poland. He was tried, sentenced and hanged later that year. The autobiography and other documents are translated here by Constantine Fitzgibbon, with an introduction by Primo Levi.
The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews
During the 1920s and 1930s, Frank Foley worked as Chief Passport Control Officer for the British Embassy in Berlin, a cover for his role as MI6 Head of Station there. As the Nazi administration increased its stranglehold over the country, Foley used his position to issue visas to countless Jews, allowing them to escape to Britain ‘legally’. This biography also recounts many of the escapes that Foley enabled.
The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is one of the heroes of the Second World War, whose courageous actions saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis – and ultimately cost him his life. Juxtaposing Wallenberg’s story with a compelling account of the author’s search for the truth, this biography reveals how he and his helpers created a system of protected passports and safe houses, and uncovers the truth about his mysterious death at the hands of the Soviets.
Closing The Books
Jewish Insurance Claims from the Holocaust
Charles Weiss tells the story of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) and illuminates the ethical as well as financial issues involved in pursuing claims for unredeemed policies of Holocaust victims and their dependents. Slightly off-mint.
‘Hitler’s most famous victim’, Anne Frank was 15 when she died after unimaginable sufferings in Auschwitz and in the chaos of Bergen-Belsen during the final weeks before its liberation. Anne’s diary, kept while she was in hiding in Amsterdam, is perhaps the most famous testimony of Nazi oppression. This detailed biography, first published in 1998 and now updated with new material, traces Anne’s life from her birth in Frankfurt in 1929 to her death in mid March 1945.
Underground in Berlin
A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany
‘It was 22 June 1942, and the doorbell rang at six in the morning. In the Germany of those days that was not the milkman arriving.’ On that morning, a young Jewish Berliner called Marie Simon escaped Gestapo arrest and went into hiding. This extraordinary memoir of her daily life as a fugitive, adapted from dictations to her son, captures both the cruelty and kindness of war-torn Germany.
While awaiting execution after the Second World War, Rudolf Hoess, the SS commandant of Auschwitz, wrote a long account of his life and his management of the concentration camp. Jürg Amann has distilled Hoess’s memoir into this very different book. Where Hoess showed no remorse, Amann gives a chilling insight into Hitler’s Final Solution and its practitioners. With an afterword by Ian Buruma.
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death
Reflections on Memory and Imagination
After a lifetime of academic writing on the Holocaust, Otto Dov Kulka turns to his own experiences as a child in Auschwitz in this bleakly poetic memoir. Blending personal recollection and historical research, he vividly recreates the grim absurdity of this ‘metropolis of death’, and reveals why the Nazis set up and then liquidated a model ‘family camp’ there.
A Voice from the Holocaust
In 1943, Rutka Laskier, a 14-year-old Jewish girl in the Polish town of Bedzin, hid her diary before she was deported to Auschwitz. Concealed for more than 60 years, her account – often compared to that of Anne Frank – offers a moving portrait of everyday adolescent joys and sorrows amid the horrors of Nazi occupation. Contemporary photographs of Bedzin and its ghettos bring to life Rutka’s world of hunger and fear of following neighbours and friends to the concentration camps.
How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany
As the Nazi regime intensified its persecution of its Jewish citizens, many turned to relatives abroad for help in escaping. This extraordinary collection of letters, now housed in the American Jewish Committee Archives, tells of one family’s appeals to a cousin in the United States. It is a riveting tale of bureaucratic obstruction, hostile immigration authorities, French internment camps, and an ordinary American Jew, struggling to keep his business afloat, faced with a tragedy beyond his comprehension.
Escape from the Third Reich
Folke Bernadotte and the White Buses
This is the first English translation of Sune Persson's critically acclaimed 2002 study of Sweden's rescue operation of prisoners from Nazi concentration camps on a famous transport of white buses. Despite saving tens of thousands of lives, the mission was fraught with conflict and controversy, including negotiations between its leader Folke Bernadotte and Heinrich Himmler. Now including new archive material and previously unpublished photographs, this important book seeks finally to untangle the truth about Sweden's biggest ever humanitarian operation.
Who Betrayed the Jews?
The Realities of Nazi Persecution in the Holocaust
In The Other Schindlers Agnes Grunwald-Spier wrote of the many unsung individuals who helped the Jews during the Nazi persecution; in this study she uncovers the individuals and groups who betrayed them. Quoting extensively from survivors' accounts, and in sometimes shocking detail, she examines betrayals made for ideology or greed, but also the 'commercial betrayals' by the railway companies who transported Jews and the industries that used forced labour, and the betrayals made in fear and desperation.
The Crime and The Silence
A Quest for the Truth of a Wartime Massacre
The massacre of hundreds of Jews by residents of the small Polish town of Jedwabne in 1941 remained secret for 60 years after the war; it was an atrocity that attested to the level of anti-Semitism in Poland at the time. In this award-winning book, Anna Bikont tells the story of the massacre through the testimony of survivors, but also chronicles her own quest to uncover the truth, and looks at how the town has faced up to its past.
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz
Published in Sweden as a novel, Göran Rosenberg's much-acclaimed book is based closely on his parents' lives, from the Łódź ghetto in Poland where they met in the early years of the Second World War, through incarceration in Auschwitz-Birkenau and the slave camps and transports of the final months of Nazi Germany, to a new life in Sweden. The book opens in 1947 as the father arrives at 'the Place' in Sweden, but the past has come with him.
Reign of Terror
The Budapest Memoirs of Valdemar Langlet 1944–1945
After the Germans ousted Hungary's ruler Admiral Horthy in favour of the fascist Arrow Cross party in 1944, thousands of Hungarian Jews faced murder by anti-Semitic thugs or deportation to the death camps. At great risk to his own life, the Swedish diplomat Valdemar Langlet helped many to escape. Never before translated into English, this memoir by one of the unsung heroes of the Second World War vividly captures the drama and tragedy of this terrifying time.
Helped, hidden and protected by their fellow citizens during 14 harrowing days in 1943, 95 per cent of Denmark's Jewish population – 7,742 people – were smuggled out all along the coast on ships,schooners and fishing boats to neutral Sweden. Drawing on contemporary sources, including eye witness accounts, Bo Lidegaard tells the full story of how the people of Nazi-occupied Denmark anticipated the Nazis' round-up of Danish Jews and decided to resist the might of the Third Reich.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life
Before and During the Holocaust. Three volumes.
Profiling more than 6,500 Jewish communities, with over 600 photographs, 17 pages of maps, a chronology and glossary, these volumes are the product of three decades of work at Yad Vasham, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority of Israel. The alphabetically arranged entries provide details of the history, people and customs of communities, large and small, that thrived throughout much of Europe, north Africa and the Middle East during the early part of the 20th century, but were changed irrevocably by the Holocaust.
The Nazi Security Police and the Banality of Evil
Observing the trial of Eichmann, Hannah Arendt wrote of 'the banality of evil', which was the work, she argued, not of monsters but ordinary people unaware of the bigger picture. This book refutes that idea. Based on meticulous analysis of Nazi documents, it details the structure of the SS and the specific roles of individual officials in the 'Final Solution'. With chilling detachment, it demonstrates how each was fully aware of, and in total agreement with, the consequences of their actions.
Eichmann Before Jerusalem
The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
One of the principal facilitators of the Holocaust, Adolf Eichmann was captured by Mossad in Argentina in 1960 and brought to Jerusalem for trial. This analysis examines his post-war life up to that event, based on newly discovered documentation. The book is in part a response to Hannah Arendt's 1963 volume Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, which assessed Eichmann's actions in the light of his court testimony and evidence available at the trial.
A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland
By the beginning of October 1939, when cosmopolitan Warsaw fell to German occupation, a young Zionist leader, Issac Zuckerman, had already been mobilizing the youngsters in the youth group that he led. Isaac's Army tells how the Jewish Resistance Force held out until the war's end and compellingly recreates a desperate time in Polish history, marked by the perseverance and heroism of those who battled to drive the Nazis from their city.
Memorial Volumes to Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust
A Bibliography of British Library Holdings
Written in Hebrew or Yiddish and sometimes in both, memorial or Yizkor books commemorate the Eastern European Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust. This volume records the British Library’s holding of 306 volumes commemorating 290 communities. No jacket.