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The Holocaust


After Such Knowledge - Memory, History and the Legacy of the Holocaust, by Eva Hoffman.
A series of contemplative essays on the Holocaust and the responsibility of the 'second generation' to preserve the legacy they have inherited from their relatives who survived the horrors of the Shoah.

The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945, by Steven B. Bowman.
Detailing the vicissitudes of those Jews who held Greek citizenship during the interwar and wartime periods, and the fate of Greek Jews during the Holocaust.

All But My Life, By Gerda Weissmann Klein.
This is Gerda Weissmann's memoir of the six years she spent under Nazi tyranny, during which she spent three years in Nazi forced labor camp. This story also recounts her liberation and her meeting with Kurt Klein, the young man who was to become her husband. All But My Life is a horrific and heart wrenching story, yet it is also surprising uplifting. It is a classic of Holocaust literature.

All Or Nothing: The Axis and the Holocaust, 1941-43, By Jonathan Steinberg.
An astute overview of how Nazi German and Fascist Italy differed in their treatment toward the Jews. Steinberg also examines what motivated some Italians to protect the Jews, while their German colleagues actively participated in the murders of the Jews.

Auschwitz: A New History, by Laurence Rees.
A sweeping history Auschwitz, the notorious death camp. This account includes information garnered from more than a hundred interviews that Rees conducted with both camp survivors and Nazi perpetrators.

The Fascism Reader, Edited by Aristotle A. Kallis.
This book contains 48 excerpts from the vast body of scholarly works on the subject of European Fascism.

Given Up For Dead, by Flint Whitlock.
The history of the mostly Jewish 'American GI's in the Nazi Concentration Camp at Berga'.

The Holocaust, By Martin Gilbert.
In this classic work of Holocaust literature, Martin Gilbert chronicles the near destruction of European Jewry at the hands of the Nazi death machine. Following a chronologically driven format, Gilbert deftly interweaves mind numbing statistics with eyewitness accounts to tell the story of what happened during the Holocaust, and how and why these events occurred.

IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation, By Edwin Black.
A compelling look at IBM's collaboration with Nazi Germany, and the impact which it had upon the course of the war, and more importantly, on the Holocaust.

The Minsk Ghetto, 1941-1943: Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism, by Barbara Epstein.
A detailed history of the Minsk Ghetto and the Jewish underground movement that grew out of it.

Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans, by Eric A. Johnson
In this controversial book, Johnson looks at the role that the Gestapo, and Ordinary Germans, had in the mass murder of Jews during World War II.

Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, by Roger Cohen.
The unforgettable story of the 350 mostly Jewish, American POWs, captured during the Battle of the Bulge, who were sent to the Nazi Concentration of Camp at Berga where they were forced to work as slave laborers.

War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, by Doris L. Bergen.
A brief, yet a detailed overview of the Holocaust, its causes, and its consequences. In addition to an analysis of the Nazi's quest to exterminate the Jews of Europe, this book also looks at other groups targeted for extermination by the Nazis including the disabled, Gypsies, communist, and others labeled as undesirable.

What We Knew - Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany, by Eric A. Johnson and Karl-Heinz Reuband .
Excerpts from forty interviews with Jewish survivors, and 'average' Germans who lived in Nazi Germany. Includes an analysis, by the authors, on what the average German knew about the Nazi atrocities that were taking place during World War II.


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