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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2003

    An invaluable contribution to the literature of the Shoah

    There is one feature of this work which I think deserves special mention.Gilbert goes out of his way to tell the stories of individuals who are not mentioned in general histories ordinarily. He gives them name, identity, and story and therefore ideally a place in the collective memory. This is another important work by one of the great historians of the Second World War period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Should be read by everyone

    Very hard to read by must be read to remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    The Ninth Ring of Hell

    The literature of the Holocaust is voluminous- an overwhelming array of titles dealing with everything from individual survivor memoirs to camp histories to Nazi doctors and more. All of which are necessary documents to ensure that the greatest evil of the 20th century is not forgotten. However, as a single attempt to describe the terrifying extent of the Holocaust, Gilbert's work stands out as a most definitive source, particularly as it deftly blends the entire sweeep of the Final Solution with individual names and stories of both survival and oblivion. The numbers are staggering, unbelievable, surreal- but Gilbert makes the nightmare come true by giving these statistics individual names and faces. This is a very hard book to read, as it is remorsefully relentless in capturing all the aspects of the Holocaust- from it ideologic origins, to the initial detention camps, the mass shootings, and the eventual death camps and subsequent death marches as the war drew to a close. I've only been able to read a few chapters at most at any one sitting, simply because of the numbing effect of the realities described- it is physically hard to go on reading, without taking a break to reflect on what goodness there is in this life- as after reading 'Holocaust' one is left to wonder what that goodness would be. This book is a scholarly document, exhaustively referenced, and a lasting testimony to the reality of the Holocaust. It has been said that those who question the historical accuracy of the Holocaust cannot be correct if only for the reason that, had it really not happened, no one could possibly find in their wildest imagination events as unbelievable and so completely evil as what actually did occur. The Holocaust goes beyond Dante: and Gilbert describes the Ninth Ring of Hell with painstaking attention to even the smallest historical detail. Highly recommended for any scholar of the Holocaust, and perhaps even required reading for mankind.

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    Posted February 28, 2009

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