Nightmare in History: The Holocaust, 1933-1945

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Explains the roots of Nazi anti-Semitism by telling the long history of prejudice against the Jews. "Without relying on emotionalism, Chaikin provides a well-balanced, thoroughly researched account of unbelievably tragic happenings."--Booklist, starred

Traces the history of anti-Semitism from biblical times through the twelve years of the Nazi era, 1933-1945, and describes Hitler's plans to annihilate European Jews by focusing on the Warsaw Ghetto and the ...

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Overview

Explains the roots of Nazi anti-Semitism by telling the long history of prejudice against the Jews. "Without relying on emotionalism, Chaikin provides a well-balanced, thoroughly researched account of unbelievably tragic happenings."--Booklist, starred

Traces the history of anti-Semitism from biblical times through the twelve years of the Nazi era, 1933-1945, and describes Hitler's plans to annihilate European Jews by focusing on the Warsaw Ghetto and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Also discusses the continuing effort to remember the horrors of the Holocaust.

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Gr 7-10 A sober and somber chronology of a period in contemporary history that Chaikin appropriately labels a ``nightmare.'' The story of the havoc and tragedy caused by Hitler in 12 years is documented in relentless chronology that spares readers little. The book opens with a brief (necessarily simplified) history of anti-Semitism from the time of Jesus through the Middle Ages up to the 1917 Russian Revolution. Hitler's methods of making first Germany and then Europe ``Judenrein'' (free of Jews) by creating ghettos; the organized ``Aktions,'' a code word for using machine guns to shoot masses of people; and the death camps are graphically described. A series of short sentences effectively punctuate and underline the horror, but Chaikin's use of incomplete sentences and sentences that frequently begin with ``And'' or ``Or'' is somewhat disconcerting. The focus is not on how and why the world community allowed the nightmare to happen. For example, Neville Chamberlain's meeting with Hitler and the politics of appeasement are not described. The bibliography, which includes Meltzer's Never to Forget (Harper, 1976) , is designed to allow readers to fill in those gaps. What is hammered home is what happened to the Jews of Europe from 1933 through 1945, and what steps were taken after the war to deal with it. Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899194615
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/1/1987
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2003

    A HAVE TO READ! HIGHLY DETAILED & ACCURATE!

    I've checked this book out of my school library three times and still can't get enough of it! It gives accurate accounts of what went on in the ghettos, camps, and what happened after the war. Contains eye-witness accounts of survivors, entries from the diaries of the killed, and quotes from Himmler, der Fuehrer, Goebbels, and some of the SS. For the Holocaust buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    Great Information About the Holocaust

    This is a great book about the holocaust.It gives you the Halocaust from the eyes of the Jews and the criticized. If you would like to learn a lot about the Holocaust I suggest you read this book.

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