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Children's LiteratureIn Aftermath and Remembrance author David Downing closes his six-volume "World Almanac Library of the Holocaust" series with an examination of the legacies of those fearful events. The Holocaust claimed over six million Jewish lives and, as such, remains one of the darkest stains upon the annals of human history. In analyzing what some of the results of the Nazi's monstrous efforts were, Downing comes to some thoughtful conclusions. Of most immediate concern to the world's surviving Jews following World War II was the establishment of a homeland that would allow them to be safe from future persecution. Flowing directly from these concerns came the establishment of Israel in 1948. Another outcome of the Holocaust was a reexamination by Europeans of their various nations' roles in the catastrophe. The capture and prosecution of Nazi war criminals also stood out as a legacy of the Holocaust years. For many Holocaust survivors and their loved ones the greatest legacy of the war years was their inner turmoil, memories, and grief spawned by the terrible experiences they had experienced. Finally, by keeping the memory of the Holocaust and its millions of victims alive, modern scholars and docents strive to help avoid other such horrific outcomes in the future. Sadly, as the author of this profound book and series notes, despite such compassionate efforts, events in places such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, and Yugoslavia all point toward mankind's ongoing capacity for cruelty and genocide. In presenting this retrospective volume and the fine parent series of which it is a part, David Downing has done what he can as a writer to address this elemental moral issue in a thoughtful way. 2006,World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck