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Children's Literature
In 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
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-These four volumes (part of a six-volume set) provide a highly readable and accessible introduction to the Holocaust. Clear, concise writing is coupled with text boxes, photographs, illustrations, and maps. Origins begins in 922 B.C. with a brief overview of Jewish history and the history of anti-Semitism, including the birth of Christianity, the European Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, World War I, the creation of the Nazi Party, and Hitler's rise to power. Genocide spans the outbreak of World War II until 1942, with information about the German invasions and occupations; the creation of the ghettos, camps, and gas chambers; and the Wannsee Conference. Fighting Back outlines why resistance was difficult and provides examples of Jews in hiding, righteous gentiles, partisans, and secret and open resistance movements. Aftermath describes the founding of the State of Israel, the Nuremberg Trials, the Eichmann trial, and the erection of memorials and monuments, as well as the vast impact that the Holocaust has had on world history and politics. While the information is well presented, it is unrealistic to expect libraries to buy six books when the same information can be found in equally accessible single volumes such as Barbara Rogasky's Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust (Holiday House, 2002) and Clive A. Lawton's The Story of the Holocaust (Watts, 2000).-Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836859485
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: World Almanac Library of the Holocaust
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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