DK's signature editorial aesthetic, combined with the searing testimony of Holocaust survivors collected by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute of Visual History and Education, makes for a sobering and visually compelling work of history. An extraordinary array of materials-Nazi propaganda, documentary photos, artwork, artifacts-are employed in the service of a broadly sweeping chronicle, beginning with Jewish exile from Jerusalem in 70 CE after Roman occupation and ending with modern-day Holocaust denial and the creation of memorials around the world. Each chapter includes a two-page spread entitled "Voices," devoted largely to excerpts from 23 interviews in the Foundation's video archives (an accompanying 40-minute DVD contains the actual interviews). One survivor recalls the horror of being herded onto dark, overcrowded trains en route to Auschwitz; another describes how her mother told her about "every book she ever read, every movie she'd ever seen" as they hid in a grave-like hole under a pigsty. Wood's prose is economical and reportorial, and she clearly wants to reclaim the individuality and humanity of those devastated by this enormity ("In many ways, numbers, especially very large numbers, mean nothing to us. What matters is each and every human being who was murdered by the Nazis") and she never resorts to lecturing readers on how they should feel. The book's detailed charts and maps contain almost too much information at times, often demanding very close scrutiny to fully decipher. Overall, however, the visual sensitivity and expert pacing serves this vital subject very well. Ages 11-up. (July)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Holocaustby Angela Gluck Wood, Dan Stone (Contribution by), Dan G. Stone
Explaining the complex political and social backdrop that allowed the Holocaust to occur, as well as its progression and aftermath, this comprehensive volume contains first-hand testimony from survivors and enables readers to appreciate the impact of the Holocaust on real people and the lives they and their families have rebuilt today.
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This book is packed with information. So very interesting! Some of which was too technical to follow for me (the maps of camps, etc). I learned a lot and was reminded of many events. This was a good read that I read from cover to cover although it is possible to read in stages or small increments of time. The photos are compelling and the first hand recollections make the holocaust so real and such a human experience. I would recommend this book to anyone with interest in the Holocaust. It is a great tool for bringing to life a horrific time in history. I will share this with my children as they study world history. It has become a conversation starter when guests pick it up to flip through. Enjoy!