Holocaust

Holocaust

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by Gerald Green
     
 

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All too often, straight historical accounts of the Holocaust allow readers a certain detachment from the horrific events, policies, and processes that actually took place. Gerald Green's novel, Holocaust--based on his teleplay for the 1978 NBC miniseries--seeks to personalize the tragedy by putting faces on the real life tragedy and telling the story of two German…  See more details below

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All too often, straight historical accounts of the Holocaust allow readers a certain detachment from the horrific events, policies, and processes that actually took place. Gerald Green's novel, Holocaust--based on his teleplay for the 1978 NBC miniseries--seeks to personalize the tragedy by putting faces on the real life tragedy and telling the story of two German families whose lives intersect.

There are the Dorfs who are "good" Germans, loyal to the new Nazi regime, with whom their son Erik, a promising lawyer, finds his ambitions realized with the SS at the side of the ruthless Reynard Heydrich. Alternately, we have the Weiss family who are Jewish, also "good" Germans, but under the new regime they are doomed as it seeks to exterminate the Jewish population.

Green's story is told through first-person reminiscences of Erik Dorf, the ambitious SS officer, and the courageous young Jew, Rudi Weiss, who ran away as a young boy from his doomed family in an effort to fight the Nazis.

Green's story gives us characters that witness and/or participate in almost every significant experience of the Third Reich, detailing their personal thoughts and life experiences. He explores the delusional hope of those like Erik Dorf, the chilling efficiency of the SS, as well as the horrific reality of Kristallnacht, and the mass exterminations at Auschwitz. It is by keeping the book's narrative on a steady personal account that Green really gives us a first-hand glimpse into every aspect of this monumental human tragedy.

By writing in this narrative format, Green succeeds in showing the reader the extraordinary choices that all Germans were forced to make on a daily basis and the unimaginable consequences and tragedy if they were wrong.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gerald Green was one of the first news writers at the NBC television network and was a member of the Today show when Dave Garroway was host. In 1950, Green published his first novel, His Majesty O'Keefe, co-written with Lawrence Klingman. But it was not until 1956 with the publication of his book The Last Angry Man that Green firmly established himself as a real presence as a novelist, a book that was adapted for film (1959) and television (1974).

Green is also the author of The Sword and the Sun and The Hostage Heart. Green's long-time involvement with film and television resulted in his Emmy Award-winning teleplay for Holocaust.

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013927667
Publisher:
RosettaBooks
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
RosettaBooks into Film , #28
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
428,666
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Gerald Green was one of the first news writers at the NBC television network and was a member of the Today show when Dave Garroway was host. In 1950, Green published his first novel, His Majesty O'Keefe, co-written with Lawrence Klingman. But it was not until 1956 with the publication of his book The Last Angry Man that Green firmly established himself as a real presence as a novelist, a book that was adapted for film (1959) and television (1974).

Green is also the author of The Sword and the Sun and The Hostage Heart. Green's long-time involvement with film and television resulted in his Emmy Award-winning teleplay for Holocaust.

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HOLOCAUST 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sad but if you riely like this one try number the stars you wont put the book down you will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not read if you do not like swearing or bad language.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you would like to learn about the holocaust this is a great book to read. I am left grieving for the jewish people of that day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited a very long time to get this as an ebook. It was listed, but no longer available until recently. Well worth the persistence in trying and waiting. I saw the t.v. Drama over thirty years ago, and wanted to read the book. A combination of realistic fiction, (dialogue) and historical facts, it was a perfect execution of both the Jewish and Nazi perspectives of this time period in Europe. All the characters were fully portrayed, and details of the systematic German deceptions clearly laid out for the reader to understand just how they accomplished this uncomprehsible feat. I was so absorbed in this well crafted story, that sat up until the wee hours of the morning, turning pages. As I read it, I undstood how atrocities have been carried out in other places and other times to other groups. This is a very masterful, powerful story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me feel how lucky we are yet in America to have freedom of Religion. I read it with tears and I am not Jewish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im doing a book assignment on the holocaust. Would this be a good choice?
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