The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures

The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures

by John Roth, K. Rickus, Robert Ashley Michael, Russel Lemmons

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The words will do, but the pictures are the point in this hefty and impressive reference work about the systematic murder of six million Jews. It differs from other such works in its inclusion of more than 2,000 color and black-and-white photographs from archives and private collections, and in its format: designed to highlight the photos while a timeline across the bottom of each page provides a running chronology of Holocaust-related events from 1933 to 1946. The top two-thirds of the page present two or three photographs with informative captions; the text was written by a team of historians. The result is a comprehensive account that documents a wide range of events from the hanging of five Poles in Krak w for "aiding Jews" to the deportation of 700 Jews from Milan to Auschwitz and the Spanish government's diplomatic rescue of 365 Greek Jews from Belsen. The arresting objects, people and locations depicted include a wooden pin made by a Bergen-Belsen inmate; a Polish Jehovah's Witness who survived the Stutthof labor camp; and a cramped Amsterdam basement where two Dutch Jews hid for most of the war. A substantial prologue considers the "Roots of the Holocaust" in earlier history; an epilogue describes the "Aftermath," including the founding of the state of Israel, the continuing hunt for surviving war criminals and the recent controversies over Pope Pius XII. As a source of information, this work can't rival the multivolume Encyclopedia of the Holocaust--nor does it mean to do so. Instead, it aims to introduce readers familiar with the Holocaust to a broader range of data, and to a startling set of indelible images. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Published as a nonprofit project, this ambitious attempt to create a comprehensive account of the Holocaust is a product of the collaborative efforts of several historians. Covering the years 1933-1946, the book is organized chronologically into sixteen chapters, beginning with "The Roots of the Holocaust," which offers an overview of the many complex issues that led to the Holocaust. The book concludes with "The Pursuit of Justice," which covers the Nuremberg Trials and the pursuit of war criminals at large. Another notable feature is a series of special sections throughout that address controversial issues such as the role of the Vatican. What sets this book apart from other reference works on the Holocaust are the two thousand black-and-white as well as color photographs and maps featured from archives and private collections. Accompanying this visual feast is text that should be accessible to most middle and high school readers. A further highlight of the volume is a time line that runs as a wide banner across the bottom of most pages. The bibliography, glossary, and index are well done and helpful for readers wishing to pursue further research. The Holocaust Chronicle is an excellent introduction to the subject for teen readers. Although it offers a good, comprehensive overview of the events and issues, it is by no means authoritative or definitive. This resource should not serve as a substitute for other outstanding reference works, such as the multivolume Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (Macmillan, 1995). With its reasonable price, this book is an excellent value and is highly recommended for schools and public library reference collections. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Chronology.Glossary. 2000, Publications International, 768p, Ages 12 to Adult. Reviewer: Ed Sullivan SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Containing hundreds of photos, this collaborative effort by over half a dozen historians is an ambitious attempt to create a comprehensive account of the Shoah suitable for a wide audience. The contents are organized chronologically in 16 chapters, from "Roots of the Holocaust" through "The Pursuit of Justice." A day-by-day time line appears on the bottom of each page, while the rest of the text combines images drawn from archives from around the world with textual explanations. Special sections, highlighted in yellow, often deal with the most controversial of issues, such as the role of the Vatican. One of the most difficult things to do in a book with so many illustrations is to integrate analysis with the visual imagery. In most cases, the authors succeed in contextualizing the people, the events, and their significance, meeting a relatively high standard of scholarship and narrative. However, the lack of a central theme, other than the Holocaust broadly defined, means that everything that can possibly relate is crammed in; readers would do best to examine the index for subjects of interest or to read randomly for information. The glossary and bibliography are well done. The product of a nonprofit venture, this book will be a welcome addition to all collections.--Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
At the not-for-profit price of six copies for $100 (including shipping), no library, school, religious institution, or bookstore has an excuse for not making available this portable Holocaust archive. A companion web site reinforces the message that the issues involved are ongoing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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