The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures

The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures

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

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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)
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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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The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always wondered how ordinary people could become mass murders and how so many people grew to hate one religion. This book answered alot of those questions. It has made me think seriously about what I am teaching my children in regards to tolerance even though I had thought I was doing a good job. The pictures have given me bad dreams at times from their honesty. Very moving indeed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, this hefty volume is not only distributed as not-for-profit, it also contains extensive information, especially with regard to the timeline of the destruction directly perpetrated by the Nazis and their comrades upon the Jews and other groups deemed as 'undesirables'. There are many other sources that record the Shoah in minute detail and in broad insubstantial swathes, but this chronicle forms a new and vital middle ground for introducing the Holocaust to the uninitiated, as well as producing an extensive review for those who have already done their homework. The volume weaves its magic utilizing raw factual written details, and compelling, if heart-wrenching visuals. Backed by solid evidence, innumerous personal accounts, accompanied by relevant photographs--many of which I had never before seen--the volume painfully pierces the heart with the horror, the individual terror, the raw reality and the incredible sorrow over so many lives annihilated by a human-made and manned machine of pure diabolical murder. This chronicle follows a timeline that succeeds in illuminating the easily forgettable events that foreshadow the mass slaughter of human lives. We often forget where the guilt emerges, blooms and terminates; and we often overlook the fact that with each new generation, there are fewer voices, fewer survivors left to speak. We need to bring the Shoah, the Holocaust into our homes. Our children, regardless of race or religion, need, must know what humanity is capable of, even in the name of righteousness, or more accurately, self-righteousness. This volume is quite extensive; I was really able to gain a grasp on the Holocaust's unfolding, while also discerning the complexities of the truth, propaganda, reluctance, fear, and murder intrinsic to World War II, and war as a whole. I cannot recommend this book *strongly* enough. I feel that every school, library, and home should be required to own it. It is comprehensive, but incredibly personal on an individual basis in its approach. It does not make 'moral' judgment calls; it does not need to, as the facts thunderously speak for themselves, reverberating straight through to the soul. Indeed, this is a 'must-have' for every single mortal upon this earth. We must remember what we are capable of, both virtuous and horrific, and we must pass this knowledge to the generations to come!
HistoryGeek More than 1 year ago
I am a junior high history teacher and I use this book every year. I show my kids how sick these people were to like only one type of person. This book helps me get through to them and I almost find myself in tears after skimming through it. This is a great book that is very informative. It tells you how the Holocaust started, the obstacles everyone went through, and the sad endings because of it. If you are a teacher or even if you are just interested in the Holocaust, this touching book will inspire you from beginning to end!
sadie_leona More than 1 year ago
If I could, I would carry this book everywhere. It is fantastic! I great compilation of everything that happened between 1933-1945, a a great summation of what is happening now! As a holocasut historian in training, this a something everyone should read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those desiring a comprehensive overview of this horrible act of social engineering this book is the best available. Atrocities are covered honestly page by page of day by day through each year of this outrage it provides. It provides an honest breakdown of the dead and each group the nazis acted against. Unfortunately there are a number of small flaws. Biggest is it omitts the outrages of the German courts both during and after the war. Not the case of Erik Charrel vs Ufa Film studio where Jews are deemed Legally Dead (Civil Death) for contractual purposes. Not the horrendous Airforce House Conference of 23 April 1941 where the Justices of Germany's Highest Courts met with Hitler's envoys Dr Karl Brandt and Philip Bouhler to discuss the euthenasia activities of T4 and deemed them perfectly legal. Not even the travesties of the infamous Volks Court are covered. Otherwise I would give it a perfect rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had bought this book because I was and still am, interested in the holocaust. I think this chronicle is graphic, and tragic, but very infromative. I reccomend it to anyone who wants to own a reference book on the holocaust.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a excellent book, they timelined it well, but I saw a couple grammatical errors. I highly recommend it. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is hard to say you love such a book, and easier to say why such a book is of great importance. The steps to lunacy took many years, and the feet that walked it just like you and I. Astonishment in the degree of cooperation between supposed men/women of integrity, countries of integrity and an idea that one race is superior to another is what strikes me at reading this chronicle. I want my children to know and to remember how mans inhumanity to man, and the idea of superiority over another led to mass destruction on a level that we cannot even fathom. How easy it is to blame another for your problems, how simple and small that seems. That small seed is planted, and if watered and nourished, how it can grow into a forrest of hate. This book cannot be loved, only needed.
Hardecanute 4 months ago
Excellent resource. A very large book with tons of pictures and information arranged chronologically. This is a must for anyone studying the Holocaust.
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I am not Jewish but saw this book and became immediately intrigued by its content. To see these faces and understand that there were real people with real lives while there were others who just felt it was their duty to wipe them off the face of the earth was almost too much to comprehend. This will sit on my coffee table to ensure that those who walk in my house realize that it was not just about a time in history, it was about people like ourselves who were thrust into a nightmare of which they had no idea how to wake up from! Everyone should have this book as a reminder how quickly and how easily this can and does occur.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this book in the bargain rack at Border's Bookstore today for $19.99 and it really caught my eye. Although I am aware of the Holocaust and the atrocities that occured back then, the detailed accounts and pictures included in this book just tugs your heart and brings tears to my ears thinking about those who lost their lives back then. If the Sept. 11 tragedy alone has deeply impacted us, how much more the mass killings of Jews and "undesirables" by the Nazi regime back then; it's sad that it went on for years before the world did anything about it. I cannot comprehend how something like that could have happened. The pictures are disheartening and painful to look at. I truly recommend it to everyone, if only to remind us of "the agony of the victims" and "make sure that another Holocaust never happens again."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Holocaust Chronicle, is one of the best books I have ever read. If you are a history fanatic or if you are just interested in all the thinking that went behind Hitler and the Gestapo. You should read this. It takes you all the way from the beginning right to the very end. It has many detailed pictures, to help you get an idea some of the most horrifying things that went on during this time. I think that all schools and libraries should carry this book. It was very educational and just all together great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing it just puts the saying a picture is worth a thousand words in perspective
Guest More than 1 year ago
so much for the fact-finders and editors credited--photo captions just plain distressingly wrong, which doesn't do much for scholarly standards or credibility