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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 10 up.
During the years of Nazi dominance in Germany and across much of Europe, many horrific actions occurred under the auspices of Hitler's political and military machinery. The invasion of neighbors, the annihilation of democracy, and the wastefulness of warfare all were primary features of the Nazi power structure. However, no series of actions undertaken by that vile regime can compare to the attempt to exterminate all Jews that has come to be referred to as the Holocaust. In this title in the illustrated "Timelines" series, Sean Sheehan tackles this perplexing and penultimate tragic subject in a way that will provide his readers with a good foundation for further study. Sheehan presents the Holocaust in a way that offers an overview of some of its primary elements and the individuals most responsible for them. In telling this sad story Sheehan does not skirt the horrible realities of the destruction of Europe's Jewish communities. Likewise, the author of this fine work offers insights into the nature of the leadership that blithely constructed a killing machine so efficient and bureaucratic that it almost beggars description. Finally, Sheehan tackles the subject of Nazi minions who attempted to defend their unspeakable actions by falling back on the fact that they were simply following orders. This is a powerful book laced with sometimes disturbing images and one that is worth perusing. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck