The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum / Edition 2

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Overview

"The World Must Know by Michael Berenbaum is a skillfully organized and clearly told account of the German Holocaust that consumed, with unparalleled malevolence, six million Jews and millions of innocent others—Protestants, Catholics, Poles, Russians, Gypsies, the handicapped, and so many others, adults and children. This important book, a vital guide through the unique corridors of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., merits the widest of audiences."—Chaim Potok, author of The Chosen and The Promise

The World Must Know documents the compelling human stories of the Holocaust as told in the renowned permanent exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Drawing on the museum's extensive collection of artifacts, archives, and eyewitness testimonies, and augmented with more than two hundred period photographs, this book serves as an enduring reminder of the moral obligations of societies and individuals.

This revised edition is enhanced with new insights and updates based on archival information that had been inaccessible to researchers until after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communist regimes of Eastern and Central Europe. It includes new photographs, redrawn charts, a new section on the Holocaust in Greece, an updated bibliography, and a new foreword by the museum director.

Published on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Johns Hopkins University Press

Beginning with the rise of Nazism, this book depicts the evolution of the Holocaust as it is portrayed in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum--a living memorial that tells the story the world must know. The Washington, D.C., museum's opening ceremony is scheduled for April 22, 1993, the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. 226 photographs, 40 in full color.

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Chronicle
A comprehensive coverage from before the war till the arrival of survivors in America... The book is excellent.
California Bookwatch
An outstanding memorial propelling its images beyond museum walls.
Canadian Jewish News
The photographs scattered throughout The World Must Know are sharp and clear and usually chilling... a book worthy of any good library.

— Sheldon Kirshner

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
An excellent introduction to the Holocaust... It belongs in all public, academic, school, and synagogue libraries.

— Barbara M. Bibel

Canadian Jewish News - Sheldon Kirshner
The photographs scattered throughout The World Must Know are sharp and clear and usually chilling... a book worthy of any good library.
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter - Barbara M. Bibel
An excellent introduction to the Holocaust... It belongs in all public, academic, school, and synagogue libraries.
Library Journal
To mark the occasion of the April 1993 opening of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Berenbaum, museum project director, has written a lucid, sweeping, but not superficial historical overview of the Holocaust. Replacing a typical museum catalog, which ordinarily lauds its museum's artifacts, this book uses them to tell the awful story to which the institution is dedicated. Utilizing the museum's photographs, oral histories, and other documents, Berenbaum synthesizes an enormous quantity of material, organizing it coherently to show the gradual evolution of the war against the Jews from the perspectives of the victims, perpetrators, and bystanders, while dealing with the fundamental themes of the Jewish experience. Visually evocative and unsettling, the book, supplemented with a useful bibliography, is an excellent choice for those who are not well acquainted with the subject or who need a concise synopsis; it will inspire readers to visit the museum and will enhance the experience of those who do.-- Benny Kraut, Univ. of Cincinnati
Library Journal
Berenbaum (False Papers: Deception and Survival in the Holocaust) has served as president of Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and is the former project director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which opened in Washington, DC, in 1993, when the first edition of this book was published. That edition was a clear, informative, and artfully produced companion to the exhibits in the museum and an accessible introduction to the subject for both students and lay readers alike. This edition includes new research obtained from the former Iron Curtain countries after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, an added section on the Holocaust in Greece, new photographs and charts, and an updated bibliography that includes recent landmark works but indicates no web sites other than the museum's. This edition also addresses questions raised in our own times, such as why Auschwitz was not bombed. Most libraries should own this updated volume. Highly recommended.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
Berenbaum (entomology, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) profiles 99 creatures for the general reader. Emphasis is on insect biology rather than control. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883583
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 204,149
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.66 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Berenbaum has served as president of Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, as deputy director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust, and as project director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author of A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors (Bulfinch, 2003).

Johns Hopkins University Press

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