n June 1944, Freda Wineman and her family arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration and death camp. After a cursory look from an SS doctor, Freda's life was spared and her mother was sent to the gas chambers. Freda only survived because the Allies won the warthe Nazis ultimately wanted every Jew to die. Her mother was one of millions who lost their lives because of a racist regime that believed that some human beings simply did not deserve to livenot because of what they had done, but because of who they were.
Laurence Rees has spent twenty-five years meeting the survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. In this sweeping history, he combines this testimony with the latest academic research to investigate how history's greatest crime was possible. Rees argues that while hatred of the Jews was at the epicenter of Nazi thinking, we cannot fully understand the Holocaust without considering Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals that there was no single overarching blueprint for the Holocaust. Instead, a series of escalations compounded into the horror. Though Hitler was most responsible for what happened, the blame is widespread, Rees reminds us, and the effects are enduring.
The Holocaust: A New History is an accessible yet authoritative account of this terrible crime. A chronological, intensely readable narrative, this is a compelling exposition of humanity's darkest moment.
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About the Author
Laurence Rees is a former head of BBC TV History programs and creative director of BBC Television History. He is also the author of Auschwitz, which won History Book of the Year at the British Books Awards.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations ix
1 Origins of Hate 1
2 Birth of the Nazis (1919-1923) 14
3 From Revolution to Ballot Box (1924-1933) 29
4 Consolidating Power (1933-1934) 54
5 The Nuremberg Laws (1934-1935) 84
6 Education and Empire-Building (1935-1938) 94
7 Radicalization (1938-1939) 118
8 The Start of Racial War (1939-1940) 151
9 Persecution in the West (1940-1941) 179
10 War of Extermination (1941) 205
11 The Road to Wannsee (1941-1942) 241
12 Search and Kill (1942) 271
13 Nazi Death Camps in Poland (1942) 295
14 Killing, and Persuading Others to Help (1942-1943) 314
15 Oppression and Revolt (1943) 334
16 Auschwitz (1943-1944) 357
17 Hungarian Catastrophe (1944) 376
18 Murder to the End (1944-1945) 403