A Living Testimony
Fifty-five years after the end of World War II, the Holocaust continues to cast a dark shadow. For the past two decades, the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University has sought to preserve the human side of this inhuman era by videotaping testimonies from those who lived through the Nazi regime, a project that has led to an acclaimed documentary film and this extraordinary book.
The Wall Street Journal called the documentary "eloquent and unsparing," and Daily Variety said it was "a staggeringly powerful record." The Washington Times said that Witness "gives new meaning to the term documentary. [It is] as pure a document as I have ever seen on television."
In Witness: Voices from the Holocaust, Joshua M. Greene and Shiva Kumar weave a single and compelling narrative from the first-person accounts of twenty-seven witnesses, including camp survivors, American military personnel, a member of the Hitler Youth, a Jesuit priest, and resistance fighters. The vivid and detailed memories of these witnesses testify to the continuing impact of this human catastrophe, and their impassioned words lend immediacy to events that resonate to this day.
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About the Author
Joshua M. Greene produces books and films of personal narrative. His award-winning films have aired on PBS, HBO, the Disney Channel, and stations in twenty countries. He lives in Old Westbury, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"The rats were standing and eating the (dead) people's faces-eating, you know, they were having a." This is what Hanna F. remembers from her experience at concentration camp, among other things. This book told the stories of several Jews, including Hanna, in their own words. The emotion, the anger, the fear, the guilt is all here, jumping off the pages. These people made me realize what damage the Holocaust did to them. Permanent damage that they have to deal with every day. "Sometime, you know what? I wish to be dead too." says Perla K., crying. "I wish to be dead. Because I can't anymore cope with this thing." It was hard for several of these people to even tell their stories because they felt no one cared to listen. How would you feel if you thought no one cared to listen? Several parts of this book were just so shocking and unbelievable. I admit to being repulsed a few times with the vivid descriptions of the horrors. One in particular, was of what Werner R. remembered of the aftermath of his death march, "I know, for instance, some people who managed to get hold of these rubber boots, they had the boots removed, and they removed the toes as well because they froze in this rubber stuff." When Werner arrived at Mauthausen after marching, there were only a few hundred prisoners left of the 5 to 10 thousand they began with. Can you believe that? I'm positive no one can fathom how awful it was to see thousands of Jews; friends, relatives, neighbors, fellow barrack members be killed. But they couldn't react because they had to go on. Someone would be shot next to them and they had to go on. There is no one author of this book. There are twenty-seven. Twenty-seven Jews who experienced the Holocaust and are sharing their stories in one place. I believe they want people to understand how awful it was so that it is never repeated. They want our generation to learn from their experiences and to understand that no one wants to feel, or can feel what they do. Martin S. says, "When I see these hijackings and the brutality with which they kill people, I say to myself, "What's new? It's never going to change." If you want first-hand accounts of the Holocaust, read this book. You must be patient, and wait for the stories, which are pieced together to form one, to unfold. But when they do, I believe you will get something out of this book.