This landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history: how and why did the Holocaust happen?
Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Now, in his magnum opus, he combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals the inner machinations of the Nazi state and shows how there was no single decision to start the Holocaust; instead, a series of escalations cumulatively created the horror.
Through a chronological, intensely gripping narrative featuring the latest historical research and enthralling eyewitness testimony, this is the compelling story of humanity's lowest point.
©2017 Laurence Rees (P)2017 Penguin
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"History Repeats Itself ?"
As I enjoy history books, there isn't anything in particular I dislike about the book. It is a timely reminder of how human beings can allow themselves to believe demagoguery when they benefit from it at someone else's expense ( Jews, Poles, everyone not considered racially superior). It is an extremely well researched book, with accounts from individuals who were there. Even though everyone knows about the extermination of European Jewry, the level of Nazi anti Jewish sentiment made me feel physically sick. The level of collusion
To formulate extermination very frightening indeed. In current times we need to remember for evil to succeed all it takes is people doing nothing.
"Holocaust - A masterly telling"
One of the finest audio history books I have listened to. Totally engaging. A clear and measured account of the darkest error of western European history.
This does not really apply. The whole book is a highlight.
Mr Keeble is a masterly narrater. Vocally clear and engaged with the text, a model of the professional readers art. Quotes from holocaust survivors are read with character, without a trace of caricature.
No. The text is too long and the subject matter means that I for one needed some respite.
"Gripping and fascinating read."
Lawrence Rees has written an incredible poignant, moving, insightful book detailing a new history of the holocaust thats maps out if existence and those who participated and suffered at the hands of it. I was gripped from start to finish. 5 Stars...It is also superbly read by Jonathan Keeble who adds the right tone and voice to the subject matter.
Amazing. Terrifying. An insight like none I've read or watched before.
The narrator is, I feel, a good choice. He brings a level of intensity and care to a telling of this history that is respectful.
The book itself is well paced, indepth and compelling to listen to.
The author presents the research, backed up by citing documents and interviews, in a chronological way. He gives his opinions and shows why he came to those conclusions.
If you want a broader (in the sensw that it covers a larger time scale) knowledge of the acts that took place in this dark area of our recent history, that is also full of detail this is definitely a good book to try
"A Harrowing But Necessary Listen"
I cannot imagine how the author must have felt whilst researching this book .Merely listening to it made me feel nauseous and almost ashamed to be human.
Rees has carefully researched this dark period of European history, and it is important for all of us to beware of ideologies which demonise those who are different from ourselves and to promote tolerance so that nothing like this could ever happen again.
Jonathan Keeble's clear and serious narration was appropriate for this audiobook.
"An education into a barbaric history"
Never forgetting the events that took place. A lot of facts to take in so probably best to listen to whilst not at work like myself. Very well told.
JK is probably the best narrator in audible and i am drawn to books he covers as i find him an easy listen - he does a first class job here as did the author who's strength in assembling material is astounding . . at points i had to stop listening as the content is so dark and shows the depths of depravity to which the human mind can sink . but i also felt an obligation to get through the book as my modem sacrifice does not even scratch the surface of the suffering of millions for the sake of the deviant ideology .
"Best History of this Awful Time"
Well written and well read, this history feels authentic. It draws on many surviving victims of the Nazi killing machine and, even with its brilliantly drawn vignettes, it still leaves one trying to understand why educated, civilised (in their own view, at least) men and women became mass murderers and even went so far as to torture those selected to die.
I believe the story of man's descent into evil should always be told both to try to stop such atrocities, but also to allow the brace and righteous people who stood holding a flickering candle of hope and those whose lives had hardly begun before being dashed and trampled by jackboots, live again in our minds.
This book sheds new light on the subject and I found it gripping from start to finish.
"amazing, interesting and moving"
I have read many Holocaust books, testomonies and academic works but this combines both in a very new and informative way.
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