Yablonka (Jewish history, Ben-Gurion U. of the Negev) believes that a more extensive study is required to understand the integration of Holocaust survivors into Israeli society, and that Eichmann's 1961 trial for crimes against Jews during World War II constituted a turning point in their social and cultural status in Israel. The Hebrew original, M
The author . . . has built knowledge into artistic fiction. --The New York Times Book ReviewElisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long wait for morning and death provides Dawn, Elie Wiesel's ever more timely novel, with its harrowingly taut, hour-by-hour narrative. Caught between the manifold horrors of the past and the troubling dilemmas of the present, Elisha wrestles with guilt, ghosts, and ultimately God as he waits for the appointed hour and his act of assassination. Dawn is an eloquent meditation on the compromises, justifications, and sacrifices that human beings make when they murder other human beings.
Six million Jews died in Europe, and the Holocaust lives on in the minds of those individuals who survived the worst genocide the world has ever known.One, by One, by One is a masterwork—a stark and haunting exploration of how people rationalize history, how rationalization gives birth to lies, how the victims are blamed, and history's horrors are forgotten.
Carol Ann Lee's impeccably researched portrait The Hidden Life of Otto Frank brings into sharp focus every facet of the extraordinary life, both charmed and cursed, of Otto Frank, the father of the most famous young girl of the twentieth century, Anne Frank. The publication of his daughter's diary, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, turned this quietly heroic man into a legend, but little until now has been known regarding the intimacies of Frank's life.In this scholarly and definitive biography, Carol Ann Lee, author of the critically acclaimed Roses from the Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank, provides the answer to one of the most heartbreaking and bewildering questions of modern times: Who betrayed Otto Frank and his family to the Nazis? Investigating this startling act of treachery and deceit, Lee brings to light never-before-documented information about Otto Frank and Tonny Ahlers, the individual who would ultimately claim responsibility for the betrayal-and their terrifying and complicated relationship that continued until the day Frank died. Otto Frank, born one month before Adolf Hitler, was raised in a wealthy German Jewish household that was a model of European Jewry. In World War I Frank proudly fought for Germany-which he believed to be his homeland--as an officer in the trenches of the Somme. In The Hidden Life of Otto Frank Lee documents these privileged early years, plus the happy years that Frank spent with his wife and daughters in Amsterdam before the onset of World War II. Then came their period in hiding, their eventual betrayal, and their internment in the death camps of Poland and Germany. For the first time ever, Otto Frank's experiences of life during and after Auschwitz-and during his return to Amsterdam, where, wholly destitute, he lost everything "except life"--are told in full detail. The subsequent discovery of his daughter Anne's diary and its publication is what literally helped Frank regain the dignity and strength to live his life. Deeply moving and powerfully honest, The Hidden Life of Otto Frank illuminates the complex personality of a brave, little-understood man whose story encompasses some of the most harrowing and memorable events of the last century.
This groundbreaking international bestseller lays to rest many myths about the Holocaust: that Germans were ignorant of the mass destruction of Jews, that the killers were all SS men, and that those who slaughtered Jews did so reluctantly. Hitler's Willing Executioners provides conclusive evidence that the extermination of European Jewry engaged the energies and enthusiasm of tens of thousands of ordinary Germans. Goldhagen reconstructs the climate of eliminationist anti-Semitism that made Hitler's pursuit of his genocidal goals possible and the radical persecution of the Jews during the 1930s popular. Drawing on a wealth of unused archival materials, principally the testimony of the killers themselves, Goldhagen takes us into the killing fields where Germans voluntarily hunted Jews like animals, tortured them wantonly, and then posed cheerfully for snapshots with their victims. From mobile killing units, to the camps, to the death marches, Goldhagen shows how ordinary Germans, nurtured in a society where Jews were seen as unalterable evil and dangerous, willingly followed their beliefs to their logical conclusion.
Hitler's Willing Executioner's is an original, indeed brilliant contribution to the...literature on the Holocaust.--New York Review of Books
The most important book ever published about the Holocaust...Eloquently written, meticulously documented, impassioned...A model of moral and scholarly integrity.--Philadelphia Inquirer
Jack and Rochelle Sutin first met at a dance before the war. When they meet again, in the winter of 1942, they are fellow fighters in the Jewish resistance against Nazism, and a romance develops between them. This is the story of their survival and how they reached the US.
A New Translation From The French By Marion WieselNight is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but in fact many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. In Defiance, Nechama Tec offers a riveting history of one such group, a forest community in western Belorussia that would number more than 1,200 Jews by 1944--the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II.Tec reveals that this extraordinary community included both men and women, some with weapons, but mostly unarmed, ranging from infants to the elderly. She reconstructs for the first time the amazing details of how these partisans and their families--hungry, exposed to the harsh winter weather--managed not only to survive, but to offer protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Arguing that this success would have been unthinkable without the vision of one man, Tec offers penetrating insight into the group's commander, Tuvia Bielski. Tec brings to light the untold story of Bielski's struggle as a partisan who lost his parents, wife, and two brothers to the Nazis, yet never wavered in his conviction that it was more important to save one Jew than to kill twenty Germans. She shows how, under Bielski's guidance, the partisans smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, scouted the roads for fugitives, and led retaliatory raids against Belorussian peasants who collaborated with the Nazis. Herself a Holocaust survivor, Nechama Tec here draws on wide-ranging research and never before published interviews with surviving partisans--including Tuvia Bielski himself--to reconstruct here the poignant and unforgettable story of those who chose to fight.