The Resource Auschwitz : a new history, Laurence Rees

Auschwitz : a new history, Laurence Rees

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Auschwitz : a new history
Title
Auschwitz
Title remainder
a new history
Statement of responsibility
Laurence Rees
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Auschwitz-Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Yet its story is not fully known. In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail-from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred. Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Nazi leadership to prescribe Auschwitz as its primary site for the extinction of Europe's Jews-their "Final Solution." He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were driven not just by ideological inevitability but as a "practical" response to a war in the East that had begun to go wrong for Germany. A terrible immoral pragmatism characterizes many of the decisions that determined what happened at Auschwitz. Thus the story of the camp becomes a morality tale, too, in which evil is shown to proceed in a series of deft, almost noiseless incremental steps until it produces the overwhelming horror of the industrial scale slaughter that was inflicted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Insights gleaned from more than one hundred original interviews shed new light on history's most famous death camp, with the testimonies of survivors providing a detailed and chilling portrait of the camp's inner workings, in a companion volume to the PBS documentary
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rees, Laurence
Dewey number
940.53/1853858
Index
index present
LC call number
D805.5.A96
LC item number
R44 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Holocaust survivors
  • War criminals
Label
Auschwitz : a new history, Laurence Rees
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-312) and index
Contents
Surprising beginnings -- Orders and initiatives -- Factories of death -- Corruption -- Frenzied killing -- Liberation and retribution
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 327 p.
Isbn
9781586483036
Lccn
2004043196
Note
From the library of Dr. Daniel Stone.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2003165-01umb_inst
  • 1916263
  • (OCoLC)56671956
Label
Auschwitz : a new history, Laurence Rees
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-312) and index
Contents
Surprising beginnings -- Orders and initiatives -- Factories of death -- Corruption -- Frenzied killing -- Liberation and retribution
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 327 p.
Isbn
9781586483036
Lccn
2004043196
Note
From the library of Dr. Daniel Stone.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2003165-01umb_inst
  • 1916263
  • (OCoLC)56671956

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