(Review by Honour, friend of Kris)
I bought this book second-hand and not through Amazon but I feel that this is an important book which needs to be reviewed on this popular website for those of us who still read books - Kindle or otherwise.
This book skilfully weaves a path between the overly academic and the shock horror "tabloid press" style of depicting events. Leaving aside the many photographs in the book for a moment, the text is masterful, giving a clear account of the Gestapo and the horrors of my own Continent over the period 1933-1945, and managing to make some sense of the complicated web of Nazi organisations. A very helpful technique he uses is the "box" of text within the main body of the book giving information on a particular subject.
And now to the photographs, which vary from portraits of various important figures to the horrific pictures we would expect from a book dealing with such an explosion of evil. For me, two photographs stand out, perhaps because they concentrate on a single individual and perhaps because they are relatively close to one another in the book. The first is the beautiful portrait Of Anne Frank, and the second is the picture of Soviet Resistance fighters being executed in Minsk. This latter picture depicts one of the Resistant Fighters about to be hung, and on her face is a complex expression which I can only describe as a "smile", though it has a tragic complexity which inspires one to always "resist" such cruelty to fellow human beings.
I am going to end this review here, saying that I deeply recommend this book as an accessible way in to a disturbing and terrible part of European history, praying that we never stop remembering it and taking steps to avoid falling into that morass of evil again.