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The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War [Hardcover]

Martin Gilbert
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Jan 1986
This is a very thorough account of the experience of the Jews of Europe during World War II. It is virtually a day-by-day account, in men and women's own words, of the horrifying events of the Holocaust - the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jewish race.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (Jan 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030624169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030624162
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.8 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating work that overwhelms us with its truth . . . This book must be read and reread." --Elie Wiesel, "Chicago Tribune" "A classic story . . . Indispensable for the material it contains, for the soundness of its scholarship, and for Gilbert's ability to narrate and present this history in a style that bears the weight of the subject matter." --"The Christian Science Monitor" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A HISTORY OF THE JEWS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

"No cloacal imagery, no savage indignation, and no elaborate interpretation will ever capture the nauseating realities of the Holocaust more exactly than this masterpiece of the chronicler's craft"
PIERS BRENDON, 'The Times'

"This tome is an archivist's Kaddish, the never-to-be-silenced act of remembrance and prayer for the dead"
GEORGE STEINER, 'Sunday Times'

"He has done more than any historian for those who are forever silent. One reads his book with bleeding eyes"
NORA LEVIN, 'KRA'

"By far the most painful book I have ever read or am ever likely to read"
GERALD KAUFMAN, 'Manchester Evening News'

"Likely to remain the standard history of the Holocaust"
CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN, 'Observer'

"Meticulously documented"
GEOFFREY BEST, 'Guardian'

"Heartbreaking"
LORD BELOFF, 'Daily Telegraph'

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book provides an extremely detailed and, as a result, shocking account of Nazi Germany's attempt to erradicate European Jewry. Gilbert focuses on the facts, describing one senseless attrocity after another, and allows the reader to make his/her own judgements about the people who committed such atrocities. By including authentic material, such as excerpts from diaries of victims, Gilbert gives us an insight into the lives of the victims as the terror increases and death becomes a part of daily life. Cold statistics like 6 million can be difficult to comprehend but Gilbert brings the truth home - the sheer, tragic waste of individual human lives. This book should be compulsive reading for anyone who feels the Holocaust is a mere 'detail' of history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the horrors behind the holocaust 23 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
this book is quite horrific but its a must for anyone interested in the holocuast and what went on before and during the slaughter of the jews, and other groups the nazis deemed undesirable.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A catalogue of tragedy, hatred and hope 17 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Martin Gilbert has undertaken a harrowing task: systematically to record the attempted annihilation of Judaism in Europe during the Nazi regime. The seemingly endless lists of thousands killed are interjected with stories of great tragedy and occasional hope and warmth. It is ultimately, however, a catalogue of the evil than humans can inflict on other humans. It is book that must be read, as the Holocaust is a tragedy that must be remembered.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential. 8 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book has affected me more than any other I have read. Graphic yet objective it chronicles the evil of Nazism and the Holocaust from the first initial pogroms to the unfathomable horror of the death marches. This book violated, exhausted and appalled me and yet I feelt obligated to finish.

As a book about humanity it is essential. Understanding that mankind has such capacity for cruellty, such barbarity on such a mass scale. Martin Gillbert has covered everything humanly possible in order that we know on how large a scale these murders happened, that the Nazis alone are not culpable for the entire evil, that the Holocaust was humanity's worst crime.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By C. Ball TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is one of the most horrific books I have ever read, because it's true. The passage of time generally removes much of the emotion from history, but not with the Holocaust and not with this book. I found myself in tears within ten pages and pretty much cried my way through its entirety. It left me shaken and disturbed, as it should.
If you want to really feel what the Holocaust was like, to see snapshots from lives, to experience the sheer inhumanity and horror of the Nazi death-camps, to see what human beings are really capable of, read this book. I guarantee it will haunt you for the rest of your life.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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This book is the ultimate guide to the Holocaust. Everyone should read this book from cover to cover over and over again. Martin Gilbert transports you to the terrifying world of the European Jews, allowing you to experience the horror and heartbreak firsthand. I defy anyone to read this book and not cry at the unbelievable pain one person can inflict on another. This book should be part of every schools curriculum as well as an essential part of every household the world over.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Account 23 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Martin Gilbert is an acknowledged expert on the Second World War and this is the definitive work on the harrowing subject of the Holocaust. Meticulously researched and full of horrifying statistics, this atrocious period of history is given the human touch by the inclusion of individual stories of many brave Jews and equally courageous Gentiles who sheltered them at the risk of losing their own lives. Thus, the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis are personified, making the reading even more painful. I defy anyone to read the story of Mala and Edek, for example, without crying.
I found this book extremely disturbing but riveting at the same time; I simply could not put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 18 Dec 2009
By Mandy
Format:Paperback
This book touched me in a way no other book has ever done. This is a period in history that should never be forgotten, and books like this help to ensure that will never happen.

My heart was breaking as I was reading this book, and the use of photographs in the book, along with the narrative really hammered home the true horror and brutality of the Nazi's treatment of the Jewish population.

It is a really big read, but well worth it. A truly heartbreaking but inspiring read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The holocaust
Very well researched book as you would expect from Martin Gilbert. The figures of people murdered by the Germans are astonishing and become sickening with their repetition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tillydog
5.0 out of 5 stars Before I read this book, I thought myself reasonably ...
Before I read this book, I thought myself reasonably well-informed about the Holocaust. Now I know I hadn't even skimmed the surface. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet F.
5.0 out of 5 stars yet again brilliant read. if you could call it that
i bouhgt this in hardback, when first published...have just reread ,yet again brilliant read.if you could call it that. a horrific time . i hope history never repeats itself.
Published 3 months ago by peter tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
After visiting Auschwitz this year this book summarizes everything that we saw and the terrible horrors inflicted on the jewish people of Europe during the second world war. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mel Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive book detailing the Holocaust
The saddest most harrowing book I have ever read. When selecting 5 stars it comes up that "I loved it" ... No I didn't "love it" I was shocked.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mr mark p phillips
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable Jewish sources
This book almost exclusively cites unreliable Jewish sources. It would have been better to use internal German documents, diplomatic cables, non-Jewish sources, etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zero
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim Read
After visiting Auschwitz last year I have read a variety of books relating to the Jewish persecution and their existence in the concentration camps. Read more
Published 5 months ago by HelenW
4.0 out of 5 stars I will never need to read another book on the holocaust
Harrowing book. This book details not only the mass murders carried out by the Nazis but also many detailed accounts of the individual deaths of men women and children. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John The Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive account of the holocaust
This book gives a very detailed and definitive account of the holocaust. A lot of data but also many personal stories of the darkest chapter in human history.
Published 8 months ago by G. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book
Gilbert's book is an exceptional testament to the Shoah and without doubt an important work that documents precisely the destruction of the European Jews by Nazi ideology.
Published 8 months ago by Michael Costello
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