on 31 August 2012
This is one of the better books on what can be a horrific subject. Voices from the Holocaust is unique in that it does give the thoughts of those who were responsible and it is frightening to realise that the people who were responsible could see no wrong in what the camps were designed for - the mass slaughter of human beings. It also gives an insight into how the Jews and of course other people regarded the system who were sent to the camps for no better reason than that they were either different in some way or of an ethnic minority. However, we must not just think or believe that the Nazis were the only ones to carry out crimes against humanity - unfortunately the 20th Century is full of such incidents and the 21st Century may not turn out much better. It is for us to teach our children that difference is to be celebrated and not persecuted
on 25 January 2014
A very powerful and moving book. The accounts of eyewitnesses and victims are harrowing and unforgettable. Historical accounts, of necessity, can only give extracts of such testimonies.Here, we read them at length and are all the more agonising to read. The descriptions of violence left me thunderstruck. Most appalling of all for me, however, was the listing of the numbers of Jews murdered in various places in Eastern Europe, following the invasion of Russia, presented by Heydrich at the Wansee Conference. The cold, businesslike accounts of these horrific crimes I found unbearable to read after a short while. If I have a criticism of this book, it is that it it does not list the numbers of non-jews murdered in the Holocaust, which would give an even more complete picture of this vile atrocity. To conclude: the final chapter of the book deals with the trial and execution of leading Nazis at Nuremburg. Six million Jews were murdered, yet less than twenty deaths of Nazi war criminals are recorded here. I finished the book feeling very angry, very sad and aghast that similar massacres, albeit on smaller scale, have happened since.