Introducing the Holocaust: A Graphic Guide Paperback – 1 May 2000
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Who needs yet another book on the Holocaust? Sadly, most of us. The vast amount of serious research work on the Holocaust never reaches the general public, and our notions of it are at the mercy of distortion and myth. As a result, it is regarded as a horrific drama played out only between Nazi executioners and ghetto Jewish victims - in short, a single aberration of history. "Introducing the Holocaust" dissolves this stereotype and places the Holocaust where it belongs - at the centre of modern European and world history. If such an event is not to be repeated, it is crucial to understand that genocide is a constant widespread threat to world humanity, as our news media have made plain, from Cambodia yesterday to the former Yugoslavia today. With a trenchant text by Israeli film-maker and critic Haim Bresheeth and the distinguished writer and broadcaster Stuart Hood, this book provides a clear and forthright guide to the horrifying relevance of the Holocaust for readers today. It is powerfully illustrated by Litza Jansz.
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Haim Bresheeth is an Israeli filmmaker, photographer and a film studies scholar. Stuart Hood was a Scottish novelist, translator and a former British television producer and Controller of BBC Television. Litza Jansz has also illustrated Introducing Semiotics: A Graphic Guide.See all Product description
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Basically, it is a re-telling of the events that led up to the holocaust, and the holocaust itslef, with some artwork aswell.
The artwork I feel was added in order to give the book a " different " apperance, and as such it is perhpas targeted at a less accademic, or perhaps younger audience. I feel however that it is not needed or helpful, and if anything just provides an excuse for a lack of in depth text.
It is not a bad book, by any means- but it is not groundbreaking or inspiring either. Its real saving grace is a very opinionated ( and very valid ) historical arguement put forward at the end about Zionism. This is by far the best and most original thing in the text, and to have built up the whole book around it may have been a better approach.
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I would recommend this book to those interested the intricacies of the holocaust.