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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