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Books > History > European history > From 1900 > Second World War > The Holocaust

Children in the Holocaust and its Aftermath - Historical and Psychological Studies of the Kestenberg Archive (Hardcover):... Children in the Holocaust and its Aftermath - Historical and Psychological Studies of the Kestenberg Archive (Hardcover)
Sharon Kangisser Cohen, Eva Fogelman, Dalia Ofer
R2,588 Discovery Miles 25 880 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The testimonies of individuals who survived the Holocaust as children pose distinct emotional and intellectual challenges for researchers: as now-adult interviewees recall profound childhood experiences of suffering and persecution, they also invoke their own historical awareness and memories of their postwar lives, requiring readers to follow simultaneous, disparate narratives. This interdisciplinary volume brings together historians, psychologists, and other scholars to explore child survivors' accounts. With a central focus on the Kestenberg Holocaust Child Survivor Archive's over 1,500 testimonies, it not only enlarges our understanding of the Holocaust empirically but illuminates the methodological, theoretical, and institutional dimensions of this unique form of historical record.

Fighting Auschwitz - The Resistance Movement in the Concentration Camp (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Jozef Garlinski Fighting Auschwitz - The Resistance Movement in the Concentration Camp (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Jozef Garlinski; Introduction by Antony Polonsky; Foreword by M.R.D. Foot
R715 R628 Discovery Miles 6 280 Save R87 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

"The definitive study of the topic." --Prof. Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University, and Chief Historian, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The incredible story of underground resistance among the prisoners at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. When the Germans opened Auschwitz in June 1940, it was a concentration camp for political prisoners, who were told on arrival that they would live no longer than three months--expanding two years later to also become a death camp for Jews. Underground resistance appeared at Auschwitz very quickly, spearheaded in 1940 by one of the bravest men ever to live, Polish army officer Captain Witold Pilecki. Jozef Garlinski traces the evolution and operations of the principal resistance organizations among the prisoners (including communist as well as non-communist groups). He delves into the relationships among these groups, as well as their relationships with the various political and multinational factions in the prisoner population, including both male and female, and with the underground outside the camp. He describes their efforts against the brutal SS men and informers. In parallel, he documents the growth and evolution of Auschwitz itself, and the horrors of the industrialized death factory for Jews created by the Germans. First published in English in 1975, but out of print for decades, this seminal book is now being released in a new 2nd edition with more than 200 photos and maps, and a new introduction by Prof. Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University, and Chief Historian, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. . Garlinski, a member of the Polish underground during WWII, was himself a prisoner at Auschwitz.With more than 200 photos and maps, five Appendices, extensive Bibliography and detailed Indexes.

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (Paperback): Anne Frank Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (Paperback)
Anne Frank; Illustrated by David Polonsky 1
R409 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R66 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The First Graphic Adaptation of the Multi-Million Bestseller '12th June, 1942: I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.' In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe, Anne Frank kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings, movingly revealing how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with the daily threat of discovery and death. Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of the beloved diary of Anne Frank. 'Faithful to the spirit and often the language of the diary... Mr Polonsky's beautiful artwork offers a charming and convincing view of Anne on the page' THE ECONOMIST 'Folman and Polonsky have reclaimed Anne Frank in all of her humanity, and they allow us to witness for ourselves her beauty, courage, vision and imagination. And, in doing so, they have elevated the tools of the comic book to create an astonishing work of art.' JEWISH JOURNAL 'The illustrations [. . .] retell Anne's diary with great compassion, wit and ebullience' StANDPOINT

Jews in Southern Tuscany during the Holocaust - Ambiguous Refuge (Hardcover): Judith Roumani Jews in Southern Tuscany during the Holocaust - Ambiguous Refuge (Hardcover)
Judith Roumani
R1,818 Discovery Miles 18 180 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The province of Grosseto in southern Tuscany shows two extremes in the treatment of Italian and foreign Jews during the Holocaust. To the east of the province, the Jews of Pitigliano, a four hundred-year-old community, were hidden for almost a year by sympathetic farmers in barns and caves. None of those in hiding were arrested and all survived the Fascist hunt for Jews. In the west, near the provincial capital of Grosseto, almost a hundred Italian and foreign Jews were imprisoned in 1943-1944 in the bishop's seminary, which he had rented to the Fascists for that purpose. About half of them, though they had thought that the bishop would protect them, were deported with his knowledge by Fascists and Nazis to Auschwitz. Thus, the Holocaust reached into this provincial corner as it did into all parts of Italy still under Italian Fascist control. This book is based on new interviews and research in local and national archives.

Rethinking Holocaust Film Reception - A British Case Study (Hardcover): Stefanie Rauch Rethinking Holocaust Film Reception - A British Case Study (Hardcover)
Stefanie Rauch
R1,819 Discovery Miles 18 190 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Taking early 21st century Britain as a case study, Rethinking Holocaust Film Reception: A British Case Study presents an intervention into the scholarship on the representation of the Holocaust on film. Based on a study of audience responses to select films, Stefanie Rauch demonstrates that the reception of films about the Holocaust is a complex process that we cannot understand through textual analysis alone, but by also paying attention to individual reception processes. This book restores the agency of viewers and takes seriously their diverse responses to representations of the Holocaust. It demonstrates that viewers' interpretative resources play an important role in film reception. Viewers regard Holocaust films as a separate genre that they encounter with a set of expectations. The author highlights the implications of Britain's lessons-focused approach to Holocaust education and commemoration and addresses debates around the supposed globalization of Holocaust memory by unpacking the peculiar Britishness of viewers' responses to films about the Holocaust. A sense of emotional connection or its absence to the Holocaust and its memory speaks to divisions along ethnic, generational, and national lines.

War in the Shadow of Auschwitz - Memoirs of a Polish Resistance Fighter and Survivor of the Death Camps (Paperback): John... War in the Shadow of Auschwitz - Memoirs of a Polish Resistance Fighter and Survivor of the Death Camps (Paperback)
John Wiernicki
R541 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

1943: Polish underground fighter John Wiernicki is captured and beaten by the Gestapo, then shipped to Auschwitz. In this chilling memoir, Wiernicki, a Gentile, details "life" in the infamous death camp, and his battle to survive, physically and morally, in the face of utter evil. The author begins by remembering his aristocratic youth, an idyllic time shattered by German invasion. The ensuing dark days of occupation would fire the adolescent Wiernicki with a burning desire to serve Poland, a cause that led him to valiant action and eventual arrest. As a young non-Jew, Wiernicki was acutely sensitive to the depravity and injustice that engulfed him at Auschwitz. He bears witness to the harrowing selection and extermination of Jews doomed by birth to the gas chambers, to savage camp policies, brutal SS doctors, and rampant corruption with the system. He notes the difference in treatment between Jews and non-Jews. And he relives fearful unexpected encounters with two notorious "Angels of Death": Josef Mengele and Heinz Thilo. War in the Shadow of Auschwitz is an important historical and personal document. Its vivid portrait of prewar and wartime Poland, and of German concentration camps, provides a significant addition to the growing body of testimony by gentile survivors and a heartfelt contribution to fostering comprehension and understanding.

Counting on America: A Holocaust Memoir of Terror, Chutzpah, Romance and Escape (Paperback): Gary Reiner, Kurt Reiner Counting on America: A Holocaust Memoir of Terror, Chutzpah, Romance and Escape (Paperback)
Gary Reiner, Kurt Reiner
R406 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The urgency for Kurt and Hennie Reiner to escape Vienna accelerates when Kurt is imprisoned in Dachau. He is released but threatened with certain arrest unless a legal way is discovered to exit occupied Austria. As the couple seek safe haven and scramble to obtain visas, they are conscripted for work at Fischamend, an SS monitored farm labor camp. Counting on America is told in the first-person, an engaging format that emotionally transports the reader into the Holocaust scenarios experienced by Kurt and Hennie Reiner. Historical context interspersed throughout the memoir supports the tale and provides an educated perspective of the Holocaust. The book delivers a compelling message not only about the dangers of racial hatred and anti-Semitism, but the importance of America to refugees fleeing despot nations in pursuit of religious tolerance and freedom.

Trusting Calvin - How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor's Heart (Paperback): Sharon Peters Trusting Calvin - How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor's Heart (Paperback)
Sharon Peters
R241 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R13 (5%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Max Edelman was just 17 when the Nazis took him to the first of five work camps, where his only hope of survival was to keep quiet and raise an emotional shield. After witnessing a German Shepherd kill a fellow prisoner, he developed a lifelong fear of dogs. Beaten into blindness by two bored guards, Max survived, buried the past, and moved on. But when he retired, he needed help. After a month of training, he received Calvin, a devoted chocolate Labrador retriever. Calvin guided Max safely through life, but he sensed Max's distance and reserve. Calvin grew listless and lost weight. Trainers intervened-but to no avail. A few days before Calvin's inevitable reassignment, Max went for a walk. A car cut into the crosswalk, and Calvin leapt forward, saving Max's life. Max's emotional shield dissolved. Calvin sensed the change and immediately improved, guiding Max to greater openness, trust, and engagement with the world. Here is the remarkable, touching story of a man who survived history and the dog that unlocked his heart.

Nazis Next Door (Paperback): Eric Lichtblau Nazis Next Door (Paperback)
Eric Lichtblau
R359 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Until recently, historians believed America gave asylum only to key Nazi scientists after World War II, along with some less famous perpetrators who managed to sneak in and who eventually were exposed by Nazi hunters. But the truth is much worse, and has been covered up for decades: the CIA and FBI brought thousands of perpetrators to America as possible assets against their new Cold War enemies. When the Justice Department finally investigated and learned the truth, the results were classified and buried. Using the dramatic story of one former perpetrator who settled in New Jersey, conned the CIA into hiring him, and begged for the agency's support when his wartime identity emerged, Eric Lichtblau tells the full, shocking story of how America became a refuge for hundreds of postwar Nazis.

Born Survivors - The incredible true story of three pregnant mothers and their courage and determination to survive in the... Born Survivors - The incredible true story of three pregnant mothers and their courage and determination to survive in the concentration camps (Paperback)
Wendy Holden 3
R271 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R44 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The Sunday Times bestseller now updated with a new foreword Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each passed through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to each other, they were newly pregnant, and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared, and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women were privately determined to hold on to all they had left: their lives, and those of their unborn babies. That the gas chambers ran out of Zyklon-B just after the babies were born, before they and their mothers could be exterminated, is just one of several miracles that allowed them all to survive and rebuild their lives after World War II. Born Survivors follows the mothers' incredible journey - first to Auschwitz, where they each came under the murderous scrutiny of Dr. Josef Mengele; then to a German slave labour camp where, half-starved and almost worked to death, they struggled to conceal their condition; and finally, as the Allies closed in, their hellish 17-day train journey with thousands of other prisoners to the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. Hundreds died along the way but the courage and kindness of strangers, including guards and civilians, helped save these women and their children. Sixty-five years later, the three 'miracle babies' met for the first time at Mauthausen for the anniversary of the liberation that ultimately saved them. United by their remarkable experiences of survival against all odds, they now consider each other "siblings of the heart." In Born Survivors, Wendy Holden brings all three stories together for the first time to mark their seventieth birthdays and the seventieth anniversary of the ending of the war. A heart-stopping account of how three mothers and their newborns fought to survive the Holocaust, Born Survivors is also a life-affirming celebration of our capacity to care and to love amid inconceivable cruelty.

A Survivor Named Trauma - Holocaust Memory in Lithuania (Paperback): Myra Sklarew A Survivor Named Trauma - Holocaust Memory in Lithuania (Paperback)
Myra Sklarew
R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Fifth Diamond (Paperback): Irene Zisblatt The Fifth Diamond (Paperback)
Irene Zisblatt
R313 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R48 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Undeliverable - A Letter of Reminiscence (Paperback): Isaac Lipschits Undeliverable - A Letter of Reminiscence (Paperback)
Isaac Lipschits; Translated by Jeannette K. Ringold
R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Radical's Journey - How German Neo-Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back (Hardcover): Arie W. Kruglanski, David Webber,... The Radical's Journey - How German Neo-Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back (Hardcover)
Arie W. Kruglanski, David Webber, Daniel Koehler
R749 R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Save R47 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This volume offers a crucial examination of right-wing extremism, supported by detailed empirical analyses of right-wing militants' experiences within and outside their organizations. The authors delve deeply into the motivations that prompt initial membership in these groups, the elements that make membership appealing, and the factors that ultimately cause members to leave. Interpreting the present empirical data within their psychological theory of radicalization, the authors determine the commonalities and differences between instances of radicalization and derive policy-relevant implications to combat right-wing extremism. In a turbulent global environment where this strain of extremist ideology has gained more mainstream popularity, this book is a critical and timely addition to scholarship on radicalization by leading experts in the field.

Clara's War - One Girl's Story of Survival (Paperback): Clara Kramer, Stephen Glantz Clara's War - One Girl's Story of Survival (Paperback)
Clara Kramer, Stephen Glantz
R364 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This heart-stopping story of a young girl hiding from the Nazis is based on Clara Kramer's diary from her years surviving in an underground bunker with seventeen other people.

Clara Kramer was a typical Polish Jewish teenager from a small town at the outbreak of the Second World War. When the Germans invaded, Clara's family was taken in by the Becks, a Volksdeutsch (ethnically German) family from their town. Mr. Beck was known to be an alcoholic, a womanizer, and a vocal anti-Semite. His wife had worked as Clara's family's housekeeper. But on hearing that Jewish families were being led into the woods and shot, Beck sheltered the Kramers and two other Jewish families.

In all, eighteen people lived in a bunker dug out of the Becks' basement. Fifteen-year-old Clara kept a diary during the twenty terrifying months she was in hiding, writing down details of their unpredictable life, from the house's catching fire to Beck's affair with Clara's neighbor; the nightly SS drinking sessions in the room above to the small pleasure of a shared Christmas carp.Against all odds, Clara lived to tell her story, and her diary is now part of the permanent collection of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Holocaust Industry - Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering (Paperback): Norman G. Finkelstein The Holocaust Industry - Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering (Paperback)
Norman G. Finkelstein
R272 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R36 (13%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

"In an iconoclastic and controversial study, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an interrogation of the place the Holocaust has come to occupy in American culture to a disturbing examination of recent Holocaust compensation agreements. It was not until the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, when Israel's evident strength brought it into line with US foreign policy, that memory of the Holocaust began to acquire the exceptional prominence it enjoys today. Leaders of America's Jewish community were delighted that Israel was now deemed a major strategic asset and, Finkelstein contends, exploited the Holocaust to enhance this newfound status. Their subsequent interpretations of the tragedy are often at variance with actual historical events and are employed to deflect any criticism of Israel and its supporters. Recalling Holocaust fraudsters such as Jerzy Kosinski and Binjamin Wilkomirski, as well as the demagogic constructions of writers like Daniel Goldhagen, Finkelstein contends that the main danger posed to the memory of Nazism's victims comes not from the distortions of Holocaust deniers but from prominent, self-proclaimed guardians of Holocaust memory. Drawing on a wealth of untapped sources, he exposes the double shakedown of European countries as well as legitimate Jewish claimants, and concludes that the Holocaust industry has become an outright extortion racket. Thoroughly researched and closely argued, The Holocaust Industry is all the more disturbing and powerful because the issues it deals with are so rarely discussed. In a devastating postscript to this best-selling book, Norman G. Finkelstein documents the Holocaust industry's scandalous cover-up of the blackmail of Swiss banks, and in a new appendix demolishes an influential apologia for the Holocaust industry."

It Happened in Italy - Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust (Paperback): Elizabeth... It Happened in Italy - Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust (Paperback)
Elizabeth Bettina
R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

One woman's discovery-and the incredible, unexpected journey it takes her on-of how her grandparent's small village of Campagna, Italy, helped save Jews during the Holocaust.

Take a journey with Elizabeth Bettina as she discovers-much to her surprise-that her grandparent's small village, nestled in the heart of southern Italy, housed an internment camp for Jews during the Holocaust, and that it was far from the only one. Follow her discovery of survivors and their stories of gratitude to Italy and its people. Explore the little known details of how members of the Catholic church assisted and helped shelter Jews in Italy during World War II.

History On Trial - My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier (Paperback, 1st Harper Perennial ed): Deborah E. Lipstadt History On Trial - My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier (Paperback, 1st Harper Perennial ed)
Deborah E. Lipstadt
R298 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R64 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This is the only book from the perspective of the defendant who emerged victorious. It features reviews on book pages of national newspapers, and in history magazines. Deborah Lipstadt chronicles her five-year legal battle with David Irving that culminated in a sensational trial in 2000. In her acclaimed 1993 book "Denying the Holocaust", Deborah Lipstadt called David Irving, a prolific writer of books on World War II, "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial", a conclusion she reached after closely examining his books, speeches, interviews, and other copious records. The following year, after Lipstadt's book was published in the UK, Irving filed a libel suit against Lipstadt and her UK publisher, Penguin. Lipstadt prepared her defence with the help of first-rate team of solicitors, historians, and experts. The dramatic trial, which unfolded over the course of 10 weeks, ultimately exposed the prejudice, extremism, and distortion of history that defined Irving's work. Lipstadt's victory was proclaimed on the front page of major newspapers around the world, with the "Daily Telegraph" proclaiming that the trial did "for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." Part history, part real life courtroom drama, "History On Trial" is Lipstadt's riveting, blow-by-blow account of the trial that tested the standards of historical and judicial truths and resulted in a formal denunciation of a Holocaust denier, crippling the movement for years to come.

Western and Northern Europe 1940-June 1942 (Hardcover): Katja Happe, Michael Mayer, Maja Peers Western and Northern Europe 1940-June 1942 (Hardcover)
Katja Happe, Michael Mayer, Maja Peers; Contributions by Jean-Marc Dreyfus; Edited by Caroline Pearce
R1,349 Discovery Miles 13 490 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In May 1940 the German Wehrmacht invaded Northern and Western Europe. The subsequent occupation of Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France brought the Jewish population of these countries - both established residents and refugees - under German control. From 1942 Jews throughout Western Europe were required to wear the 'Jewish star' and most had to perform forced labour. By this point, deportation from France and Luxembourg to the ghettos and extermination camps had already begun, and it was imminent in the remaining occupied countries. Covering the period from the German invasion to mid 1942, this volume records how Jews in these parts of Europe were excluded from society and stripped of their rights, livelihoods, and property. Letters and diary entries by the persecuted Jews detail life under German occupation and attempts to emigrate. The sources show how Jewish organizations sought to alleviate the impact of persecution and how German occupiers and local collaborators targeted Jews with increasingly stringent measures and clamped down on any form of resistance.

Claude Lanzmann's 'Shoah' Outtakes - Holocaust Rescue and Resistance (Hardcover): Sue Vice Claude Lanzmann's 'Shoah' Outtakes - Holocaust Rescue and Resistance (Hardcover)
Sue Vice
R2,391 Discovery Miles 23 910 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

As we approach the end of the 'era of the witness', given the passing on of the generation of Holocaust survivors, Claude Lanzmann's archive of 220 hours of footage excluded from his ground-breaking documentary Shoah (1985) offers a remarkable opportunity to encounter previously unseen interviews with survivors and other witnesses, recorded in the late 1970s. Although the archive is all available freely to view online and includes extra footage of those who appear in Shoah, this book focuses on the interviews from which no extracts appear in the finished film or in any subsequent release. The material analysed features interviews with such significant figures as the former partisan Abba Kovner, wartime activist Hansi Brand, Kovno Ghetto leader Leib Garfunkel, rescuer Tadeusz Pankiewicz and members of Roosevelt's War Refugee Board, and focuses throughout on the efforts at rescue and resistance by those within and outside occupied Europe. Sue Vice contends that watching and analysing this wholly excluded footage gives us new insights into the making of Shoah through what was left out. Moreover, she reveals that the near-impossibility of rescue and often suicidal implications of resistance emerge through these excluded interviews as inextricable from the process of genocide. She concludes by arguing that the outtakes show the potential for new filmic forms envisaged on Lanzmann's part in order to represent the crucial topics of attempted Holocaust rescue and resistance.

The People on the Beach - Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust (Hardcover): Rosie Whitehouse The People on the Beach - Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust (Hardcover)
Rosie Whitehouse
R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

One summer's night in 1946, over 1,000 European Jews waited silently on an Italian beach to board a secret ship. They had survived Auschwitz, hidden and fought in forests and endured death marches-now they were taking on the Royal Navy, running the British blockade of Palestine. From Eastern Europe to Israel via Germany and Italy, Rosie Whitehouse follows in the footsteps of those secret passengers, uncovering their extraordinary stories-some told for the first time. Who were those people on the beach? Where and what had they come from, and how had they survived? Why, after being liberated, did so many Jews still feel unsafe in Europe? How do we-and don't we-remember the Holocaust today? This remarkable, important book digs deep and travels far in search of answers.

Echoes of a Lost Voice - Encounters with Primo Levi (Hardcover): Gabriella Poli, Giorgio Calcagno Echoes of a Lost Voice - Encounters with Primo Levi (Hardcover)
Gabriella Poli, Giorgio Calcagno; Edited by Carole Angier; Translated by Nat Paterson
R1,372 Discovery Miles 13 720 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Italian Executioners - The Genocide of the Jews of Italy (Hardcover): Simon Levis Sullam The Italian Executioners - The Genocide of the Jews of Italy (Hardcover)
Simon Levis Sullam; Foreword by David I Kertzer; Translated by Oona Smyth, Claudia Patane
R576 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R121 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A gripping revisionist history that shows how ordinary Italians played a central role in the genocide of Italian Jews during the Second World War In this gripping revisionist history of Italy's role in the Holocaust, Simon Levis Sullam presents an unforgettable account of how ordinary Italians actively participated in the deportation of Italy's Jews between 1943 and 1945, when Mussolini's collaborationist republic was under German occupation. While most historians have long described Italians as relatively protective of Jews during this time, The Italian Executioners tells a very different story, recounting in vivid detail the shocking events of a period in which Italians set in motion almost half the arrests that sent their Jewish compatriots to Auschwitz. This brief, beautifully written narrative shines a harsh spotlight on those who turned on their Jewish fellow citizens. These collaborators ranged from petty informers to Fascist intellectuals-and their motives ran from greed to ideology. Drawing insights from Holocaust and genocide studies and combining a historian's rigor with a novelist's gift for scene-setting, Levis Sullam takes us into Italian cities large and small, from Florence and Venice to Brescia, showing how events played out in each. Re-creating betrayals and arrests, he draws indelible portraits of victims and perpetrators alike. Along the way, Levis Sullam dismantles the seductive popular myth of italiani brava gente-the "good Italians" who sheltered their Jewish compatriots from harm. The result is an essential correction to a widespread misconception of the Holocaust in Italy. In collaboration with the Nazis, and with different degrees and forms of involvement, the Italians were guilty of genocide.

If This Is A Man / The Truce (Paperback, New Ed): Primo Levi If This Is A Man / The Truce (Paperback, New Ed)
Primo Levi; Translated by S. Woolf
R346 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Two works of autobiography. If This is a Man tells of Levi's experiences as a victim of the Holocaust, from his arrest by the Fascists in 1943 to the liberation of Auschwitz by the Russians. The Truce is the story of his eight-month journey back to Italy after he was liberated.

'With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known'
- Philip Roth

The death of Primo Levi robs Italy of one of its finest writers ... One of the few survivors of the Holocaust to speak of his experiences with a gentle voice'
- Guardian

Collective Memory in International Relations (Hardcover): Kathrin Bachleitner Collective Memory in International Relations (Hardcover)
Kathrin Bachleitner
R1,721 Discovery Miles 17 210 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Collective memory carries the past into the present. This book traces the influence of collective memory in international relations (IR). It locates the origins of a country's memory within the international environment and inquires how memory guides states through time in world politics. Collective memory, as such, not only shapes countries and their international interactions, but the international sphere also plays an essential role in how countries approach the past. Through in-depth examinations of both domestic and international landscapes in empirical cases, the book explores four ways in which collective memory can manifest in IR: as a country's political strategy; as its public identity; as its international state behaviour; and finally, as a source for its national values. A comparative case study of (West) Germany and Austria illustrates how significantly differing interpretations of the Nazi legacy impacted their respective international policies over time. Taken together, this book investigates whether collective memory influences global outcomes and how and why it matters for IR.

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