The Holocaust is an attempt to explain the inexplicable – the systematic murder of millions of Europe's Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Second World War. It includes facsimile documents that have been carefully selected to remind readers that the horrifying statistics represent not numbers but people.
This illustrated volume describes Jewish life before the spread of Nazism in Europe and Nazi ideologies. The author discusses the mass murder, the death camps such as Auschwitz, the perpetrators, the witnesses, the escapees, the refugee havens and the 10,000 Kindertransport youngsters who were given safe haven in Britain.
The Holocaust records stories of resistance and acts of heroism, and tells us of the survivors and those who risked their lives to save the Jews. Finally, it describes the liberation of the camps, the resettlement of the Jews and how the events are remembered now.
Published in partnership with the Mémorial de la Shoah, which contains the biggest collection of documents on the subject in Europe and is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and educating future generations.
Table of Contents
Racial Purity: The Master Race and the Untermenschen * Dachau - The First Concentration Camp * The Nuremberg Laws * Kristallnacht: Violence Legitimized * Kindertransport * Death Exported: Einsatzgruppen * Migration: The Madagascar Illusion * Deliberate Deprivation: Ghettos * Lithuania: Murder Sanctioned * Babi Yar: Anatomy of a Massacre * The Wansee Conference * Chelmno and Birkenau: The First Death Camps * Eichmann's Triumph * Auschwitz * Sonderkommando: The Screw Turned Again * Uprisings and Reprisals * Death Marches * Slovakia: The Hlinka Guards * Vichy France * What the Allies Knew * The Final Count * Liberation of the Camps * Germany Reacts * Nuremberg: The Trials * Resettlement * Never Again
About the Author
Thomas Cussans has written and contributed to a vast range of non-fiction titles including The Times Atlas of World History, The Times Atlas of the 20th Century, The Times: Kings and Queens of Britain and Incredible Journeys. He writes for The Spectator and the Daily Telegraph. He lives in France with his family.