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Title:
The holocaust chronicle
Author:
Harran, Marilyn J., 1948-
Publication Information:
Lincolnwood, Ill. : Publications International, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
765 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780785329633
Format :
Book

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Written and fact-checked by top scholars. Recounts the long, complex, anguishing story of the most terrible crime of the 20th century. Nearly 2,000 extraordinary photographs, many never before published. More than 2,000 captions and sidebars on the most significant Holocaust-related topics. The most thorough, detailed timeline about the Holocaust ever published. In-depth essays covering each year of the Holocaust, 1933 through 1946. An extensive prologue (1500 BCE to 1932) and epilogue (1947 to today) that discusses the buildup to and aftermath of the Holocaust.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Published as a nonprofit project, this large volume offers readers and researchers a mostly visual look at the Holocaust. A companion Web site [http://www.holocaustchronicle.org] contains the full text of the print version, a revolving selection of images, and links to other Web sites. Twelve chapters each cover one year from 1933 to 1946 and consist mostly of captioned illustrations. Two additional chapters, "Prologue: Roots of the Holocaust" and "Epilogue: The Aftermath," each cover several years and give users an overview of ancient and recent history, especially pertaining to Jews and the creation of the state of Israel. The two overview chapters contain several pages of dense text, but the information is accessible to middle-and high-school students as well as adults. Unfortunately, because of the lack of white space on these pages, the illustration captions tend to get lost in the text, even though they are printed in a different font. The yearly chapters each begin with two to three pages of background information and then tell of events and people through photographs, illustrations, quotes, boxed related information, and maps. The photographs are often of everyday individuals, which personalizes the era for the reader. Illustrations include international propaganda posters, fliers, and official papers. Each of the chapters covers related international events, and the 1936 chapter focuses on the Berlin Olympics. The highlight of the volume is the time line, which runs as a wide banner along the bottom of most pages. For each of the annual chapters, the time line covers only events from that year. The time line in the prologue covers from about 1500 B.C.E. to 1932 and that in the epilogue covers from 1947 to summer 1999. The volume concludes with several appendixes, a glossary, an extensive unannotated list of further reading, and a detailed index. Although page numbers indicating visuals are italicized in the index, they are difficult to discern from others. The appendixes mainly offer statistical information such as concentration camp deaths and ghetto populations. This volume will be of value in public and school libraries where less-familiar Holocaust information is required. Its value is increased by its low price. It will be useful to students and researchers needing nontext material.


Publisher's Weekly Review

The words will do, but the pictures are the point in this hefty and impressive reference work about the systematic murder of six million Jews. It differs from other such works in its inclusion of more than 2,000 color and black-and-white photographs from archives and private collections, and in its format: designed to highlight the photos while a timeline across the bottom of each page provides a running chronology of Holocaust-related events from 1933 to 1946. The top two-thirds of the page present two or three photographs with informative captions; the text was written by a team of historians. The result is a comprehensive account that documents a wide range of events from the hanging of five Poles in Krak¢w for "aiding Jews" to the deportation of 700 Jews from Milan to Auschwitz and the Spanish government's diplomatic rescue of 365 Greek Jews from Belsen. The arresting objects, people and locations depicted include a wooden pin made by a Bergen-Belsen inmate; a Polish Jehovah's Witness who survived the Stutthof labor camp; and a cramped Amsterdam basement where two Dutch Jews hid for most of the war. A substantial prologue considers the "Roots of the Holocaust" in earlier history; an epilogue describes the "Aftermath," including the founding of the state of Israel, the continuing hunt for surviving war criminals and the recent controversies over Pope Pius XII. As a source of information, this work can't rival the multivolume Encyclopedia of the HolocaustÄnor does it mean to do so. Instead, it aims to introduce readers familiar with the Holocaust to a broader range of data, and to a startling set of indelible images. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Containing hundreds of photos, this collaborative effort by over half a dozen historians is an ambitious attempt to create a comprehensive account of the Shoah suitable for a wide audience. The contents are organized chronologically in 16 chapters, from "Roots of the Holocaust" through "The Pursuit of Justice." A day-by-day time line appears on the bottom of each page, while the rest of the text combines images drawn from archives from around the world with textual explanations. Special sections, highlighted in yellow, often deal with the most controversial of issues, such as the role of the Vatican. One of the most difficult things to do in a book with so many illustrations is to integrate analysis with the visual imagery. In most cases, the authors succeed in contextualizing the people, the events, and their significance, meeting a relatively high standard of scholarship and narrative. However, the lack of a central theme, other than the Holocaust broadly defined, means that everything that can possibly relate is crammed in; readers would do best to examine the index for subjects of interest or to read randomly for information. The glossary and bibliography are well done. The product of a nonprofit venture, this book will be a welcome addition to all collections.--Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This handsomely bound work is an important contribution to the growing number of reference books on the Holocaust. It was intended as a nonprofit venture to ensure that it would be affordable for all libraries. The distinctiveness of this reference work lies in its 80,000-word time line, which begins in 1933 and brings issues affecting the Holocaust up to the present, and in some 2,000 photographs that accompany the text. In addition, there are sidebar entries that provide the reader with minibiographies of personalities associated with the Holocaust, as well as cross-references for the subject matter. The bibliography is extensive, although it has omitted some important reference works, and the glossary is very useful. Michael Berenbaum's introduction is an excellent overview of the events that led to the Final Solution. Although certain unresolved issues surrounding the Holocaust remain, such as why the Allies did not bomb Auschwitz or whether Hitler knew every detail of the Holocaust, Chronicle has the merit of noting these still unresolved historical questions without providing irrefutable answers. To be used along with Jack Fischel's Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust (CH, Dec'99). All levels. J. Fischel; Millersville University


Table of Contents

Forewordp. 10
Introductionp. 13
Prologue: Roots of the Holocaustp. 16
1933: The Nazi State Beginsp. 52
1934: Triumph of the Willp. 72
1935: Steps Toward Destructionp. 84
1936: The Nazis' Gamesp. 96
1937: Quiet Before the Stormp. 110
1938: The End of Illusionsp. 120
1939: The War Against the Jewsp. 148
1940: Machinery of Hatredp. 184
1941: Mass Murderp. 210
1942: The "Final Solution"p. 292
1943: Death and Resistancep. 404
1944: Desperate Actsp. 504
1945: Liberation and Rebuildingp. 578
1946: The Pursuit of Justicep. 638
Epilogue: The Aftermathp. 654
Appendicesp. 699
Glossaryp. 705
Further Readingp. 710
Indexp. 720

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