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Martyrs to madness : the victims of the Holocaust
Gottfried, Ted.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations, map, ; 27 cm.
Discusses how the Nazis came to power in Germany and the systematic brutalization they perpetrated on such groups as the Jews, Gypsies, Catholics, homosexuals, and others.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.3 3.0 45210.
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D804.34 .G67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
D804.34 .G67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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European Jews were the majority of those victimized by the Nazis. Here is the story of how the Jews came to be the primary targets of Nazi rage. Other victimized groups, such as gypsies, gays, blacks, and the handicapped, are discussed, as are the methods used to intimidate, collect, and exterminate these groups.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. The first two titles in a planned series of six, these volumes offer highly readable, comprehensive accounts of the social and political events, in Germany and throughout the world, that led to the rise of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Martyrs to Madness begins with a brief overview of precipitating events before it devotes a chapter each to the Nazi's group victims--in addition to Jews, the Slavs, gypsies, homosexuals, and POWs--closing with accounts of rebellions by victims throughout the Holocaust. Nazi Germany overlaps and expands on events covered in Martyrs, detailing the rise of Hitler's popularity, the installation of the Nazi regime, and systematic genocide, followed by a list of the top Nazi officials. In simple, powerful text and short paragraphs, Gottfried draws remarkably clear, intelligent connections between factors and events, showing the horror without sensationalizing, and closing both volumes with a call for tolerance. Scattered photographs appear throughout, and chronologies, glossaries, source notes, and further-reading suggestions are appended. Ideal for classroom use, these titles can also be recommended to adults and ESL students. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Gottfried has put a fascinating spin on the Holocaust by writing companion volumes in which one is devoted to the rise and fall of the tyrants and the other to the vastness and complexities of their victims. Martyrs follows the plight of minorities as the Nazis implemented their plans for the Final Solution. The first half of the book concentrates on the Jewish plight. The second half presents entire chapters chronicling the fate of the "other Untermenschen," including Aryan Gypsies (one to four million died), homosexuals (the Pink Triangle), the physically and mentally ill (as defined by the Nazis), enormous numbers of civilians and prisoners of war, and the many who resisted. Nazi Germany traces the origins of both Hitler and the National Socialist Democratic Party through the years of rejection to the years of tyranny. Students will see how the tangle of Hitler's erratic upbringing and narcissistic personality, the humiliating German defeat in World War I, and the easy scapegoating of Jews and other minorities combined inexorably to create the monster that was the Third Reich. Chapters in both titles are clearly organized and relatively short, with subsections creatively labeled: "The Flip-Flop Flunky" provides a startlingly clear image of Joseph Goebbels, for example, and "Lists and Lies" describes the careful choreography involved in convincing deportees that death did not await them. Replete with maps, photographs, dramatic graphics, and well-organized and visually accessible texts, these books also contain parallel thought-provoking afterwords and extensive chapter notes. Fine additions to Holocaust collections.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.