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Title:
The Holocaust
Author:
Bard, Mitchell Geoffrey, 1959-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
272 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780737705751

9780737705768
Format :
Book

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Nearly 6 million Jews died during the years 1933 to 1945. In this unique volume, the authors trace the history of the Holocaust from the life of Adolf Hitler to the Nuremberg Trials and the creation of Israel. They examine the Nazis' plan to annihilate Jews, what life was like in the camps, the perpetrators of the horrific crimes and their victims, the resistance and the rescuers, and, finally, the liberation. The authors also discuss whether the Holocaust could have been prevented and examine the effect of the Holocaust today. Also includes a geographical gazeteer of important places and events, a glossary, a chronology, an appendix of prominent people, bibliographies, and a complete index.


Summary

Nearly 6 million Jews died during the years 1933 to 1945. In this unique volume, the authors trace the history of the Holocaust from the life of Adolf Hitler to the Nuremberg Trials and the creation of Israel. They examine the Nazis' plan to annihilate Jews, what life was like in the camps, the perpetrators of the horrific crimes and their victims, the resistance and the rescuers, and, finally, the liberation. The authors also discuss whether the Holocaust could have been prevented and examine the effect of the Holocaust today. Also includes a geographical gazeteer of important places and events, a glossary, a chronology, an appendix of prominent people, bibliographies, and a complete index.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-12. For an in-depth introduction to the subject as much as for reference and research, each of these large, detailed, accessible, well-designed Complete History Of anthologies includes more than 90 entries by well-known people in the field who describe what happened and look critically at how events continue to be interpreted. The selections are organized into chapters, and there are short introductions on the contents pages, full introductions with each entry, and extensive bibliographies. The text, in clear type, two columns per page, is broken up with lots of subheads and occasional black-and-white photographs. American Slavery begins with the Atlantic slave trade and ends with the Civil War, with entries by Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, Mary Chestnut, and many others. It is organized into 16 chapters on a number of topics, including a fascinating discussion of whether the Underground Railroad actually existed. There's no mention of the current reparations debate. Ancient Greece is organized first chronologically, then by topic--law and justice, art, literature, etc. The Death Penalty is like an expanded version of an Opposing Viewpoints title, with debate about issues, landmark cases, and court decisions. Holocaust is an excellent collection of seminal accounts and commentaries by some of the leading writers in the field. Of course, there's no "complete history" of anything, but especially for smaller collections, these volumes provide both the big picture and a detailed focus on what's important. No further titles in this series are planned at this time. --Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9-Up These volumes in the audaciously titled The Complete History of series succeed in delivering large and diverse selections of material on controversial topics. Each one is comprised of numerous primary- and secondary-source articles that represent many points of view in a loosely chronological arrangement. Insightful general introductions preface each book as well as each chapter. Editorial comment precedes each article, laying a helpful contextual framework for the disparate entries. High-quality, black-and-white charts, maps, and photographs powerfully underscore the texts. Sensitive issues are included: Holocaust raises the question of Christian culpability; Slavery cautions that pejorative terminology appears frequently in excerpted historical documents; and Death Penalty includes debate on racial discrimination. While there are a few lapses, e.g., neither Holocaust nor Slavery includes mention of current reparations movements, they do not undermine the integrity of these volumes. Each book concludes with relevant appendixes, a chronology, capsule biographies of prominent people, and research links. A general index and a somewhat redundant major subject list provide uneven help. Examining discrete topics like gas chamber, middle passage, or electrocution in the individual titles will result in much page flipping for multiple entries. Nevertheless, persevering researchers will be well served by these textbook-sized, one-stop reference sources. Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted., Cahners Business Information


Booklist Review

Gr. 6-12. For an in-depth introduction to the subject as much as for reference and research, each of these large, detailed, accessible, well-designed Complete History Of anthologies includes more than 90 entries by well-known people in the field who describe what happened and look critically at how events continue to be interpreted. The selections are organized into chapters, and there are short introductions on the contents pages, full introductions with each entry, and extensive bibliographies. The text, in clear type, two columns per page, is broken up with lots of subheads and occasional black-and-white photographs. American Slavery begins with the Atlantic slave trade and ends with the Civil War, with entries by Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, Mary Chestnut, and many others. It is organized into 16 chapters on a number of topics, including a fascinating discussion of whether the Underground Railroad actually existed. There's no mention of the current reparations debate. Ancient Greece is organized first chronologically, then by topic--law and justice, art, literature, etc. The Death Penalty is like an expanded version of an Opposing Viewpoints title, with debate about issues, landmark cases, and court decisions. Holocaust is an excellent collection of seminal accounts and commentaries by some of the leading writers in the field. Of course, there's no "complete history" of anything, but especially for smaller collections, these volumes provide both the big picture and a detailed focus on what's important. No further titles in this series are planned at this time. --Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9-Up These volumes in the audaciously titled The Complete History of series succeed in delivering large and diverse selections of material on controversial topics. Each one is comprised of numerous primary- and secondary-source articles that represent many points of view in a loosely chronological arrangement. Insightful general introductions preface each book as well as each chapter. Editorial comment precedes each article, laying a helpful contextual framework for the disparate entries. High-quality, black-and-white charts, maps, and photographs powerfully underscore the texts. Sensitive issues are included: Holocaust raises the question of Christian culpability; Slavery cautions that pejorative terminology appears frequently in excerpted historical documents; and Death Penalty includes debate on racial discrimination. While there are a few lapses, e.g., neither Holocaust nor Slavery includes mention of current reparations movements, they do not undermine the integrity of these volumes. Each book concludes with relevant appendixes, a chronology, capsule biographies of prominent people, and research links. A general index and a somewhat redundant major subject list provide uneven help. Examining discrete topics like gas chamber, middle passage, or electrocution in the individual titles will result in much page flipping for multiple entries. Nevertheless, persevering researchers will be well served by these textbook-sized, one-stop reference sources. Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted., Cahners Business Information