The author has traced the developing Holocaust from the Odessa Massacre in a series of logical steps, making this book a very good point to start into understanding this terrible genocide. The text is descriptive and concise, supported by many images through the body of the book. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Holocaust, The Nazis' Wartime Jewish Atrocities FILE: R3122 AUTHOR: Stephen Wynn PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, concentration camps, death camps, slave labour, genocide, mass murder, Nazi, Final Solution, terror, SS, prison guards, anti-Semites
PAGES: 157 IMAGE: B3122.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/wnm8k5k DESCRIPTION: The author has traced the developing Holocaust from the Odessa Massacre in a series of logical steps, making this book a very good point to start into understanding this terrible genocide. The text is descriptive and concise, supported by many images through the body of the book. – Very Highly Recommended. The Holocaust exerts a unique attraction, perhaps because it is a series of acts that are almost unbelievable. Those with direct connections to those who perished understandably find it a painful and incredibly difficult subject to discuss or even think about. It is as painful for the children of the perpetrators who cannot reconcile what they think they know of people who engaged in killing on an industrial scale and the casual brutality dealt out to prisoners before they were killed. Most of them look perfectly normal humans who became monsters and that may explain part of the fascination of those who were not there, in the years that followed. What we may think of as prejudice and bigotry are the result of an instinctive human survival mechanism. We are all hard-wired to react to anyone or anything that looks different because in the distant past an instant reaction to a potential threat was vital and the identification of potential threats equated to anything that looked different. Over millennia we have made impressive progress and that primitive reaction has become controlled to a greater or lesser degree. It is still an important part of many animals behaviour. We like to think that we have learned to control the primitive parts of our character. The Holocaust showed in brutal drama that it is not something that is far below our patterns of behaviour and that there are still those in society that are prepared to exploit this reactive instinct for political purposes. Hitler, and most of those who gathered around him, was strongly anti-Semitic. Their anti-Semitism was in many respects their belief structure and although they may have been extreme examples, many in Europe at the time could have been described as anti- Semitic. Reading any book about the Holocaust is a chilling experience and this book lays out the horrors visited on Jews by the Nazis, but it is still important to read and understand to avoid this horror ever being visited on others. It is ironic that German politicians have been at the forefront of introducing huge numbers of immigrants, many of whom are strongly anti-Semitic, at a time when the indigenous Germanic population is still struggling to come to terms with their recent past and the Holocaust.