A new book in the very popular Images of War series. The many images present the stark horror of life in the ghettos that became holding camps until the population could be transported to the death camps – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: Images of War, The Ghettos of Nazi-Occupied Poland, Rare Images From Wartime Archives FILE: R3357 AUTHOR: Ian Baxter PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Eastern Front, WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Final Solution, ghettos, segregation, starvation, ghetto police, SS Reserve Police, slum housing ISBN: 1-52676-180-7 PAGES: 127, extensive illustration through the body of the book mostly in B&W. IMAGE: B3357.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/29vh86y3 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A new book in the very popular Images of War series. The many images present the stark horror of life in the ghettos that became holding camps until the population could be transported to the death camps – Very Highly Recommended
The photographs are, as is usual in this series, of generally high quality and rare. In this book, one sequence was shot by a German soldier with his Rollei during a brief excursion into a ghetto to see for himself what it was like. In the main these are harrowing images, showing poverty, starvation and bodies in the streets.
One of the most cynical ploys of the Nazis was to make the Jews form their own local government and police force. Those who accepted these duties did so for many reasons but, in general, thought they would be able to help their fellow Jews, although some were thinking of better rations for themselves and avoidance of the transports for ‘resettlement’. In reality they just made life easier for the Nazis and eventually ended up on the transports anyway.
This is a book that is uncomfortable reading, but necessary reading. It is particularly chilling during the ‘COVID Pandemic’ where the same tactics are being applied by elected governments in what are supposed to be democracies. It should be a timely reminder that freedom is hard won and easily lost. Those who fail to act will eventually find the State closing in on them and the stark alternative is to stand and fight, at risk of death, or hope to live a little longer on your knees