In the shouted words of a woman bound for Auschwitz to a man about to escape from a cattle car, "If you get out, maybe you can tell the story! Who else will tell it?"
Our Crime Was Being Jewish contains 576 vivid memories of 358 Holocaust survivors. These are the true, insider stories of victims, told in their own words. They include the experiences of teenagers who saw their parents and siblings sent to the gas chambers; of starving children beaten for trying to steal a morsel of food; of people who saw their friends commit suicide to save themselves from the daily agony they endured. The recollections are from the start of the war - the home invasions, the Gestapo busts, and the ghettos - as well as the daily hell of the concentration camps and what actually happened inside.
Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and this hefty collection of stories told by its survivors is one of the most important books of our time. It was compiled by award-winning author Anthony S. Pitch, who worked with sources such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to get survivors' stories compiled together and to supplement them with images from the war. These memories must be told and held on to so what happened is documented; so the lives of those who perished are not forgotten; so history does not repeat itself.
©2015 Anthony S. Pitch (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Very sad and very informative to listen to the dreadful true stories of the Jews and the courage they had is a lesson to all .
Yes. I think everyone should read this and think of it's implications today.
I don't think anyone could listen to this without being emotionally stunned.
This is not a narrative.
Simply the voices of survivors, telling of the horror endured. Sadly very few of whom have lived into the 21st Century.
Luckily their testament has been recorded in print, on film and tape, to stand as an indictment of horror for all time.
"Fascinating and Disturbing"
This may be one of the most informative books I have ever read about Holocaust survivors. It terrifies, it invokes empathy,it enlists great respect for the plight of the Jewish people and it is compelling. I have read hundreds of books about the Holocaust and the Nazis, but this shed even more light on the atrocities committed against the Jewish people of Europe and those who helped them.
It is not a story but a series of brief interviews with survivors; a recollection of events that marked their lives during WWII. The courage of these survivors and liberators is beyond imagination. For Holocaust deniers, this is a MUST read.
Their complete immersion into reading the personal horrors of the survivors. The feeling that they put into the reading makes you feel as though you are listening to the actual people tell their rememberances.
No. You could never digest this in one sitting. It is a book I will listen to more than once.
I have such deep feelings for the Jewish people who suffered under the Nazis, and for those who risked their lives to protect them in any way they could. The US military men who spoke about what they saw should be a light to all who try to deny the Holocaust. It happened and it should never be forgotten.
"Read before buying"
1. The book is made up of 1 to 3 minute stories each with a citation including name , where the story is from , and the reference id number. The stories are not connected they are just random.
2. This author had access to all of these amazing stories by Holocaust survivors and liberators but instead of exploring the best stories he just took 1-3 minute clips from each person and made a nine hour book out of them. It is a ridiculous book and not worth reading.
"True words from the mouths of Survivors;"
True words from the mouths of Survivors; read for our benefit and our warning of what happens when good men say nothing.
"brings horrible history to life"
Tidbits of stories from survivors and liberators, makes you want to hear more from them.
"Great for reports"
Filled with cited information, this is excellent info for Holocaust reports or learning more about it. For best reading experience, skip to chapter 3
The best one I have listened to so far.
I love the way the stories were presented.
The different voices of the people telling their stories
No, the whole book was one emotional rollercoaster.
Most vignettes are between 1 and 2 minutes. There are no complete stories.
Likely not, the accents are rather hokey.
Not really, just lots of hokey accents
No, but I'm sure more silimar compilation will be created in the future.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and associated programs have the largest archive of survivor stories outside of Tel Aviv, and those resources are wasted here. This book, like the USHMM is a postmodern nihilist anti-reason creation born of the same philosophy that allowed humans to commit these atrocities in the first place. It's purpose is to create simple horror, but what the book actually does is sterilize each memory and turn it into a number.
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