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Summary

Narrated by actor Jonathan Keebles, this brilliantly researched tome on the Holocaust incorporates the most up-to-date research with interviews and first-hand accounts. This is a thoughtful account of a shameful period in world history.

This landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history: how and why did the Holocaust happen?

Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Now, in his magnum opus, he combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals the inner machinations of the Nazi state and shows how there was no single decision to start the Holocaust; instead, a series of escalations cumulatively created the horror.

Through a chronological, intensely gripping narrative featuring the latest historical research and enthralling eyewitness testimony, this is the compelling story of humanity's lowest point.

©2017 Laurence Rees (P)2017 Penguin

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Holocaust - A masterly telling

Where does The Holocaust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the finest audio history books I have listened to. Totally engaging. A clear and measured account of the darkest error of western European history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Holocaust?

This does not really apply. The whole book is a highlight.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mr Keeble is a masterly narrater. Vocally clear and engaged with the text, a model of the professional readers art. Quotes from holocaust survivors are read with character, without a trace of caricature.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. The text is too long and the subject matter means that I for one needed some respite.

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History Repeats Itself ?

As I enjoy history books, there isn't anything in particular I dislike about the book. It is a timely reminder of how human beings can allow themselves to believe demagoguery when they benefit from it at someone else's expense ( Jews, Poles, everyone not considered racially superior). It is an extremely well researched book, with accounts from individuals who were there. Even though everyone knows about the extermination of European Jewry, the level of Nazi anti Jewish sentiment made me feel physically sick. The level of collusion
To formulate extermination very frightening indeed. In current times we need to remember for evil to succeed all it takes is people doing nothing.


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Astonishing Piece Of Work

I've read and watched Laurence Rees's work about the ' Final Solution ' which was made by the BBC and is on Netflix as a 6 part documentary. This book is 25 years of work combined into as the author correctly states ' A New History '.

We all know about the atrocities of the Holocaust and how the sick, elderly, disables and Jews were persecuted. This book is a little different, though it does highlight the atrocities of that period it actually takes the readers into the mechanics of how and why the Holocaust came about.

I've actually ordered and received 2 other books by the author and a couple more books about this subject as even after reading and watching things about the Holocaust I still can't understand how one deluded maniac could influence a nation of people to rally against a race that Hitler blamed for the Germans losing the First World War.

Highly recommend this book for people who would like to know how this all came about and why it is still important to this day to keep this dark episode of the 20th Century open for future generations to learn from.

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wow

Amazing. Terrifying. An insight like none I've read or watched before.
The narrator is, I feel, a good choice. He brings a level of intensity and care to a telling of this history that is respectful.

The book itself is well paced, indepth and compelling to listen to.
The author presents the research, backed up by citing documents and interviews, in a chronological way. He gives his opinions and shows why he came to those conclusions.

If you want a broader (in the sensw that it covers a larger time scale) knowledge of the acts that took place in this dark area of our recent history, that is also full of detail this is definitely a good book to try

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  • paul
  • WORTHING, United Kingdom
  • 11-04-17

painfullly compulsive

JK is probably the best narrator in audible and i am drawn to books he covers as i find him an easy listen - he does a first class job here as did the author who's strength in assembling material is astounding . . at points i had to stop listening as the content is so dark and shows the depths of depravity to which the human mind can sink . but i also felt an obligation to get through the book as my modem sacrifice does not even scratch the surface of the suffering of millions for the sake of the deviant ideology .

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Gripping and fascinating read.

Lawrence Rees has written an incredible poignant, moving, insightful book detailing a new history of the holocaust thats maps out if existence and those who participated and suffered at the hands of it. I was gripped from start to finish. 5 Stars...It is also superbly read by Jonathan Keeble who adds the right tone and voice to the subject matter.

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Incredible book

I thought I knew about the horrendous events of the Holocaust but I was so wrong. This book has explained so much about the events leading up to this inhuman murderous part of WW2. So many people from so many parts of our world, I still trying to get my head around it. This book has given me a much clearer idea of what really happened, thank you.

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Very revealing and very disturbing

In reading this very disturbing book it was the casual ordinariness of the nazis when deciding the fate of other human beings. Never again we say but there are indicators in this fine book that indicates that it can happen all too easily again..

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  • MR
  • Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
  • 14-03-18

The Holocaust: A (not so) New History

THE HOLOCAUST--A NEW HISTORY is really a bit of a misleading, or unearned, title; Anyone familiar with the author's previous work on the holocaust (for example, the BBC's excellent The Nazis: A warning from history & Auschwitz: The nazis and the final solution) will find material being repeated verbatim here.
In this book the author goes deep into the history, exploring the reasons behind anti-semetism in Europe and the rise of national socialism in a bitter, defeated Germany, through the oppression and appalling extermination of millions of jews, roma, intellectuals, homosexuals and russian prisoners of war with help from collaborators and even ideological enemies.
A few surprising facts raised my eyebrows whilst listening to this audiobook, such as Italy's attitude to handing its jewish citizens to its axis ally; hypocrisy of leading nazis like Joseph Goebbels, and Himmler's ultimate bald-faced cheek as the end of the war approached.
Exploring the grimmest chapter in modern human history and an appalling crime against humanity and human decency, this audiobook, despite some previously published content seeping in, is fascinating and informative and kept me engaged for every minute of its 20+ hour run time. I thoroughly recommend it.

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Staggering book

If you could sum up The Holocaust in three words, what would they be?

Horrifying, compelling Staggering

What other book might you compare The Holocaust to, and why?

I have read other books on WW2 but none like this - maybe some horrific fiction book

Have you listened to any of Mr Jonathan Keeble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to any of his other stuff but I thought he did a great job with this

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Let this never happen again

Any additional comments?

Hopefully in the days of instant news this can never happen again though with regimes like Mugabe still going on it appears we are not learning lessons. I'm not sure how much WW2 means to young people these days but maybe this book should be taught to them so they can learn especially in the current political climate and the rise of the racists

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  • Woody
  • 22-02-18

Excellent, balanced view of a book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Holocaust to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

That it touches on all of the Holocaust, not one work, or death camp. It provides the links between the perpetrators and their actions, but totally avoids sensationalising the history

Have you listened to any of Mr Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he was excellent. Very clear, and seemed to have a tone that was respectful and sympathetic of the subject matter.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No