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Summary

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.

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The German death camps and the survivors stories.

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 .

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Their Voices, their Truth.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I think everyone should read this and think of it's implications today.

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

I don't think anyone could listen to this without being emotionally stunned.

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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.

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Not the best if audible books on this subject

Although I have read many books on thus topic, unfortunately I found this difficult to follow

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  • minime
  • 18-04-16

Fascinating and Disturbing

What did you love best about Our Crime Was Being Jewish?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Malk Williams and Fenella Fudge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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

No. You could never digest this in one sitting. It is a book I will listen to more than once.

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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.

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  • A. K. Brewer
  • 01-05-17

Opening eyes a little more

I found out through DNA and process of elimination that my grandfather was Jewish. this piece of information sent me into immersion of the history of the time. I am not certain that this book taught me anything that I didn't already know but hearing it first person was moving and bittetsweet. The only crime a Jew ever committed was being Jewish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-16

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.

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  • Jim
  • 31-08-17

Shocking, sad, a real eye opener!!

It never fails to shock me how horrible we can treat our fellow human beings!
People think it could never happen again, I believe it could happen right here in America!
This is a powerful book that exposes pure evil!

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  • Fantasy Addict 1030
  • 14-05-17

An unapologetic look at a horrible event

What did you love best about Our Crime Was Being Jewish?

How educational it was.

What did you like best about this story?

See above.

What does Malk Williams and Fenella Fudge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A touch of authenticity and another level of emotion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I hate these questionnaires. How could someone NOT find any part of a book of this nature moving?

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I think speaking on how this audiobook made me feel would only sound self-indulgent or ignorant. So what I have to say is if you want to really know, to really understand, what those people went through on every level, this book does that. It’s a simple record. Each anecdote is backed up by a specific file number and reference point. I wanted to learn more, and I think this book deserves, maybe even demands, to be read. It’s the history of a people crying out to be remembered.

Williams and Fudge did an amazing job bringing these records to life. History such as this needs to be remembered.

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  • Margrethe
  • 04-08-15

Moving

Where does Our Crime Was Being Jewish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best one I have listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the way the stories were presented.

What does Malk Williams and Fenella Fudge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The different voices of the people telling their stories

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, the whole book was one emotional rollercoaster.

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Just amazing

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  • Rebecca Anderson
  • 21-08-18

A little disjointed/jumps around but powerful

It was fascinating to hear the survivor’s stories. I have heard some of their stories and some of those I knew were shortened. One thing I wish is that it had been organized in some certain way (either by date, location, etc.) although that may have been for effect. Overall, it is important to hear these stories and recognize what happened during the Holocaust. This audiobook helps to share these stories!

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  • Debra S. Long
  • 16-06-18

I could not finish

I found this so difficult to listen to that i could not finish it. Of course the stories are horrific, of course painful and so hard to look at. I guess what i hoped for was some indication of how people came through it, the triumph of Corrie ten Boom overcoming adversity and terrible trials, but there were no redemptive thoughts encountered at all. I do not Minimize the horror, nor do I assert that it ought not be told, for it MUST be. But somewhere I wanted hope to emerge, somewhere even forgiveness, somewhere the heroic persons who saved Jews, who fought back for the sake of others, who accomplished goodness in the face of unspeakable evil. I did not find it, and eventually could not continue listening. Perhaps one day.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-18

Holocaust

It’s true that one can’t fully understand the horror of the holocaust without first hand experience but these stories will take you as close as you can get to it’s realization. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-17

Heartfelt stories

God bless you all! You all endured so much. I had no idea what really happened growing up but i knew something happened to the Jews. I even saw a few movies back in the day but your personal accounts.... i will never forget..thankyou for your resilience.