✓ The Holocaust: A New History || ✓ PDF Read by ✓ Laurence Rees

By Laurence Rees | Comments: ( 728 ) | Date: ( Jun 01, 2020 )

This book answers two fundamental questions about the Holocaust How, and why, did it happen Laurence Rees masterpiece is revealing in three ways First, it is based not only on the latest academic research, but also on 25 years of interviewing survivors and perpetrators, often at the sites of the events, many of whom have never had their words published before Second, tThis book answers two fundamental questions about the Holocaust How, and why, did it happen Laurence Rees masterpiece is revealing in three ways First, it is based not only on the latest academic research, but also on 25 years of interviewing survivors and perpetrators, often at the sites of the events, many of whom have never had their words published before Second, the book is not just about the Jews the Nazis would have murdered many non Jews had they won the war and not just about Germans Third, as Rees shows, there was no single decision to start the Holocaust there was a series of escalations, most often when the Nazi leadership interacted with their grassroots supporters.Through a chronological narrative, featuring the latest historical research and compelling eyewitness testimony, this is the story of the worst crime in history.

  • Title: The Holocaust: A New History
  • Author: Laurence Rees
  • ISBN: 9780241297001
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Laurence Rees

In addition to writing, Rees has also produced films about World War II for the BBC.In New York in January 2009, Laurence was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by History Makers , the worldwide congress of History and Current Affairs programme makersIn 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate DUniv by The Open University UK.

Comments The Holocaust: A New History

  • Susan

    I have a real interest in WWII and, as such, have been meaning to read something by Laurence Rees, one of the foremost experts in this area, for some time. Having finally taken the plunge, I started with his latest book, “The Holocaust,” a subject which there have been so many books about that perhaps you may ask what there is to say that is new. However, Rees takes a slightly different slant on the subject – asking major questions, ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ the Holocaust happened and util [...]

  • Leo Robertson

    Of all the books in the airport, there were only two I wanted to read on my journey back from Glasgow to Oslo.(I'd like to point out that in my suitcase I had maybe 100 secondhand books I'd picked up from charity shops over Xmas, but didn't want to spoil the opportunity to buy a new book, so I took none of them :P)One was "How to Survive a Plague", the new book about the AIDS crisis—but see, I'd already ordered that and knew I had it waiting for me at the Oslo office this morning (which I did! [...]

  • Omar Ali

    Historian Laurence Rees has spent a lifetime studying the Holocaust, and it shows in this book. This is a very readable (and horrifying) retelling that begins in post-WWI Germany and details all the steps in the somewhat haphazard but ultimately effective process that led to the most horrifying mass murder in history.The holocaust was not the largest genocide in history in terms of death toll (estimates and definitions vary, so it hard to say with certainty) but Rees makes the case (and I think [...]

  • Jonny Ruddock

    The fruits of a quarter century of research and interviews with victims, perpetrators and witnesses had produced a thought provoking, readable account of the Third Reich's hatred, persecution and war on the Jewish population of Europe. While there's little new information on offer, you are invited to rethink your views on the events and the chaotic, haphazard manner of implementation of supposed 'policy' is laid bare, together with some very uncomfortable truths about the nature and scope of ant [...]

  • Tariq Mahmood

    The Nazis actually blamed Western democracies of not doing enough to tackle their Jewish problem. How could they accept the western high moral stance when they were equally responsible for racial segregation in their own countries and colonies?They also used the Jewish issue as a common denominator to forge common ties with any country wanting to deal with their own Jewish menace. The west was blackmailed on their moral higher stance, if Germany went to war than the Jews would pay a high price, [...]

  • Cj Dufficy

    The greatest lesson we have learned, that should have been self-evident from the start, we are in this together, whatever this is. I would call this a brilliantly crafted narrative that really does everything Lawrence Rees wanted it to do. How a premise such as the Nazi's provided for their desired actions got a foothold in society can only really be explained by the incremental steps posited in Holocaust. If someone were to propose the extinction of a subset of Europe because the Ukrainian peas [...]

  • Steve Roberts

    I thought I knew something about The Holocaust but having just finished this new history I now realise I was only partly aware of the full, horrific story. The way the Western powers (including Britain) tried to avoid taking Jewish refugees in the late 30's with the argument that this would open the flood gates has some alarming parallels with today's news about Syrian refugee children. This book should be compulsory reading for everyone.

  • Ram

    An excellent history of the Holocaust.Clearly written, with many examples, witness testimonies and analysis. At the center stands the question of how the Holocaust happened. For Rees, there was nothing inevitable about it. While Hitler was an exceptionally vicious anti-Semite from the start of his political career – calling for the “uncompromising removal” of Jews as early as 1919 – he had no master plan for murder. Nazi policy followed a twisted road, with plenty of stops, starts and tu [...]

  • Jonathan

    This is a clear and accessible single volume history of the Holocaust which probably isn’t in depth enough to do much more than provide a high level overview, amounting to little more than a chronological list of events and quite shallow analysis.The main difference between this and other books on the subject are the years that Rees has spent accumulating eye witness testimony from hundreds of different sources. This is what drew me to read it in the first place. I thought the testimony would [...]

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  • Zan

    Really gives great insight and in-depth knowledge of why, how and who was involved in the holocaust as a whole. Shocking to read how many countries played a role, even indirectly in the atrocities that befell innocent people. Also insightful to learn how many countries were actually anti-Semitic during the time from the first world war. I applaud Laurence Rees for this book, and how much time went into the research to write this book

  • Seylene D

    He tells the stories in periodical order and by locations which facilitate the reading. Hatred, fear, and racial discrimination bring about disasters. But I so wonder why sense of guilts didn't prevail?

  • Rui

    The Holocaust takes you through the process that led to the death of more than 6 million people in nazi concentration camps. In between the pages you also get a feeling of the attitude of several allied countries regarding the problem of jewish refugees. It is easy to compare with the present attitude of many countries twoards the problem of middle eastern refugees. It looks like we did not evolve a lot since WWII in that respect. Other people suffering still is other people problem and is easie [...]

  • Peter Mendrela

    Laurence Rees’ Holocaust is a work of consummate clarity, conviction, and pathos. But Rees’ greatest contribution is the relentless juxtaposing of the ostensibly civilized, educated, and self-avowed ethical men deciding what they deem best for their country with the ineffable suffering they inflict on those they perceive as their ideological and racial enemies. This is not – it must be stressed – just another book about the Holocaust. This is a veritable feat of historical necromancy. Fo [...]

  • Speesh

    Calling the Holocaust a 'crime,' doesn't really seem to me to do it justice. It was much more than that. I'm no expert on the subject, though I have read a couple of books that take in the Holocaust as a whole - this one now, and Martin Gilbert's incredible Holocaust - and I have, of course, come across shorter histories in other books about the Second World War. What was interesting about this one, something that linked in with the later chapters of Richard J. Evans' utterly incredible The Thi [...]

  • Hayley

    There are many books that follow the influential decision that created mass genocide during the 1940’s which we now call the Holocaust but no book ever really questions the decisions made and looks at how the Holocaust actually happened. At the beginning of the book, Rees sets out his goal for the following text. He wants to question “why?” and “how?” which are fundamental questions in trying to understand how mass murder could actually occur. Rees used 25 years of research and intervi [...]

  • Maksym Chornyi

    “The Holocaust: A new story” resembles a matter of 25-year studying have been performing by Laurence Rees as a historian, author and supervisor of the BBC documentaries on the Second World War and the Holocaust. New book summarizes a majority of facts, previously studied within Auschwitz and The Nazis: A Warning from History, including some particular testimonies. Laurence Rees has made himself an ambitious challenge to conclude all acknowledged documents and facts, post-war trials, testimon [...]

  • Erika

    From the book exchange at a hostel in Mostar. It's quite a heavy book, so not really appropriate for backpacking, but it was a valuable read to further contextualise the recent history of many of the countries I have travelled around this year, including Germany, Hungary and countries in the former Yugoslavia.It is a comprehensive examination of how the Holocaust occurred, with seamless integration of eyewitness testimony (intriguingly, both from victims and perpetrators - a unique point of diff [...]

  • Chuck

    If you get squeamish talking about harsh reality or overly angered by injustice and inhumanity, then ignore this book. But, if you are willing to listen to the testimonies of the few survivors of the Holocaust, reflect on the rantings of Hitler and his Nazi comrades, and can handle your frustration at the callous, apathetic responses of the rest of the world, this book will inform, fascinate, educate and challenge you.Rees has spent decades researching, visiting the sites that remain, interviewi [...]

  • Tyler

    Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees is an account, in chronological order, of the how and why it happened. It's a "new history" as it has many witnesses' accounts previously unpublished.Very enlightening but ultimately depressing that human beings can do this to other human beings. But enlightening in that there were a multitude of reasons as to why it happened, quite a few I didn't realise - like just how deep-seated antisemitism was at that time in many European countries (not just Germa [...]

  • Steve

    Absolutely brilliant. I've not read a "complete" history of the Haulocaust before. Laurence Rees writes clearly, straight to the point, and without sensationalism. He provides enlightening insights into the deep origins of the Holocaust -- why and how it happened. Anti-Semitism was a phenomenon that ran deep around the world at the time. I found it deeply disturbing, of course. It's almost impossible to get one's head around what happened during the Holocaust and how something so horrifying coul [...]

  • Melinda

    Sometimes a book comes along that is so magnificent that it defies words. I think this may be that book. Truly brilliant writing and research. Truly revolting subject matter. History, first hand accounts, archival recordswoven together to tell a horrifying tale of craziness, sadism, cruelty, adversity, violence, disgust and true evil. this is what humans can do to each otherd sadly, this really happened. Reading these stark words - it’s hard to believe that there are people who endured this. I [...]


    This is an historical book that switch from time to time from the chronological order of situations to include the ethical and moral stance of people interviewed on the events that were taking places. It took me ages to read it all, mostly because from the ~middle on, stories were really hard for me to read. The infinite sadness. Questo é un libro di storia che a volte, diciamo molte volte, passa da un racconto che cronologicamente spiega, o almeno cerca di spiegare, l'evoluzione (anche folle) [...]

  • Judi

    After visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau, I was left with many questions: how could this happen? What else was going on to keep this horror in motion? This book is a masterpiece written by an expert of this time period. It is a chronological, very readable account which traces every aspect of this time period in Europe. The reader is taken from 1919 to the end of World War II with many never before published interviews and information. If you have any interest in this time period and how the Holoca [...]

  • Nicholas Smith

    This is a good single volume history of the Holocaust and would be of real value to those who did not have much background to the subject. For me, however, this didn't have the same impact as either 'The Nazis - A warning from history' or the book on Auschwitz, perhaps because I had read these before this volume and much of the content and argument is naturally repeated. That said, this remains powerful and poignant and the wealth of oral material that has been collected will become more and mor [...]

  • Patricia

    This book is not casual reading. It is over 500 pages, well documented and took years to write. There are details about the history of that horrible time in history that I have never seen before. It still makes me wonder what people saw in that insane demon, Adolph Hitler. I was raised Catholic but my grandfather was Jewish and I never understood the hatred towards the Jews. I guess it can never be explained although the author does go in more detail about it. This book is a must read for anyone [...]

  • Mark

    This was an excellent, clear and well-written account of the Holocaust. No matter how many times one reads about these events, their sheer horror never diminishes. The book also makes clear that while there have been many instances of genocide over history, the Holocaust stands alone in its systematic nature.

  • Danielle Davies

    A superb comprehensive history of how the Holocaust came to be. Teaching me new things that I didn't know after two years study of Nazi Germany history. Not only is it comprehensive and historically accurate, it's accessible and benefits from the anecdotes of the survivors adding a more personal touch.

  • Kevin O'Donnell

    This is an incredible achievement. Based on 25 years worth of work with holocaust survivors, camp guards, kapos and others. So well written - very accessible and clear. I read this from start to finish in three days. It highlights how Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe were caught in a relentless downward spiral of circular logic. Thoughtful and horrifying.

  • Naomi

    Amazing insight into the history of the Holocaust, most notably the years before the war in which Hitler's rise to power and his thinking were discussed in depth.Particularly impressed with the detail of events during the war, and the amount of testimonies which really made this book so honest and harrowing.

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