Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust : A New History in the Words of the Men and Women Who Survived Paperback
by Lyn Smith
Following the success of Forgotten Voices of the Great War, Lyn Smith visits the oral accounts preserved in the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, to reveal the sheer complexity and horror of one of human history's darkest hours.
The great majority of Holocaust survivors suffered considerable physical and psychological wounds, yet even in this dark time of human history, tales of faith, love and courage can be found.
As well as revealing the story of the Holocaust as directly experienced by victims, these testimonies also illustrate how, even enduring the most harsh conditions, degrading treatment and suffering massive family losses, hope, the will to survive, and the human spirit still shine through.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, 50
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/05/2006
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780091898267
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Review by jbeast
Wow! Just finished this walking down the road on the way to work.I think it's the most complete work I've read on the subject. Includes sections on pre-war experience, ghettos, resistance, camps, death marches, liberation, aftermath. Excellently compiled and gives views of those who were there: Jews and non-Jews, as well as civilians, liberators, soldiers, etc.To me the case study-like approach paints a very thorough picture. At the beginning of each section is a brief historical introduction, though this doesn't labour the point. The words of those involved seem to drip feed the historical context into you, so at the end you feel very well-informed about the events that occurred.Personally I was particularly inspired by the small section right at the end entitled forgiving and forgetting. That so many thousands/millions could have endured this and emerge with their spirit intact, and go on to build normal and largely happy lives, is a great example of the strength of the human psyche.
Review by Kathleen_E
At first I found this book a little hard to read, because rather than present a complete case study it broke them all up into sections so the snippet of case study related to the chapter topic (such as the ghetto or the camps) but soon I found as I read I picked up familiar threads of people’s stories. Once I finished it, I saw how powerful this was of structuring it was and wouldn’t have it any other way. The structure and the voices of the survivors took me through an emotional journey. There was raw emotion in the words, and I don’t mean from flowery language. The most moving entry I found was one line long and very blunt. I could hear it being said in my head, flat and without feeling, yet those twelve words brought me to tears.It was still a hard book to read, not for the reason I first mentioned but because of the emotion that poured out of the pages. That said, I think this is a book everybody NEEDS to read and I am very glad I have read it.