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Author: Laurence Rees Narrator: Eric Vale Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781478988458
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In June 1944, Freda Wineman and her family arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration and death camp. After a cursory look from an SS doctor, Freda’s life was spared and her mother was sent to the gas chambers. Freda only survived because the Allies won the war—the Nazis ultimately wanted every Jew to die. Her mother was one of millions who lost their lives because of a racist regime that believed that some human beings simply did not deserve to live—not because of what they had done, but because of who they were.

Laurence Rees has spent twenty-five years meeting the survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. In this sweeping history, he combines this testimony with the latest academic research to investigate how history’s greatest crime was possible. Rees argues that while hatred of the Jews was at the epicenter of Nazi thinking, we cannot fully understand the Holocaust without considering Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals that there was no single overarching blueprint for the Holocaust. Instead, a series of escalations compounded into the horror. Though Hitler was most responsible for what happened, the blame is widespread, Rees reminds us, and the effects are enduring.

The Holocaust: A New History is an accessible yet authoritative account of this terrible crime. A chronological, intensely readable narrative, this is a compelling exposition of humanity’s darkest moment.

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  • “Anyone wanting a compelling, highly readable explanation of how and why the Holocaust happened…look no further than Rees’ brilliant book.”

    Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, author of To Hell and Back

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About the Author

Laurence Rees has won the British Book Award for History Book of the Year 2006 for his international bestseller Auschwitz: The Nazis and the ‘Final Solution’. His career as a writer and filmmaker, focusing on the Nazis and World War II, stretches back nearly twenty years and includes the acclaimed television series Nazis: A Warning from History, War of the Century, Horror in the East, and, most recently, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the ‘Final Solution’. The body of work has won him a myriad of awards including a BAFTA, a Grierson Award, and an international Documentary Award. He was educated at Solihull School and Oxford University and is Creative Director of BBC TV History programs.