Narrator Gary Dikeos maintains an objective, journalistic tone throughout his performance that still manages to sensitively convey the heart-wrenching suffering of the victims from a lost chapter in Holocaust history. Eighteen months before the end of World War II, two years before the start of the Nuremberg trials, three Nazi officers and a Ukrainian collaborator were convicted of war crimes and hanged in Kharkov. Dikeos' narration is fluid, keeping the book from sinking into darkness - and many of the stories here are dark, indeed. Kharkov was the site of the beginning of the Holocaust, and yet it has been largely ignored in popular Holocaust history. This gripping audiobook is sure to correct that.
Here is the story of the forgotten Kharkov trials, which sought justice for the thousands killed in the Ukraine two years prior to the infamous Nuremberg trial.
When people think of the Holocaust, they think of Auschwitz, of Dachau; and when they think of justice for this terrible chapter in history, they think of Nuremberg. Not of Russia or the Ukraine, and certainly not a town called Kharkov. But in reality, the first war-crimes trial against the Nazis was in this idyllic, peaceful Ukrainian city, which is fitting, because it is also where the Holocaust actually began.
Revealing a lost chapter in Holocaust historiography, Judgment Before Nuremberg tells the story of Dawson’s journey to this place, to the scene of the crime, and the discovery of the trial which began the tortuous process of avenging the murder of his grandparents, great-grandparents, and tens of thousands of fellow Ukrainians consumed at the dawn of the Shoah, a moment and crime now largely cloaked in darkness.
Eighteen months before the end of World War II - two full years before the opening statement by the prosecution at Nuremberg - three Nazi officers and a Ukrainian collaborator were tried and convicted of war crimes and hung in Kharkov’s public square. The trial is symbolic of the larger omission of Ukraine from the popular history of the Holocaust - another deep irony as most of the first of the six million perished in Ukraine long before Hitler and his lieutenants even decided on the formalities of the Final Solution.
©2012 Greg Dawson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"Hugely Important Story Damaged by Bad Writing."
The thing that many disliked, the reading, seemed largely OK to me. Sadly it is the writing which is badly flawed. It seems disrespectful to quibble over details because the subject matter is so awful. Sadly, for me, the author blows the opportunity to write a great, best seller. Which would have put the information, that the Holocaust actually started in Ukraine where atrocities and crimes against humanity were at least as bad as in Poland or Germany, before the eyes of the world. The story of his mother's escape would be a powerful one but the repetitions and the lack of linearity make the work hard to listen to.
One annoying repetition was the constant mention of his and his mother's first book, 'Hiding in the Spotlight'. It seemed hat the author was so intent on advertising the earlier book, that he spoiled this one.
"wonderful story, but narration one of the worst"
I would read other books by Greg but not narrated by this other guy.
If you are going to have a narrator with a weird foreign-sounding accent it's better to use that narrator fro foreign language books. It's so annoying also to hear Barbarossa pronounced as Barbaroasa about 100 times, barely better than listening to text-to-speech. If I had had to pay for this narration I wouldn't have bought it.
It's fine as it is
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