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This landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history: how and why did the Holocaust happen?

Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Now, in his magnum opus, he combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well. He also reveals the inner machinations of the Nazi state and shows how there was no single decision to start the Holocaust; instead, a series of escalations cumulatively created the horror.

Through a chronological, intensely gripping narrative featuring the latest historical research and enthralling eyewitness testimony, this is the compelling story of humanity's lowest point.

©2017 Laurence Rees (P)2017 Penguin

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  • Rathelstan
  • 02-28-17

Holocaust - A masterly telling

Where does The Holocaust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the finest audio history books I have listened to. Totally engaging. A clear and measured account of the darkest error of western European history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Holocaust?

This does not really apply. The whole book is a highlight.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mr Keeble is a masterly narrater. Vocally clear and engaged with the text, a model of the professional readers art. Quotes from holocaust survivors are read with character, without a trace of caricature.

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

No. The text is too long and the subject matter means that I for one needed some respite.

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  • Nanbar3
  • 02-10-17

History Repeats Itself ?

As I enjoy history books, there isn't anything in particular I dislike about the book. It is a timely reminder of how human beings can allow themselves to believe demagoguery when they benefit from it at someone else's expense ( Jews, Poles, everyone not considered racially superior). It is an extremely well researched book, with accounts from individuals who were there. Even though everyone knows about the extermination of European Jewry, the level of Nazi anti Jewish sentiment made me feel physically sick. The level of collusion
To formulate extermination very frightening indeed. In current times we need to remember for evil to succeed all it takes is people doing nothing.


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  • andrew
  • 02-23-17

Gripping and fascinating read.

Lawrence Rees has written an incredible poignant, moving, insightful book detailing a new history of the holocaust thats maps out if existence and those who participated and suffered at the hands of it. I was gripped from start to finish. 5 Stars...It is also superbly read by Jonathan Keeble who adds the right tone and voice to the subject matter.

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  • Sparky89
  • 03-02-17

wow

Amazing. Terrifying. An insight like none I've read or watched before.
The narrator is, I feel, a good choice. He brings a level of intensity and care to a telling of this history that is respectful.

The book itself is well paced, indepth and compelling to listen to.
The author presents the research, backed up by citing documents and interviews, in a chronological way. He gives his opinions and shows why he came to those conclusions.

If you want a broader (in the sensw that it covers a larger time scale) knowledge of the acts that took place in this dark area of our recent history, that is also full of detail this is definitely a good book to try

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  • paul
  • 04-11-17

painfullly compulsive

JK is probably the best narrator in audible and i am drawn to books he covers as i find him an easy listen - he does a first class job here as did the author who's strength in assembling material is astounding . . at points i had to stop listening as the content is so dark and shows the depths of depravity to which the human mind can sink . but i also felt an obligation to get through the book as my modem sacrifice does not even scratch the surface of the suffering of millions for the sake of the deviant ideology .

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  • Mr
  • 12-08-17

Stunning

An excellent deeply rewarding listen. Informative, emotional but very well researched and read. A must listen for anyone who has even a remote interest in this dark period of human history.

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  • Mr StuartC67
  • 11-23-17

Compelling

The history of the mass murderer of millions. A moving and thought provoking book well read. A story of how man can be so ruthless to his fellow man , woman and child.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-17

A full account!

was detailed and comprehensive. great combination of literary sources Vs personal accounts. a horrendous story of the shameful depths of society and individuals, interwoven with examples of bravery, compassion and unimaginable strength. everyone should know the unrivalled horrors that happened in our recent history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-17

Powerful and sometimes hard to listen to...

Very well narrated, a comprehensive history of these awful events. Includes a detailed appraisal of the history of Hitler’s ideology leading up to the holocaust.

Fully Recommended to those interested in this part of history, and also to those that didn’t think they were.....

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  • Mr. Grahamdalton
  • 09-26-17

Very good book

Very interesting and told story about holocaust . The reader who was Jonathan Keeble may it very interesting.The book written by Laurence Rees write story in history very well.

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  • Ben
  • 06-29-17

A powerful book

This is an important and powerful book that does an amazing job drawing out the complex underpinnings of the holocaust with a wealth research and eye witness testimony.