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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 Now, in his magnum opus, he combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades.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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Excellent, balanced view of a book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Holocaust to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

That it touches on all of the Holocaust, not one work, or death camp. It provides the links between the perpetrators and their actions, but totally avoids sensationalising the history

Have you listened to any of Mr Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he was excellent. Very clear, and seemed to have a tone that was respectful and sympathetic of the subject matter.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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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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  • Paul C
  • 01-03-18

Astonishing Piece Of Work

I've read and watched Laurence Rees's work about the ' Final Solution ' which was made by the BBC and is on Netflix as a 6 part documentary. This book is 25 years of work combined into as the author correctly states ' A New History '.

We all know about the atrocities of the Holocaust and how the sick, elderly, disables and Jews were persecuted. This book is a little different, though it does highlight the atrocities of that period it actually takes the readers into the mechanics of how and why the Holocaust came about.

I've actually ordered and received 2 other books by the author and a couple more books about this subject as even after reading and watching things about the Holocaust I still can't understand how one deluded maniac could influence a nation of people to rally against a race that Hitler blamed for the Germans losing the First World War.

Highly recommend this book for people who would like to know how this all came about and why it is still important to this day to keep this dark episode of the 20th Century open for future generations to learn from.

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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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  • Mr. R. J. King
  • 08-24-17

Great book but a hard subject

This is an excellent book, full of great detail and first hand accounts of works changing events. It goes into unflinching detail about what happened in places like Auschwitz and Sobibór, so is necessarily a hard listen, but worth it to understand what lead to the Holocaust.

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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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  • 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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  • YVONNE TRAYNOR
  • 10-13-18

Lest we forget!

Distressing, sickening and unimaginable but everyone should read this factual account that sent millions to a horror only nightmares are made of.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-13-18

Harrowing

This book is not a novel but a history we can all learn much from

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  • r100gser
  • 07-24-18

A terryfing clarity of the Holocaust

The narration by Johnathan Keeble good, he is one of my favourite story tellers.
I bought this book thinking it was along the lines of - The Auschwitz tattooist and other books of the same type - however it is far more informative than that.
This is a book that describes how the political and some public opinion of the time created the Holocaust, by giving a sort of history of the development of the camps, and the parts countries other than Germany played in events. And also it informs on the German industries part in the horrors.
It goes a long way to describing what the awful combination of greed, corruption, bigotry, ignorance, fascism and a belief in eugenics "achieved"
Overall it is a very sobering, informative and interesting book

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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.

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  • steve
  • 06-13-18

Very informative.

Good account with lots of good information. Most nazi germany histories include a lot of this info but it's good to read a book exclusively focused on this one aspect.

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  • Daniel
  • 03-28-18

Excellent historical account, very engaging

If you could sum up The Holocaust in three words, what would they be?

Very well researched and eloquently told, this is fantastic account of the atrocities of the Holocaust and how it came to be. Was absolutely galling to listen to at times, but that's the point of educating yourself about this ghastly crime against humanity. Particularly engaging for a newbie to this historical event.