Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees

By Laurence Rees

Auschwitz-Birkenau is the location of the biggest mass homicide in human heritage. but its tale isn't absolutely recognized. In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees unearths new insights from greater than a hundred unique interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who converse at the checklist for the 1st time. Their tales offer a portrait of the interior workings of the camp in unrivalled detail—from the strategies of mass homicide, to the politics and gossip mill that grew to become among guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel within which the traces among these guards and prisoners grew to become unusually blurred.

Rees examines the strategic judgements that led the Nazi management to prescribe Auschwitz as its fundamental website for the extinction of Europe's Jews—their "Final Solution." He concludes that some of the horrors that have been perpetrated in Auschwitz have been pushed not only by way of ideological inevitability yet as a "practical" reaction to a struggle within the East that had began to head improper for Germany. A poor immoral pragmatism characterizes the various judgements that decided what occurred at Auschwitz. therefore the tale of the camp turns into a morality story, too, within which evil is proven to continue in a chain of deft, virtually noiseless incremental steps until eventually it produces the overpowering horror of the economic scale slaughter that was once inflicted within the gasoline chambers of Auschwitz.

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The  asked that a mission of Jewish representatives be allowed to visit the camps and that an additional group of volunteers be allowed to work there for a period of two or three months. For the Board of Deputies of British Jews (), the recognized representative body of British Jewish community visà-vis the British government, it was almost incomprehensible that after their liberation displaced Jews of German and non-German origin were kept in the very camps in which they had been incarcerated by the Nazis and where they received food rations lower than those allocated to the Germans.

Aware of Whitehall’s contrary position, Byrnes not for the first time preferred to confront the British with a fait accompli rather than to open the decision to debate. By mid-April, Byrnes informed President Truman that the Departments of State and War had decided to close down the DP camps. ’’ By closing the camps in summer, he added, the Allies would be giving the DPs several months to make their arrangements before the onset of the winter. 25 Unlike his cabinet secretaries and army officers, however, Truman could not ignore the opinions of interest groups among the American public.

1 ‘‘Like All Others’’ The Allies’ displaced persons policy contained no special guidelines for Jewish survivors, except that Jewish nationals of all former enemy countries could claim the same treatment accorded to DPs from the Allied nations. The attitude was that Jews, like all other DPs, ought to return to their countries of origin and pick up their lives there as soon as possible. Very quickly, however, and against its will, London found itself facing the question of a separate policy toward the Jewish DPs.

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