Posts Tagged ‘holocaust’

Title: 48 Hours of Kristallnacht
Author: Mitchell G. Bard, Ph.D.
Genre: World War II, Politics

I have posted a couple of excerpts from this book over the past year or so & it is high time I recommended it to those of you who are interested in what transpired on Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass).

48 Hours of Kristallnacht is the first book to thoroughly chronicle this pivotal event by presenting a wide array of eyewitness testimony, much of it previously unpublished, & to set the event firmly in historical context. Drawing on his unprecedented access to key archives, Dr. Mitchell G. Bard presents a shocking story that centers on the words of those who, as children, were on the scene first-hand. Together, these accounts & Bard’s incisive analysis reveal what led up to the pogroms, how they transpired, & their aftermath – & why the Holocaust can be dated from these two harrowing nights.

Kristallnacht’s new Book of Lamentations. The power of Mitchell Bard’s 48 Hours of Kristallnacht derives from the start & vivid words of German Jewish children who, in a single day, saw their well-ordered world suddenly destroyed by the Nazis’ brutality & by the apathy & silence of their neighbors & classmates.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Mitchell G. Bard’s book, 48 Hours of Kristallnacht can be purchased online via Amazon in hardcover, paperback or for your Kindle.

Type: Documentary
Title: Apocalypse: The Second World War
Category: World War II

Thanks to the efforts of a few, private collectors & archivists, these forgotten films have been rediscovered, restored & made available by National Geographic Channel in an extraordinary six-part series: Apocalypse: The Second World War. In addition to stunning footage, the series presents WW2 in an innovative & provocative way, giving audiences an unprecedented sense of the reality of war not conveyed by black & white footage.

Made up entirely of original 35mm, 16mm & 8mm films, Apocalypse: The Second World War includes rare footage of the Polish officers’ massacre at Katyń, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, the inhumane treatment of French soldiers taken prisoner by the Nazis & the sacrifice of Soviet soldiers at Stalingrad.

By bringing this incredible footage together, Apocalypse: The Second World War provides viewers with a ground-breaking portrait of WW2 that depicts not only its complexity, but the perspectives of both its victims & its victors.

Apocalypse: The Second World War is a six-part documentary consisting of the following episodes:

The Aggression (1933-39): Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V
The Crushing Defeat (1939-40): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V
Shock (1940-41): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V
World Ablaze (1941-42): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
The Great Landing (1942-43): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
Inferno (1944-45): Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Title: Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)
Type: Film
Runtime: 3h 10m 24s
Category: World War II

Anne, along with her family and friends of her family, hid in a secret annex behind her father’s office in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of Holland. She dutifully kept a diary, which became a worldwide bestseller when her father published it in the 1950s. The story has been adapted for television & movies before, but this version, which played on ABC television, moves beyond what Anne wrote, meeting up with the Frank family before Anne receives her diary, & following her past the diary’s last entries into Auschwitz & Birkenau.

Source: Cyberlocker

Title: Science & The Swastika: The Deadly Experiment
Type: Documentary
Category: News, Politics & World War II

How the Third Reich sanitized the atrocities it committed in the guise of science, deploying ambulances to transport the sick at Auschwitz, offering a glimmer of misplaced hope in a terrifyingly efficient killing machine. Ruthlessly ambitious & opportunistic Nazi doctors, including the notorious anthropologist Josef Mengele & gynaecologist Carl Clauberg, followed orders to the letter, using their skills to eradicate people believed to have defective genes, all in the name of the Fatherland.

PLEASE NOTE: This documentary contains incredibly graphic footage.

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY Michael Williams PUBLISHED ON AF-E

A new book reveals how the Kaiser’s Germany used concentration camps in Africa to advance their theories of racial supremacy.

At the new seafront restaurant overlooking the bay in the tiny resort of Luderitz on the coast of Namibia, tourists are invited to sit out on the balcony, where they can dine on the finest South Atlantic seafood accompanied by vintage South African wines as they take in the views over neighbouring Shark Island.

But little do they know the horrific truth about that view, which the tourist guidebooks describe as ‘stunning’. Shark Island, with its picturesque setting, was the site of the world’s first death camp – the German invention that culminated in the Holocaust of World War II, the greatest mass crime of the 20th century.

Three-&-a-half thousand innocent Africans were liquidated here at the hands of the Germans, decades before the rise of Adolf Hitler & the Nazi Party, with the tacit sanction of the German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, & his ministers. [Read more]

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY Georg Bönisch PUBLISHED ON Spiegel Online

The site for the assassination was carefully chosen at a point where a steeply sloping street in Prague’s Libe district made a hairpin turn, forcing approaching cars to slow down considerably. This is precisely what the driver of a heavy convertible Mercedes did as his vehicle climbed toward the curve at approximately 10:30AM on May 27, 1942.

Behind the driver sat his boss, one of Adolf Hitler’s most devoted followers. The man was a veritable Aryan poster boy, tall, blonde & blue-eyed, the ideal image of an SS leader. He was also the person whom one British officer referred to as the “mastermind.”

That man was none other than Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA), the body charged with fighting all “enemies of the Reich” within & outside German borders, & one of the principle organizers of the Holocaust. Just months earlier, he had chaired the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, during which plans for the murder of what would turn out to be approximately 6 million people were discussed.

At the same time, another one of Heydrich’s official positions was that of deputy protector of Bohemia & Moravia, two regions in today’s Czech Republic, where he ruled with an iron fist. In the weeks after he arrived there in 1941, Heydrich ordered more than 400 people killed because he needed his “quiet space.” [Read more]

Documentary: Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State

This 6-part series tells the story of the Auschwitz Death Camp, site of the largest mass murder in history. Writer Laurence Rees & his team interviewed over 100 eyewitnesses, including former Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their story is brought to life through the use of archived footage, recreations of key moments, computer reconstructions based on recently discovered plans of the camp & their testimony.

Episode 1: Surprising Beginnings [View here]
Episode 2: Orders & Initiatives [View here]
Episode 3: Factories of Death [View here]
Episode 4 & 5: Corruption / Murder & Intrigue [View here]
Episode 6: Liberation & Revenge [View here]