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Author Hirsh, Michael, 1943-

Title The liberators : America's witnesses to the Holocaust / Michael Hirsh.

Imprint New York : Bantam Books, 2010.

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 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  940.53185 H615l 2010    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st ed.
Description xvii, 356 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-339) and index.
Contents Introduction: How do you prepare to see that? -- The beginning of the end -- Life and death in Berga -- Incomprehensible -- Springtime for Hitler -- Little boys became men -- Mere death was not bad enough for the Nazis -- Ike knew this would be denied -- Buchenwald : this ain't no place I wanna be -- Gardelegen : even the good Germans had blood on their hands -- Bergen-Belsen -- I start crying and I can't talk any more -- Landsberg : the Kaufering camps -- Dachau : shock beyond belief -- They're killing Jews : who cares? -- Mauthausen : death on the not-so-beautiful brown Danube -- You are still individually and collectively responsible -- After the war, and long after the war.
Summary At last, the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories. Here we meet the brave souls who--now in their eighties and nineties--have chosen at last to share their stories.
At last, the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories. Rich with powerful never-before-published details from the author's interviews with more than 150 U.S. soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps, The Liberators is an essential addition to the literature of World War II--and a stirring testament to Allied courage in the face of inconceivable atrocities. Taking us from the beginnings of the liberators' final march across Germany to V-E Day and beyond, Michael Hirsh allows us to walk in their footsteps, experiencing the journey as they themselves experienced it. But this book is more than just an in-depth account of the liberation. It reveals how profoundly these young men were affected by what they saw--the unbelievable horror and pathos they felt upon seeing "stacks of bodies like cordwood" and "skeletonlike survivors" in camp after camp. That life-altering experience has stayed with them to this very day. It's been well over half a century since the end of World War II, and they still haven't forgotten what the camps looked like, how they smelled, what the inmates looked like, and how it made them feel. Many of the liberators suffer from what's now called post-traumatic stress disorder and still experience Holocaust-related nightmares. Here we meet the brave souls who--now in their eighties and nineties--have chosen at last to share their stories. Corporal Forrest Robinson saw masses of dead bodies at Nordhausen and was so horrified that he lost his memory for the next two weeks. Melvin Waters, a 4-F volunteer civilian ambulance driver, recalls that a woman at Bergen-Belsen "fought us like a cat because she thought we were taking her to the crematory." Private Don Timmer used his high school German to interpret for General Dwight Eisenhower during the supreme Allied commander's visit to Ohrdruf, the first camp liberated by the Americans. And Phyllis Lamont Law, an army nurse at Mauthausen-Gusen, recalls the shock and, ultimately, "the hope" that "you can save a few." From Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany to Mauthausen in Austria, The Liberators offers readers an intense and unforgettable look at the Nazi death machine through the eyes of the men and women who were our country's witnesses to the Holocaust. The liberators' recollections are historically important, vivid, riveting, heartbreaking, and, on rare occasions, joyous and uplifting. This book is their opportunity, perhaps for the last time, to tell the world. -- Publisher description
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Liberation.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Germany.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Austria.
Concentration camps -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Concentration camps -- Austria -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
Soldiers -- United States -- Interviews.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives.
Liberty. (OCoLC)fst00997251
Atrocities. (OCoLC)fst00820727
Concentration camps. (OCoLC)fst00872933
Soldiers. (OCoLC)fst01125233
Austria. (OCoLC)fst01204901
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
US-Soldat (DE-588)4218436-8
Befreiung (DE-588)4124630-5
Concentratiekampen.
Bevrijding (Tweede Wereldoorlog)
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Jewish Holocaust (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst00958866
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Interviews. (OCoLC)fst01423832
Personal narratives. (OCoLC)fst01423843
Personal narratives -- American. (OCoLC)fst01424071
Interviews.
Personal narratives.
Added Author Mazal Holocaust Collection. TxSaTAM
ISBN 9780553807561
0553807560

 
    
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