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Remembering survival : inside a Nazi slave-labor camp / Christopher R. Browning.

By: Browning, Christopher R.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2010Edition: 1st ed.Description: xxii, 375 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780393070194; 0393070190; 9780393338874; 0393338878.Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) | World War (1939-1945) | Arbeitslager Starachowice | Starachowice -- Arbeitslager | Starachowice (Concentration camp) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Poland -- Starachowice | Forced labor -- Poland -- Starachowice -- History -- 20th century | Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Starachowice | Jews -- Poland -- Starachowice -- History -- 20th century | Nazis -- Poland -- Starachowice -- History -- 20th century | Wierzbnik (Starachowice, Poland) -- History -- 20th century | Starachowice (Poland) -- History -- 20th century | Holocaust survivors -- Poland -- Starachowice -- Biography | Wierzbnik (Starachowice, Poland) -- Biography | Starachowice (Poland) -- Biography | Concentration camps | Forced labor | Holocaust survivors | Jews | Nazis | Poland -- Starachowice | Poland -- Wierzbnik (Starachowice) | Juden | Wierzbnik | Starachowice | Arbeitslager | Juden | Starachowice | Juden | Koncentrationsläger | Historia | Tvångsarbete | Polen -- Starachowice | Polen -- Wierzbnik | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons | Forced labor -- Starachowice (Poland) -- History | Holocaust, 1939-1945 -- Starachowice (Poland) | Jews -- Starachowice (Poland) -- History | Nazis -- History | Wierzbnik (Starachowice, Poland) -- History | Starachowice (Poland) -- History | Holocaust survivors -- Starachowice (Poland) -- Biography | Wierzbnik (Starachowice, Poland) -- Biography | Starachowice (Poland) -- Biography | világháború, II. -- Lengyelország | Geschichte | Geschichte 1939-1945 | 1900-1999 | Geschichte 1939-1944 | Geschichte | 1939-1945 (andra världskriget)Genre/Form: Biography. | History. | Biographies.DDC classification: 940.53/1853845 Other classification: h 37.8 | k 77 | BD 7100 | NQ 2350 | NQ 2360 | NY 8000 | 7,41 | 8
Contents:
pt. 1. The Jews of Wierzbnik -- The prewar Jewish community of Wierzbnik-Starachowice -- The outbreak of war -- The early months of German occupation -- The Judenrat -- The German occupiers in Wierzbnik-Starachowice -- Coping with adversity in Wierzbnik, 1940-1942 -- pt. 2. The destruction of the Wierzbnik ghetto -- Wierzbnik on the eve of destruction -- The Aktion, October 27, 1942 -- Into the camps -- pt. 3. Terror and typhus : fall 1942-spring 1943 -- Personalities and structures -- The typhus epidemic -- The Althoff massacres -- Tartak -- pt. 4. Stabilization -- The Kolditz era : summer-fall 1943 -- Jewish work -- Food, property, and the underground economy -- The Ukrainian guards -- Poles and Jews -- Children in the camps -- Childbirth, abortion, sex, and rape -- The Schroth era : winter-spring 1944 -- pt. 5. Consolidation, escape, evacuation -- Closing Majówka and Tartak -- The final days -- From Starachowice to Birkenau -- The Starachowice women and children in Birkenau -- Escapees -- pt. 6. Aftermath -- Return to and flight from Wierzbnik -- Postwar investigations and trials in Germany -- Conclusion.
Summary: Draws on the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust-era Starachowice slave-labor camps to examine the Jewish prisoners' fight for survival through a succession of brutal Nazi camp regimes.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-362) and index.

pt. 1. The Jews of Wierzbnik -- The prewar Jewish community of Wierzbnik-Starachowice -- The outbreak of war -- The early months of German occupation -- The Judenrat -- The German occupiers in Wierzbnik-Starachowice -- Coping with adversity in Wierzbnik, 1940-1942 -- pt. 2. The destruction of the Wierzbnik ghetto -- Wierzbnik on the eve of destruction -- The Aktion, October 27, 1942 -- Into the camps -- pt. 3. Terror and typhus : fall 1942-spring 1943 -- Personalities and structures -- The typhus epidemic -- The Althoff massacres -- Tartak -- pt. 4. Stabilization -- The Kolditz era : summer-fall 1943 -- Jewish work -- Food, property, and the underground economy -- The Ukrainian guards -- Poles and Jews -- Children in the camps -- Childbirth, abortion, sex, and rape -- The Schroth era : winter-spring 1944 -- pt. 5. Consolidation, escape, evacuation -- Closing Majówka and Tartak -- The final days -- From Starachowice to Birkenau -- The Starachowice women and children in Birkenau -- Escapees -- pt. 6. Aftermath -- Return to and flight from Wierzbnik -- Postwar investigations and trials in Germany -- Conclusion.

Draws on the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust-era Starachowice slave-labor camps to examine the Jewish prisoners' fight for survival through a succession of brutal Nazi camp regimes.

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Browning (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) examines a case study of Jewish forced labor in this microhistory, in the process brilliantly defending the value of eyewitness testimony in Holocaust historiography. Previously penning Ordinary Men (CH, Oct'92, 30-1099), which explored perpetrator motivations, Browning here focuses on victims, namely the inhabitants of the Wierzbnik ghetto and the Starachowice Jewish forced labor camps, approximately one-quarter of whom survived the Holocaust. Analyzing 292 survivors' accounts given in German legal proceedings and in oral history interviews over a 60-year time span, Browning takes issue with an egregious injustice perpetrated in West Germany in 1972, when a Hamburg "jury court" discounted all Jewish testimony against a defendant and acquitted him on all serious charges. Apart from historian Wolf Gruner's Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis (CH, Dec'06, 44-2327), there are few English books on Jewish forced labor outside the Nazi concentration camps, so this study is a welcome addition. The critical discussion of oral history methods it contains should be required reading in graduate history seminars. While it will be compared to its predecessor, this book stands alone as a model of historical detection. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. J. R. White University of Maryland University College

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Christopher R. Browning, now retired from teaching, was the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina and is the author of Ordinary Men, Remembering Survival, and other works of Holocaust history. He lives in Chapel Hill.

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