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  • Published: 26 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241979952
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

The Holocaust

A New History




The prize-winning bestselling historian delivers the first authoritative general account for thirty years

This landmark work answers two fundamental questions - how, and why, did the Holocaust happen?

Laurence Rees has spent twenty-five years meeting and interviewing survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust. Now, in his magnum opus, he combines this largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades.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 the Holocaust was not just about the Germans and not just about the Jews - although hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking, the Nazis planned to kill millions of non-Jews as well - and shows how there was no single "decision" to start the Holocaust; instead it was a series of escalations that cumulatively created the horror.

Through a chronological, intensely readable narrative, featuring the latest historical research and compelling eyewitness testimony, this is the story of the worst crime in history.

  • Published: 26 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241979952
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

About the author

Laurence Rees

Laurence Rees has won the British Book Award for History Book of the Year 2006 for his international bestseller Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. His career as a writer and filmmaker, focusing on the Nazis and World War II, stretches back nearly 20 years and includes the acclaimed television series Nazis: A Warning from History, War of the Century, Horror in the East and, most recently, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. The body of work has won him a myriad of awards including a BAFTA. a Grierson Award and an international Documentary Award. He was educated at Solihull School and Oxford University and is Creative Director of BBC TV History programmes.

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