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4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  931 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Gerald Green's novel Holocaust, which is based on his teleplay for the 1978 NBC miniseries, seeks to put faces on the tragedy by telling the story of the experience of two German families whose lives intersect at certain points. The Dorfs are "good" Germans, loyal to the new Nazi regime, and their son Erik, a promising lawyer, finds his ambitions realized in the SS at the ...more
Paperback, A Corgi book, 408 pages
Published August 25th 1978 by Corgi Books (first published 1978)
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Jul 15, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I read this back in the late 70's..I have the 1978 hardcover edition.

This is, in my opinion, one of the forgotten gems of the literary world. In Holocaust we go back and forward between Rudy Weiss, a young Jewish man trying to escape the Nazi regime and Erik Dorff, a Nazi officer. The two men are connected by Rudy's father, who was a doctor and treated Mr. Dorff's wife.

Throughout the entire novel, there is a sense of foreboding, even in a light hearted situation. I'd recommend this book to eve
La storia nasce in origine come sceneggiatura di una miniserie televisiva, che in Italia è andata in onda nel 1979 e che ricordo di aver visto con piacere (c’erano, tra gli altri, James Woods e Meryl Streep). In seguito, l’autore decise di scrivere anche il romanzo.

La vicenda ripercorre, attraverso le voci di Rudi Weiss ed Erik Dorf, l’uno di religione ebraica, l’altro arruolato tra le SS, l’evoluzione del regime nazista, sino al tristemente noto epilogo, che porterà alla morte milioni di person
Nov 26, 2014 Mordiallity rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knjižni-klub
It was really hard for me to read this book! I must addmit I try to avoid this kind of books. They just make me sad. But at the Book club it was a must read so I did. And I am not dissapointed!! It is a great book. And I have cried a lot reading it through.
Aug 11, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of all time!
Oct 23, 2008 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
This is my favorite book of all time and, in my humble opinion, one of the forgotten gems of the literary world. In this novel, we bounce between two stories: The story of Rudy Weiss, a young Jewish man trying to escape the Nazi Regime and Erik Dorff, a Nazi officer. The two stories are connected by one minor character, Rudy's father, who was a doctor and treated Mr. Dorff's wife. Throughout the entire novel, there is a sense of foreboding, even in the most pleasant of scenes, which can be hard ...more
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Holocausto es una bella novela sobre la persecución y exterminio del pueblo judío durante el Tercer Reich. A pesar de ser una novela sin sorpresas ni giros argumentales, su localización espacial y temporal y su exquisito tratamiento de los personajes convierten la lectura de Holocausto en una experiencia más que agradable para aquellos lectores que sienten inclinación por las novelas ambientadas en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

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Given the present rise of Islamophobia and the Trump Virus, it cannot be stressed enough that “we must never forget.”

I first read this book decades ago, when I was in high school, and I've never forgotten it. I’ve wanted to reread it but couldn't find it in any library, and finally tracked down a used copy online.

It’s almost as stellar as I remember. I see now that it is somewhat contrived, to provide for the continual convergence of these two families, the Jewish Weisses and the party-line Dorf
Mar 14, 2014 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing account of the Holocaust portrayed through the eyes of a Jewish survivor and the diaries of an SS Major who is highly complicit in the mass annihilation of the Jews in Europe. Although this is a fictional account, it draws heavily on real events and includes scenes and information about the atrocities committed by the Nazis at Babi Yar, Auschwitz, Theresienstadt, Sobibor, and other Nazi concentration camps. It is the story of the Weiss family, a Jewish family from Berlin, who were sys ...more
Gerald Green has concentrated on the history of the Holocaust for many years & written 2 previous books on the subject. Artists of Terezin & The Legion of the Noble Christians.

The scene is 1935 Berlin, where Dr Weiss is a physician and Erik Dorf a struggling young lawyer. It's a tale of their two families during the war.

I have the 1978 hardcover edition
Nov 22, 2014 Iina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toinen maailmansota -teemasyksyni jatkuu (vierailu Auschwitzissa syyslomalla herätti tällaisen tarpeen). Polttouhrit on kertakaikkisen hieno teos. Siinä havainnollistuu kaunokirjallisuuden voima tehdä ymmärrettäväksi asioita, jotka ovat meille täysin vieraita, kuten nyt vaikkapa se, mitä ihmettä natsien päissä on voinut liikkua. Teoksen rakenne toimii: näkökulma vaihtelee luvuittain juurikin erään SS-upseerin ja toisaalta juutalaisperheen pojan välillä. Green on upottanut romaaniinsa kiitettävän ...more
Belinda Missen
Dec 01, 2015 Belinda Missen rated it it was amazing
Despite the subject matter, this is one of my favourite books of all time.
Vanessa Concon
Sep 09, 2015 Vanessa Concon rated it liked it
I first read this book way back when I was in college. I heard the story a hundred of times but it wasn’t that appealing so I never searched the book in our school library or online. But one time, while I was in our school audio visual room, I accidentally found this book. My intention really is to return the book to the owner, but there’s no name printed on it, I know I could just surrender it to the lost and found office but I don’t have any idea why I kept it. Well, enough of this boring flas ...more
Feb 25, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
The non-fiction book I read about WWII is an older book called Holocaust by Gerald Greene. It tells two stories, one from the perspective of a SS soldier and later officer who is at Heydrich's right side, listening, reporting, and ordering things that concern the annihilation of Jews; and the other of a Jewish man who becomes a partisan, falls in love, and loses everyone and everything he cares about at the hands of the Nazis. Both of these men and their stories are described and told in vivid ...more
Breanna Thompson
Jan 22, 2013 Breanna Thompson rated it liked it
"In the three years between 1935 and 1938, the slow strangling of Jewish life had continued." Gerald Green's "Holocaust" recounts both the devastating impact and immense oppression that the Holocaust had caused. This novel contains excerpts from the diaries of two families who were directly affected by the holocaust. Although, stark, gritty and devastating, this novel is a must-read. It leaves a lasting impact on the reader, and enables us to realize that we should be grateful that we had not ha ...more
Walter Villalobos
Mar 16, 2013 Walter Villalobos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La familia integral

Vertientes distintas que nos conducen a dos únicos finales; la vida y la muerte. Se llego a un punto donde algunos vieron el error que cometieron y rectificaron, otros no lo lograron a tiempo y finalmente, otros mas simplemente sucumbieron.

La historia toca la fibra sensible, sin duda un gran libro, no solo en el aspecto técnico de su narración sino su crudeza en la descripción de las distintas situaciones que iban sucediendo. A pesar ser un libro bastante extenso; la lectura
Carla JFCL
Jan 13, 2014 Carla JFCL rated it really liked it
I can’t say much about this book that hasn’t already been said in the 35 years since it was published. Essentially, it’s historical fiction of the most frightening sort: horrifying memoirs of The Holocaust and the events leading up to it from two points of view (a teenaged Jewish boy living in Berlin at the start of the war, and a young SS officer.)

Yes, most of us “know this story,” but it really can’t be told too often, as we must never forget it. I will say that, as a person who has actually
Alberto Delgado
Apr 26, 2016 Alberto Delgado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La historia del holocausto y el exterminio de millones de judíos por parte de los nazis lo hemos visto en infinidad de películas, series o libros tantos de ficción como de historia pero a pesar de todo es imposible al leer este libro aunque sepas a lo que te vas a enfrentar no estremecerte por la forma en lo que lo escribió este autor.
Gemma Shucksmith
Jul 17, 2014 Gemma Shucksmith rated it it was amazing
I stumbled across this in a 2nd hand bookshop and I was so happy too. The 1st time I read the book I couldn't put it down. Then I discovered the book had be turned into a TV series in the late seventies. Luckily it was on youtube and I ended up watching it over 2 days. I've now read this book (currently on my 6th time) 5 times and it still gets me emotional. Fantastic, there are really no words huge enough to use to illustrate how good this book is.
Vibe Sonne
Sep 11, 2015 Vibe Sonne rated it it was amazing
This is a book, which I'll never get rid off. There's so many feelings in my body right now. I'm almost numb.

Right from the first chapter I was hooked on this. Every word I read, made me want to read more and more. It's so precise about what REALLY happened during the Second World War, and when there were "all-most-encounters" between the main characters I was mind blown, and I still am.

The book is really detailed, graphic, brutal, mind blowing, sad, depressing and romantic.


Gerald Green's novel Holocaust was my Mom's choice for our monthly book club reading.

It is a story of two German families, the Dorfs and Weiss, whose lives intersect at certain points during the tragedy that was the WWII. Dorfs are thriving under the new Nazi regime, yet jewish Weiss family is doomed from the start. It is a story everyone should read, it speeks of inner strength of men, women and children while being dehumanized. It speaks of war and all its sides and tragedies.
We should learn f
Jul 28, 2014 Jenni marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Rekisteröin kirjan!
Mary Frances
Sep 20, 2013 Mary Frances rated it really liked it
Reissued as a Kindle book by Rosetta books, this is a book I never read, though I did see the miniseries many years ago. It's a good book with characters who are largely indistinguishable, but the focus of the book is on 2 young men, one who joins the SS and is eventually lost to decency, and one who becomes a partisan and eventually finds the Promised Land. There's a bit of the Forrest Gump thing about the book- since it is told from the perspective of 2 families they keep popping up in Baba Ya ...more
Very moving. I have an autographed copy my husband received from Gerald when he did a favor for him. We all lived at Admiral's Walk.
Laura palabras
Nov 26, 2015 Laura palabras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fascinante historia, te hace ver la realidad de como fueron aquellos días tan espelusnantes
Dale (Aus)
Jun 12, 2014 Dale (Aus) rated it liked it
This was a good way of lering about a world gone mad and I read it after the tv series was aired.
Sep 06, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Few books bring me to tears. This book, not only made me cry, but broke my heart too! Through the author's descriptive & poignant writing, the absolute horror of the Holocaust comes to life. It will definitely stay with me for a long, long time.
Shannon B
Feb 01, 2015 Shannon B rated it really liked it
An intense, deep, and disturbing look at the Holocaust from the perspective of a young Jewish male as well as a young man who becomes a high ranking SS officer.
Kiri Woods
I have read this book several times, heart breaking and truly unforgettable!
Lori Nemitz
Apr 17, 2016 Lori Nemitz rated it really liked it
Read between July & December 1981.
Eleonora Ciceri
Mar 15, 2016 Eleonora Ciceri rated it it was amazing
Un libro che con una brutale delicatezza racconta una delle più devastanti vergogne della storia. Consigliatissimo, per non dimenticare mai quanto l'uomo possa attaccarsi agli ideali sbagliati così ferocemente da essere cieco alla sofferenza.
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Green attended Columbia College, where he edited the Jester, starred in several Varsity Shows, and was a member of the Philolexian Society. He graduated from the college in 1942 and, after serving in the US Army in Europe during the Second World War, where he was also the editor of the army's Stars and Stripes newspaper, he returned to New York to attend the Columbia Journalism School.

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