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The Holocaust Chronicle, written and fact-checked by top scholars, recounts the long, complex, anguishing story of the most terrible crime of the 20th century. A massive, oversized hardcover of more than 750 pages, The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures features more than 2000 photographs, many of which are in full color and most are published in book for ...more
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published February 5th 2005 by Publications International (first published June 1st 2000)
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Charlie
Jan 30, 2015 Charlie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ww11
This is a good book to get you started on the HOLOCAUST. It's thick and heavy and depressing. You really never finish reading this book, so, that's why you put it on the coffee table for you or your guests to flip through it and to remind you what took place during WW11.
Ed
Jan 05, 2012 Ed rated it it was amazing
The holocaust is one of the darkest blemishes in the history of mankind. I have always been fascinated by the plight of the Jewish people throughout history and as a result, I have read many books and watched numerous films on the subject. Marilyn Harran did a great job in describing the timeline, the origins and the political causes behind what lead to the extermination of over six million Jews in "civilized" western Europe during WWII. Not only does she expose the many facts and details of the ...more
Jared
Aug 08, 2008 Jared rated it really liked it
Shelves: ww2-holocaust, 2008
Essentially a timeline of the Holocaust with many photos and maps and lesser known individual stories. I picked it up on a discout rack at one of the chain stores. The jacket said it was put together to raise money for Holocaust education or something of the sort. This account is not particularly deep in insight, but very wide in scope. An excellent starter for the many who don't really know about this horrible event in human history.
Meaghan
This is an exquisite collection of Holocaust-related photographs. The old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words definitely applies here; this book gave me more of a sense of the Holocaust than all the reading I've done on the subject. In addition there is an excellent timeline of the Holocaust events. Highly recommended.
Rennie
Jan 08, 2010 Rennie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, ww2
Intensely comprehensive timeline of a terrible history, but this book makes it palatable if you can take the time to get through it. A big undertaking, but definitely worth it. So many personal stories, photos, documents; it's just incredible. If other people are saying it has a strong zionist leaning, I guess so, but in the context of the history of the time there was a lot going on in that area. A lot of the zionist portions are included here to show what was and was not being done through int ...more
BikerDude
Mar 06, 2014 BikerDude rated it it was ok
Possibly the only holocaust book that failed to move me. Book just a bunch of facts & numbers. I would liken it to the boxscore of a baseball game w/o accompanying text. The timeline runnng at the bottom of all the pages only served to distract from what one was reading up above. Also annoying was the timeline did not mirror the text on the pages forcing one to flip pages back & forth for cohesion. Not a few facts were repeated on timeline and text above timeline though rarely on same pa ...more
Sad Face
May 17, 2010 Sad Face rated it it was amazing
This huge volume is an amazing database of historical information. It covers everything leading up to and during the Holocaust, as well as what happened after. Great for any stage of research as it clearly maps and indexes everything you need, but is also good for anyone reading only out of interest.
Donna
Feb 12, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing
This was my "Psychology of the Holocaust" textbook. It really made the Holocaust come alive for me, for better or for worse. There are a great deal of photos and documentation from pre-Hitler Germany through post-war Germany. Very educational.
Maria
Jun 15, 2013 Maria marked it as to-read
Wow! The pictures and facts about everything that deals with the holocaust and WWII astonished me. I'm amazed by this book.
Christy
Mar 07, 2010 Christy rated it it was amazing
Good to remember the outcome of hatred and the cost of losing individual rights.
Josh
Feb 09, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was not an easy read due to the subject matter. At times, I was sad, angry, shocked, disgusted, moved, and pissed as I read 800 pages. Everything one should feel reading a book about the Holocaust. This shouldn't be a joyful or easy read. It should make one ask questions about humanity, faith, human cruelty, ignorance, culpability, and what should be learned from this monumental tragedy. I found this book so upsetting that it took me a year and a half to read because I could only read a few ...more
Eva Leger
I'm still slowly making my way through this but my OCD flares when I see it in my currently-reading list so I'll leave it off for now.


I've decided to mention what I want while reading. With a book of this size I'm sure to forget many, many things any other way. So forgive me if this is pieced together with a chopped up feel.
Unless my memory has failed me once again (nothing new there) I learned new information by page 25. I don't know that I'd ever read Hitler's half-niece, Geli Raubal, died in
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Jerry Cranford
Jul 19, 2013 Jerry Cranford rated it it was amazing
An invaluable resource and a must-read history lesson for all. I'd love to see Philip Riteman's story incorporated into this online resource. Mr. Riteman is a Holocaust survivor (Auschwitz and four other camps) now living in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Philip Riteman was born in Shershev in the Brest-Litvosk region of Poland. Forced from their town by the Germans in 1941, Philip and his family, along with thousands of other Jews, were deported into the Pruzhany ghetto. They were transported to Auschwit
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Harran, M. J. (2000). The Holocaust chronicle: A history in words and pictures. Lincolnwood, Ill: Publications International.

Citation by: Brittany Payne

Type of Reference: Encyclopedia

Call Number: Ref 940.53 Hol

Content/Scope: The Holocaust Chronicle, written and fact-checked by top scholars, recounts the long, complex, anguishing story of the most terrible crime of the 20th century. It is geared toward middle to high school students.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This book was written and fact-checke
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Inknscroll
Feb 26, 2015 Inknscroll rated it it was amazing
"The Holocaust Chronicle" is a thorough, well-researched book. Its chapters begin with a prologue on a brief history of antisemitism; then, each chapter of the book covers each year, 1933-1946, of the Holocaust (or Shoah) & the pursuit of justice in Nuremberg. Finally, the book ends with an epilogue about the aftermath of the Holocaust, the rebirth of Israel, & a brief synopsis of Jewish history since the Holocaust. There is an excellent timeline throughout the entire book, & the boo ...more
Hayley
Jul 22, 2011 Hayley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
An extremely large, informative textbook on the years leading up to, and during the holocaust. With a detailed timeline running right throughout the book and a huge array of photographs this book lets you delve deeper into the subject. After reading this book one wonders how can some people nowdays claim that the holocaust did not happen?! The sheer scale of it all, the atrocities committed and the courageous people who rescued and showed mercy on those who were targeted. It shows the events lea ...more
Howard
Aug 27, 2014 Howard added it
coffee table Holocaust encyclopedia. Oh well, another testimony to Human Kinds' barbarism our main occupation to date. Welcome to Prison Planet!
Melissa Winterman
Jul 11, 2014 Melissa Winterman rated it liked it
Hnestly, I don't remember much about this book. It could be because I read it several years ago, or because it wasn't my favorite book.
Shari
Jul 09, 2015 Shari rated it really liked it
Good book, but of course the subject is sad beyond words. I stationed myself next to a box of tissues while reading this.
Mandy
Apr 29, 2014 Mandy rated it it was amazing
I was using this for research but I got so caught up in it I forgot to take notes most of the time. It's morbid and the pictures add to the ill feeling in your stomach while reading but it's an exceptionally well done book about an exceptionally horrible time.
Simon
Jun 21, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it
For anyone studying the Holocaust this excellent resource, and a good book to begin with.
Kathy
Aug 29, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This book is very informative as it is written in chronicle order of the beginnings of WWII. COntains mini biogs of many notable people. It is, however, not for the squeamish and perhaps could have scaled down on many of the photographs. To those that claim the Holocaust never happened, they need only thumb through this extensive volume of history and glance at the endless photos to disprove their theories. I would not let a younger child read this book; it is full of graphic photos. Overall it ...more
Kevin
Jun 26, 2014 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: holocaust
It was very good, lots of pictures
Socket Klatzker
Mar 07, 2008 Socket Klatzker rated it it was ok
I mean... more of the same info put out, right? True. And I learned about resisters, freedom fighters and little known acts of resistance I had not known before-which inspired me. I also appreciated that even-though it focused mostly on Jewish people, the parts on non-jews are honest and informative and not revisionist. The ubiquitous and intense zionism was not surprizing, but made me less psyched about the information I did appreciate.
cameron
Mar 26, 2015 cameron rated it it was amazing
Naturally one doesn't read this through all at once but this along with the Holocaust Encyclopedia are excellent references to have onhand.
Jackie
Feb 13, 2009 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a meticulous account of the Holocaust complete with essays, pictures, maps, and documents. The author's foreword is amazing, ending with this: "Rabbi Nachman, a great Hasidic master of paradox, once said that nothing is as whole as a heart that has been broken and mended. The Holocaust shatters. Our task is to mend."
Heather
May 17, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to have in any collection. It was heavily researched with many photographs and documents that bring every month and year of the holocaust to life for the read. It is sad and heartbreaking but it is part of the world's history and it must be studied, and remembered, that way the same thing will not happen again.
Jen
Jan 26, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
I really hope this book comes out with a second edition. My mentor and I found some inaccuracies. We actually printed stuff out and made copies for us and friends so that we would have the information in our books and the page numbers where the errors are made. Still overall highly informative and so very sad.
Ron Kolb
Mar 16, 2014 Ron Kolb rated it really liked it
A massive volume that took some time to read, every second of which was well worth it. Scary, because it happened. And because it happened, it can happen again. An excellent illustration of the tiny steps that, one-by-one, lead to massive leaps of cruelty. None of us are immune from the human condition.
Susie
Jan 21, 2011 Susie rated it it was amazing
I still pick up this book and read it from time to time. It hard to read at times, but still an educational tool to learn and be familarized with The Holocaust. This book contains a very detailed timeline of events that can be useful for research.
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