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Holocaust Journey: Traveling in Search of the Past

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In 1996 Martin Gilbert was asked by a group of his graduate students to lead them on a tour of the places in Europe that were the stage of one of history's greatest human tragedies. The two-week journey that resulted, with England's leading Holocaust and World War II scholar as its guide, culminated in the powerful travel narrative Holocaust Journey.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 27th 1999 by Columbia University Press (first published August 18th 1997)
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Nov 06, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books one reads for pleasure, and books one reads for education. This is definitely one of the latter, and half way through I was fighting a strong desire to put it aside. I finished it out of what I can only describe as a sense of duty.

The book describes a tour of Europe to visit various places associated with the Holocaust. Typically the author describes what the Jewish community was like prior to 1939 - often it was very long established - and then tells us what happened to it. Freq
Mar 30, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
This moving and fascinating book describes the fourteen day journey of historian Sir Martin Gilbert and a group of his students of the holocaust , exploring sites associated with Jewish history both before and during the Second World War.

The group moves through France and Belgium and then on through Germany , onto Berlin , where at Wannsee plans where made , in 1942 , for the anihilation of Euope's 11 million Jews.
Moving south and then east the group moves on to the sites where the diabolical 'F
May 27, 2016 Joanne rated it it was amazing
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Don't ever whine about anything. Jews tortured and killed throughout History. After visiting the holocaust Museum in Israel I knew that I needed to know more of the facts. what I like about it is it looks at the Jewish History of the European Jews before the war and the thriving jewish communities in these towns across Europe. It looks at during the war and what remained after WWII which was nothing of Jewish life or community. Community after community of Jews and culture wipe out. To easy to j ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Dave rated it it was amazing
This was an extremely interesting book. the author, a professor of Holocaust studies at the University of London, is asked by a group of his students to conduct them on a tour of Holocaust-related sites they have studied in his classes. He does this, with the students as well as survivors, and they move from place to place, with the author giving background and lectures on each place. This is basically a diary of the trip. It is fascinating, especially as the account gives input from the survivo ...more
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very difficult relentless read. group of students travel through E Europe following pre-war Jewish communities to the death camps (in early 1990s). facts,and figures related at every point and survivor diaries read out as a background to the desolate camps and in the now Jew-free small towns esp in Poland where there still seemed to be institutional anti-feminism. very moving indictment of humanity.
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The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin Gilbert was a scholar and an historian who, though his 88 books, has shown their is such a thing as “true history”

Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours. He was a Research Scholar at St Anthony's
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