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The Buchenwald Report

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In the closing weeks of World War II, advancing Allied armies uncovered the horror of the Nazi concentration camps. The first camp to be liberated in western Germany was Buchenwald, on April 11, 1945. Within days, a special team of German-speaking intelligence officers from the U.S. Army was dispatched to Buchenwald to interview the prisoners there. In the short time avail ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published September 12th 1997 by Basic Books (first published 1995)
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Emily Gibbons I read this last year and don't remember any mention of that at all, but I think she performed after the liberation and 99% of the book is personal…moreI read this last year and don't remember any mention of that at all, but I think she performed after the liberation and 99% of the book is personal accounts pre-liberation (less)

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Sandra D
Feb 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
A seemingly endless saga of sadistic brutality and unrelenting horror, this was a tough one to get through.

I can't say I enjoyed this book but, for the fullest picture of the inner workings of a Nazi concentration camp, I don't think it could be beat, considering the circumstances under which it was written.

Buchenwald was not an extermination camp in the sense that Auschwitz was, although tens of thousands were murdered, starved, worked to death or driven to suicide there. The majority of inma
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Christopher Snizik
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Because these accounts were written by prisoners who were still at the camp, their accounts are rich with details that I can only hope they were able to forget as they went on with their lives. While reading the report is not easy or pleasant, it gives insights into facets of the Holocaust that I had never heard before. Being sent to Buchenwald was actually not an automatic death sentence like the camp at Dachau was. But the inhumanity on display in Buchenwald, as in every camp, was beyond belie ...more
Michaelpatrick Keena
My dad was part of the GI advance team that liberated the camp.
LA
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hackett is amazing. As a former UTEP graduate student of his, I can vouch for his incredible teaching methods and the soundness of his research. Luckily for the readers, these traits are both carried over into this text. My only regret is that I could not take more courses from him.
Michael Selvin
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great summary of camp life: not for general consumption. Many personal statements and observations by prisoners of all countries. May be somewhat biased by politics of East German author, but it gives a great anti-fascist view.
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David A. Hackett is Associate Professor and former Chair of the History Department. He is editor and translator of The Buchenwald Report (Westview Press, 1995), which has been published in Germany as Der Buchenwald Report (Beck Verlag, 1996). He is currently completing a book titled Elusive Justice about war crimes trials of Buchenwald officers and guards, scheduled for publication next year. He t ...more