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Witness: Voices from the Holocaust "In association with the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University." Full description ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Free Press (first published 2000)
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Lori
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Witness comes from the interviews of many Holocaust survivors and what they went through during this horrific time in history. Most of the interviews were given in the 1980s. Each person talks of their experiences,before the Holocaust, when it was starting, during the War, and afterwards. The chapter touch on when they started witnessing and enduring the prejudice against a person who was Jewish, how things started to change. the outbreak of War. Getting taken out of their homes and to a "Ghetto ...more
Andy
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
if you could read this book without shedding a tear then you must be dead inside. ive read countless books on murder, war and the holocaust. This book comes across as so much more personal. There's so much more then dates, places and stats. Theres feeling and emotion, real words from real people. And its also extremely interesting. In all the books I've read on this subject i dont think i ever realized just how much a lot of these survivors still had to deal with after the liberation of the camp ...more
Marianne
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could easily be compared to a "Cliffs Notes" version of the Holocaust. With a concise chronological layout and salient points throughout, it is a fairly short read. But don't think because it won't take a month to read that it doesn't have substance; it does. For those seeking insight into what life was like for the Jews of Europe during the conquest of the Third Reich, this is an unvarnished record of the fear, the terror, and the resilience of those people. The recollections of survi ...more
Lottie Panebianco
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you could read this book without shedding a tear then you must be dead inside. I've read countless books on murder, war and the holocaust. This book comes across as so much more personal. There's so much more then dates, places and stats. There's feeling and emotion, real words from real people. And its also extremely interesting. In all the books I've read on this subject i don't think i ever realized just how much a lot of these survivors still had to deal with after the liberation of the c ...more
Christine
A collection of first hand experiences that emcompass the Holocaust and its aftermath. Vastly varied in terms of view points, all touching.
Amy Leigh
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is hard to read. First of all, it follows a large number of people. It tells the stories in little snippets from each person, rather than an extended narrative for any one witness. I found that format a bit difficult, but it does pull together the commonality of their experiences and show different views of the same events or aspects of life during the Holocaust.

But mostly, the book is hard to read because of the pain. You can feel the pain these people experienced, not just in the con
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Sarah
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was stunning. Unbelievably powerful, it these stories pierced my soul. I captured the horror of the victims of the Holocaust (and even some of the bystanders) in a way I've never experienced it before. I did not "enjoy" the book, but it was incredibly powerful and heartbreaking. Every person on earth should read this. ...more
Judith
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The stories told from personal experiences and memories give us penetrating voices of what it was like to live as a Jew and to die as a Jew in Nazi Europe. This is a personal portrait of those who experienced the terrors of the Holocaust.
Cherie
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Basically quotes and profiles of people in the Holocaust. I've read other things, but nothing gets quite so horrifying, real, graphic, horrendous. Powerful and sad and disturbing. ...more
Cindy Hindman
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good representation of the horror and injustice that occurred
Pamela
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like reading first-hand accounts for the survivors of the Holocaust. This was a compilation of so many. Very moving and gut-wrenching. God bless these warrior survivors.
Leigh Ann Wallace
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. Hard at times, but well worth reading.
Carlie C
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would give “Witness: Voices From the Holocaust” by Joshua M. Greene and Shiva Kumar a 4 out of 5 stars. This book was nonfiction which is not something I normally read, but I surprisingly enjoyed it. I thought that all the testimonies were interesting to read because normally the Holocaust books I read are historical fiction. It was interesting to see how all of the different people’s lives intermingled. It was also really shocking to read about the terrible and inhumane events that the Jews h ...more
Hayley V
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chilling nonfiction book. It really gives the reader a better glimpse into that horror of history.
Tyler Kiley-ram
Dec 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: golems-eye
"They made me an animal and I'll act like animal" (Martin S., 156). This quote represents the dark times of the Holocaust. The fiction book I read was Witness: Voices from the Holocaust written by Joshua M. Greene and Shiva Kumar. This book shows over 60 different point of views from the Holocaust and investigates the lives of victims. Each point of view is unique and gives many different ways on the life of a Jew, P.O.W, and German citizen and solider. This book will keep you reading all the w ...more
Jennifer
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've always been interested in the Holocaust, but after visiting the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in D. C., I've picked up several books recounting the stories of survivors. This book includes bits and pieces of several survivors' stories, in chronoligical order. It was heartbreaking to read true accounts of the cruelty these people endured, but I also found the determination of these individuals in the face of such degradation very encouraging. This (and any survivor's) account of these even ...more
Paul
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was very heart touching. To hear first person accounts of the horror that went on in the camps is horrifying. Many of the entries you can put yourself and just catch a glimpse of what they had to go through. No matter what you wouldn't get the full feel that they felt unless it happened to you. The authors purpose was felt all throught the book, for these people's voices to be heard and for the public to actually know what happened to this whole group of people. ...more
LindaD
I know I can never understand the depth of what was recorded in this book. I feel the need to try to face it, because some people can't or won't. I have to try to understand even though it's incomprehensible. I can't possibly help ease the burden by just reading or listening to this, can I? Well, I feel compelled to continue my reading and study of this period. Maybe I can be a better human being. Thank you for recording these tapes and publishing the book from the tapes. I needed to hear. ...more
Vickie
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Chilling. Disturbing. No one should hide their heads in the sand or deny what happened in Europe to the Jews and anyone who dared to help them. I never thought much about what happened after the Jews were liberated. People went through it shared this time period as well. It was not a happy reunion for them and the people they knew in their hometowns. They were outcasts. They were killed. They were beaten. They were shunned. Liberation was not as wonderful as I had imagined.
Sonja
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Riveting first-hand accounts from all walks of life, Jews, Nazi Youth, German and Polish citizens, telling the many horrific stories of the holocaust. It begins with pre-war life, to the Ghetto, then to boxcars, camps and death marches, on through to liberation. The final chapter covers the post-war trauma of the survivors and their collective need to tell the story of what happened to them and their families.
Debbie
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
First-person accounts of the Holocaust from 27 witnesses, including camp survivors, American military personnel, resistance fighters, and a member of Hitler's Youth Squad.
If you are interested in the Holocaust, for whatever reason, this book is a must read. Quite disturbing!
These poor people must have thought the world was coming to it's end!
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Tara
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was riveting! It's impossible to even comprehend what the Holocaust victims went through but this book gives a very passionate firsthand view. This book is incredibly sad but important to read. The survivors were incredibly brave to give testimony to what they went through and it's important for everyone to read this book and be informed about the tradgedy. ...more
Rmychal21
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of first hand accounts from across Europe during the Second World War. Short stories make for an easy read for someone too busy to sit and spend hours on the book. Pictures of survivors and those that perished throughout.
Courtney Himes
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you can handle stories from survivors of death camps, then I would suggest this book. For anyone who enjoys history, this is a book for you as well. I really enjoyed this book because it makes you appreciate a free life.
James
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
It is a collection of a a handful of survivors accounts' which have been included in the Yale Oral Testimonies collection. It is wanting of more historical and geographical background and is not always chronological. ...more
Olivia Riddell
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! An amazing primary source filled with stories from Holocaust survivors. I actually used this book for a couple of papers that I did for University. Excellent source, and very touching/unbelievable stories...
Alison
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii
I read about the Holocaust a lot. This is one of the best books I have read on the subject. I think that is because it has so many voices in it. This book talks about before, during, and the aftermath of the horrible occurrences. Definitely worth the read!
Kat
Nov 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-school
I stopped reading this because it was really emotionaly draining. And i'm just reading the book i can't imagine how these people managed to live through it ...more
Sean
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
witness is a good book on the holocaust an how one person can make a difference. also if you like stuff on world war II.
Kimberly
An amazing book that tells the horrific stories of those who experienced the Holocaust first hand. If you are at all interested in the Holocaust or World War II this book is a must read.
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Joshua M. Greene earned his M.A. at Hofstra University, where he taught Hinduism and Holocaust history until his retirement in 2013. His books on war crimes trials and survivor testimony have been published in six languages. He has spoken at the Pentagon, the Judge Advocates College, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and lectures frequently before state bar associations. In ...more

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