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Remembering the Holocaust and the Impact on Societies Today (Hardback)

WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Simon Bell
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399012096
Published: 9th December 2021



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The Holocaust is the most researched and written about genocide in history. Known facts should be beyond dispute. Yet Holocaust memory is often formed and dictated by governments and others with an agenda to fulfil, or by deniers who seek to rewrite the past due to vested interests and avowed prejudices. Legislation can be used to prosecute hate crime and genocide denial, but it has also been created to protect the reputation of nation states and the inhabitants of countries previously occupied and oppressed by the regime of Nazi Germany.

The crimes of the Holocaust are, of course, rightly seen mainly as the work of the Nazi regime, but there is a reality that some citizens of subjugated lands participated in, colluded and collaborated with those crimes, and on occasion committed crimes and atrocities against Jews independently of the Nazis. Others facilitated and enabled the Nazis by allowing industries to work with the Germans; some showed hostility, indifference and reluctance to assist Jewish refugees, or, due to antipathy, apathy, greed, self-interest or out-and-out anti-Semitism they allowed or even encouraged barbaric and cruel crimes to take place.

Survivors of the Holocaust often express a primary desire that lessons of the past must be learned in order to reduce the risk of similar crimes reoccurring. Yet anti-Semitism is still a toxin in the modern world, and racism and hostility to other communities – including those who suffer in or have fled war and oppression – can at times appear normalised and socially acceptable. This book seeks to explore aspects of the Holocaust as it is remembered and reflect ultimately on parallels with the world we live in today.

Article: 'New book calls for an 'honest' Holocaust History

Shropshire Star

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I think the important thing about this book, is that it needs to be read! We need to start taking lessons from our past! The look inside the Holocaust and anti_seminism in this book pretty much blew my mind. It definitely deserves it’s place!

NetGalley, Jennifer DiCenzo

This is an interesting and thoughtful book, in particular for those with an interest in both the Holocaust and the wider treatment of the minority Jewish community in parts of Europe. The scourge of anti-Semitism is not just confined to the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, but has been widespread in Europe long before and after the period of 1933 and 1945.

5 stars

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ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I found this book to be an informative and necessary new resource about the Holocaust. Sadly, facts are no longer being treated as such, and one of the most horrific events in human history is being debated. We need to change this direction, and quickly, before we become doomed by ignorance of the past.

NetGalley, Morris Morgan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fascinating read.

NetGalley, Michelle Coates

This book is packed full of information on Holocaust, which countries were involved, and how legislation today has viewed hate speech and even Holocaust deniers. The up-to-date information information is a valuable part of this book. The author has done tremendous research and wrote an important and well written book.

NetGalley, Kelly Long

It's a highly emotional read, though an important one, as the Holocaust is something that should never be forgotten. It's a heartbreaking read in many ways, particularly the realization that the world didn't learn as much from this dark time in history as one would have hoped. This should be recommended reading, as we, as a society, need to do better.

NetGalley, Leslie McKee

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting and highly emotive read. I am fascinated by the Holocaust, the macabre in general actually but one of the things that really fascinates me is the holocaust and the suffereing that human beings can inflict upon other human beings.
One of the things that I found really interesting about this book is that it didnt just talk about or blame the Nazis, I mean obviously they are hugely to blame but this book goes into details that others dont do which is to explain about the other people/countries that were also instrumental and grossly abhorant in the holocaust through collusion and attrocities against the Jewish people and other communities. Through the facilitation of the Nazis in business and industry , to refusal to assist the jews as well as cruel, hostile and barbaric crimes against humanity.
It was interesting to see the dark sides of other nations/groups of people for a period of history where one group of perpetrators is specifically mentioned and it was heatrtbreaking realising that this is still happening in the world to some scale, in relation to the Jewish population, anti semitism still exists, not to that extent but it is still there which just goes to show that the world has learnt nothing from this dark and disturbing era , but also holocausts are still happening all over the world now.
I dont think that I will ever forget this book.

NetGalley, Aria Harlow

'Remembering the Holocaust and the Impact on Societies Today' is a brilliant yet horrendous account of a terrible period in human history.
The author has written a complete account using up to date research and factual based evidence. Pointing the finger where necessary to those guilty of all of its horrors and atrocities.
As the nightmare experiences unfold, no country is left untarnished. And this is what vividly illustrates the uniqueness of this book. I have read plenty of horror books in my time, and seeing the crimes and atrocities mount up filled me with disgust. But to see how it was not just the Nazis who were guilty is a real eye-opener.
'Remembering the Holocaust and the Impact on Societies Today' should be on every school curriculum and in every library. So we never make the same mistake again.
I found this book extremely interesting and thought-provoking.

NetGalley, John Derek

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a clear and concise overview of a difficult subject. Simon Bell takes as his starting point the Polish government's recent legislation that Poland wasn't responsible for what happened on its territory during World War Two, and then looks at the attitudes and actions of all the countries involved before, during and since the Holocaust, including the impact of Holocaust denial.

Definitely not an easy subject to read about, but this book is well worth reading. Recommended.

NetGalley, Helen Keeping

About Simon Bell

Simon Bell is a former career mental health nurse. His clinical interest was the causes of trauma and its impact on mental health. His academic interest is the Holocaust, the nature of tribalism and prejudice, and the need to challenge intolerance through education. He is married with two adult sons.

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