In the German-occupied north, there were more than 700 civilian massacres by German and Fascist troops in retaliation for Partisan activities, while in the south, many found themselves forced into making terrible and heart-rending decisions in order to survive. Feb 17, 2016 Mary Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: I would say the two books complement each other nicely. In the meantime, the writer dwells on the violence at Normandy and the numberless horrors of the camps with a degree of detail that at times borders on the sadistic.
The Vrba-Wetzler break became big news for the Germans [even Heinrich Himmler was briefed on the escape]. We still have refugees dying and people wringing their hands and doing nothing.
Schulte traveled to Zurich, on July 30, and met with a contact there. Italy's Sorrow: He did so having no idea how long the government would drag it's heels.
Winik jumps around so much that you wonder whether he pulled previously written popular histories of World War II off his bookshelf more or less at random and summarized them as he went along. And to be fair, Winik does provide a fair degr As a habitual non-fiction reader, subject matter sells me on a book usually as much as the prose style or the writer.
There is also a reasonable introduction to Allied Military Occupation and its control over the reconstruction and relief effort.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Community Reviews. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book and "Wa It's hard for me to review books like this one.
The Council helped him create a 60-page, single-spaced document that came to be known as the Vrba-Wetzler Report. But Vrba's battle was really just beginning. While this book wasn't exactly what I expected, it was certainly thought-provoking and a worthwhile read.
The chapter "The Reason Why" about the motivations behind the terrible anti-partisan reprisals is a particularly vivid example: Want to Read saving…. However, Winik explains that while Roosevelt was as great a president as Abraham Lincoln, FDR missed his "emancipation proclamation moment" - which is when Lincoln shifted the focus of the Civil War from reuniting the states to freeing the slaves.
View all 4 comments. Not from a moral standpoint, but from a logistical one. Sign up for more newsletters here.