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The Liberators: America's Witnesses to the Holocaust By Michael Hirsh, The Liberators America s Witnesses to the Holocaust Mar , The liberators recollections are historically important, vivid, riveting, heartbreaking, and, on rare occasions, joyous and uplifting This book is their opportunity, perhaps for the last The Liberators America s Witnesses to the Holocaust by The Liberators America s Witnesses to the Holocaust Rich with powerful never before published details from the author s interviews with than U.S soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps, The Liberators is an essential addition to the literature of World War I. The Liberators America s Witnesses to the Nov , The liberators recollections are historically important, vivid, riveting, heartbreaking, and, on rare occasions, joyous and uplifting This book is their opportunity, perhaps for the last The Liberators America s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Overview Rich with powerful never before published details from the author s interviews with than U.S soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps, The Liberators is an essential addition to the literature of World War II and a stirring testament to Allied courage in The Liberators of South America America Nation One The Top Liberators of South America ThoughtCo Francisco de Miranda Francisco de Miranda was the first major figure of Latin America s Independence movement, launching an ill fated attack on Venezuela in Long before Simon Bolivar, there was Francisco de Miranda Francisco de Miranda was a Venezuelan who rose to the rank of General in the French Revolution Liberators United States Holocaust Memorial Museum The Liberators Eyewitness Accounts of the Liberation of Concentration Camps Oral History Testimonies of American Liberators From the Archives of the Center for Holocaust Studies Brooklyn Center for Holocaust Studies, Documentation and Research, . The Liberators of South America ThoughtCo Jun , Simon Bolivar was the greatest leader of Latin America s independence movement from Spain A superb general and a charismatic politician, he not only drove the Spanish from northern South America but also was instrumental in the early formative years of the republics that sprang up once the Spanish had gone. Libertadores rowsThe Guayaquil conference between Simn Bolvar and Jos de San Martn, the Statues of the Liberators A series of Statues of the Liberators of western hemisphere countries from colonial rule is found along Virginia Avenue, N.W in Washington, D.C which has been referred to as a Washington version of New York City s Avenue of the Americas.

  • Title: The Liberators: America's Witnesses to the Holocaust
  • Author: Michael Hirsh
  • ISBN: 9780553807561
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At last, the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories Rich with powerful never before published details from the author s interviews with than 150 U.S soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps, The Liberators is an essential addition to the literature of World War IAt last, the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories Rich with powerful never before published details from the author s interviews with than 150 U.S soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps, The Liberators is an essential addition to the literature of World War II and a stirring testament to Allied courage in the face of inconceivable atrocities.Taking us from the beginnings of the liberators final march across Germany to V E Day and beyond, Michael Hirsh allows us to walk in their footsteps, experiencing the journey as they themselves experienced it But this book is than just an in depth account of the liberation It reveals how profoundly these young men were affected by what they saw the unbelievable horror and pathos they felt upon seeing stacks of bodies like cordwood and skeletonlike survivors in camp after camp That life altering experience has stayed with them to this very day It s been well over half a century since the end of World War II, and they still haven t forgotten what the camps looked like, how they smelled, what the inmates looked like, and how it made them feel Many of the liberators suffer from what s now called post traumatic stress disorder and still experience Holocaust related nightmares Here we meet the brave souls who now in their eighties and nineties have chosen at last to share their stories Corporal Forrest Robinson saw masses of dead bodies at Nordhausen and was so horrified that he lost his memory for the next two weeks Melvin Waters, a 4 F volunteer civilian ambulance driver, recalls that a woman at Bergen Belsen fought us like a cat because she thought we were taking her to the crematory Private Don Timmer used his high school German to interpret for General Dwight Eisenhower during the supreme Allied commander s visit to Ohrdruf, the first camp liberated by the Americans And Phyllis Lamont Law, an army nurse at Mauthausen Gusen, recalls the shock and, ultimately, the hope that you can save a few From Bergen Belsen in northern Germany to Mauthausen in Austria, The Liberators offers readers an intense and unforgettable look at the Nazi death machine through the eyes of the men and women who were our country s witnesses to the Holocaust The liberators recollections are historically important, vivid, riveting, heartbreaking, and, on rare occasions, joyous and uplifting This book is their opportunity, perhaps for the last time, to tell the world.
    The Liberators America s Witnesses to the Holocaust At last the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories Rich with powerful never before published deta

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    1. A startling, sobering book Shocking that it happened seventy years ago shocking that so many American as well as German, Arab and Iranian now deny it happened George Santayana s famous dictum comes to mind Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it It can happen again as it has happened repeatedly throughout history As our knowledge and technology grows, so our ability to exercise inhumanity on our fellow man grows And no one is safe from it I recently read a devotional declar [...]

    2. This is an important book it records the experiences of the World War II veterans who took part in the liberation of the concentration camps The veterans are now obviously a dwindling resource and it s very worthy of the author to get their testimonies into print Often many of them only spent a few fours at the camps but these few hours were forever etched unto their memories.Interestingly some never spoke of their experiences until meeting with the author, Michael Hirsh My father was a POW duri [...]

    3. I try to read a book about World War II every few years simply to remind myself of what humans can do to each other and how we must put forth a great effort to keep things like the Holocaust from occurring again and again I remember playing with the military uniforms, deactivated rifles and disarmed grenades that belonged to the neighborhood fathers back in the 1950s We played war in emulation of the stories we overheard being told by these fathers We also had access to small, black and white ph [...]

    4. Michael Hirsh spoke with over 150 Americans who were among the first to encounter Nazi concentration camps, sometimes mere hours after German troops had deserted them They shared with him not only their experiences as young men and women witnessing hitherto unimaginable cruelty, but how those sights and smells affected them throughout their lives.Many, but not all, of them did not speak about their experiences for decades after the war Some just wanted to put it in the past Others found that nob [...]

    5. While it is interesting to hear about the liberation of Holocaust survivors from the point of view of American soldiers, the stories, being limited in scope, wind up being fairly repetitive.

    6. Very powerful I m convinced that one should read a book about the Holocaust every few years Especially now that the original witnesses are passing away Lest we forget, lest we forget.

    7. Well, i guess as far as WW2 books I ve read go, this might be considered one of the happier ones Maybe, kinda It s all interviews with soldiers who were at the liberation or soon after of the concentration camps To put it simply i think it s what you d expect Lately I ve been looking for some stuff on the payback from the prisoners to the guards and got a few good stories on that subject Also after reading book after book about how little support a lot of the prisoners got even after liberation [...]

    8. I ve been doing a lot of light reading of late, and this work is certainly the antithesis of light Mr Hirsh has interviewed hundreds of American GIs and nurses who happened to be among the units who discovered the Nazi concentration camps throughout Eastern Europe.These first hand accounts are graphic and chilling Liberators is a misnomer, according to these aging veterans most of whom are uncomfortable with that appelation , since the German soldiers had fled by the time the Yanks arrived and t [...]

    9. I have read a lot of Holocaust books and while this one wasn t my favorite it gave me a new perspective I have always focused on those who were imprisoned in those awful places but the Liberators allowed to me view the death camps through the eyes of the men and women who were at ground zero helping those prisoners to survive their liberation I never thought of the shock it was to the liberating armies to learn and see the result of so much hatred being allowed to run free I highly recommend thi [...]

    10. I only say, that next time you read about man s cruelty to man and our complacency to human events you consider these stories The following quote sums up this book better than I,Delbert Cooper wrote to his wife after liberating Gunskirchen concentration camp There are two things about this I want to tell you 1 I never again want to see anything like that happen to anyone.2 I wish the 130 million American people could have been standing in my shoes.

    11. This book is a must read for everyone Michael Hirsh has interviewed survivors and pored over countless documents in order to tell the story of the men who freed the camps, and in some cases, where prisoners there themselves Hirsh s warning to not let their language and descriptions become jaded or simplistic but to try and imagine what they meant to the soldiers who were there is a warning that we should all heed A book I plan to buy and reread.

    12. This was a good read Easy enough to not have to struggle through it though my progress slowed as the accounts were similar , and REAL It makes me want to find a WWII vet and talk to him or her It also makes me think about what s going on in our world today that we might look back in shock that we let it go on I d recommend this book especially if you have never read anything like it.

    13. Now I know why my dad couldn t talk about the camp his outfit liberated, why he couldn t remember the name of the camp And why he hid the few snapshots he took that I found after his death He was just a farm kid from Minnesota, who faced evil than most of us can even begin to comprehend Just kids like him, most of them, the liberators.

    14. A most sobering if not particularly well written collection of liberation stories from the American soldiers who were there to free the concentration camp victims I was especially moved by the chapter on how these men dealt with the experience and their memories after they came back to the States Truly, they were a great generation.

    15. I ve waiting to read this even before it was ever written Meaning that i always wondered what all the liberators felt when they came upon the concentration camps I was immensely happy to see that my wishes had finally become a reality and in no better way This book is extremely insightfull

    16. a book that must be read, so the holocaust is not forgotten a haunting book, but full of hope for the future a new angle to the holocaust that of the soldiers who were there when the camps were shut down.

    17. Really illuminating The focus on the last few days of the war and the Nazi obsession with exterminating the Jews and their other prisoners made these men s stories powerful.

    18. I need to read this book still, but am looking forward to it due to my job being the transcribing of the interviews used to write this book.

    19. My first Kindle based library checkout Very interesting to see other readers highlights in a book like this you wouldn t do that with a paper copy.

    20. Though I am very interested in this topic, unfortunately the recollections started to get a bit repetitive.

    21. I highly recommend reading this book in sunlight Not before bedtime.It opens with American POW as slave labor in a mining shaft, some die, but bodies have to be recorded properly so they get stacked up right near the POW eating room until the recording clerk comes around once a week.This sets the tone for the book Many personal memories of American soldiers, chaplains, nurses There is a lot of horror at what they see, a lot of why didn t high command warn us that things would be this bad It is b [...]

    22. This important book is not for everyone My wife, for instance, would be too emotionally upset by the harsh reality of the reported final solution details After reading the accounts presented to the author through interviews of our hero WWII fighting men and nurses, I found myself becoming somewhat numb to the graphic descriptions I suppose, in a way, that is the scariest part of this very subject Could this be what led the German citizens to claim ignorance of the atrocities happening right outs [...]

    23. So many were young men and they saw the horrors of the camps They liberated the walking dead They gave them food, not realizing they were harming and sometimes killing them because their digestive system couldnt handle that much food right away These young servicemen saw sights that they could never forget They were faced with why they were fighting God bless the liberators and those that were liberated Never again

    24. Got repetitive at timeseach camp provided the same horrors to those witnessing it as other camps, so sometimes the story could drag on with nothing really new happening, just a different setting It was still interesting to see how unaware our GIs were before reaching these camps and their emotions when they see what they find there Also interesting to see how the local townspeople react respond as if they had no clue that anything was amiss.I also liked the last bit of the book where he profiled [...]

    25. I have read many books on the Holocaust from the point of view of the survivors What I liked about this book is that it gives the point of view of American soldiers who liberated the concentration camps It gives an insight of what they knew before they left America to Europe and what they found when they got there.

    26. Powerful, sobering, and difficult, this book relates the eyewitness accounts of Holocaust survivors and liberators which all people of any nationality should read so that we never forget the atrocity of WWII and to remember those who not only braved the war as soldiers or survived the concentration camps, but also to honor and remember all who lost their lives.

    27. The Holocaust as seen through the eyes of GIs who took part in liberating concentration camps all over Europe I was disappointed none of the veterans interviewed were from African American units which did take part in some of these liberations Terrible and powerful.

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