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/ Lead title One of our most eminent historians presents a powerful look at the buildup to and aftermath of one of the most decisive moments of the Second World War -- Kristallnacht -- not only for the Jewish population suddenly identified as a group to be destroyed, but also in terms of the international response it inspired and its larger implications. / From one of our most highly regarded historians comes a probing look into one of the most decisive moments of the Second World War which spelt disaster for the Jewish population -- Kristallnacht. / Martin Gilbert's analysis of this seminal moment in history is more than mere narrative; it demonstrates how Kristallnacht affected the second half of the twentieth century and continues to resonate with contemporary events and attitudes. / Martin Gilbert's 'The Holocaust' has been widely praised as an accessible but authorative classic and has sold over 80,000 copies in the UK. / Competition: Ian Kershaw - Death in the Bunker

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Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936 and educated at Highgate School and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1962, he became research assistant to Randolph Churchill and, after Randolph's death, succeeded him as biographer of Sir Winston Churchill. He is the author of many works of history and lives in London and Jerusalem.

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A leading historian and biographer of Churchill revisits the night in November 1938 that presaged the Holocaust. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Praise for 'Kristallnacht': 'An incisive, heartbreaking account.' The Times 'Horribly vivid!a book that makes the horror strikingly fresh.' Observer 'Gilbert's meticulous documenting of the slope from discrimination to Kristallnacht to the Holocaust.' Financial Times Praise for 'Empires of Conflict': 'Martin Gilbert is the most prodigious author of our time!He is a phenomenon who arouses envy among less productive professional historians!He has a fine eye for a telling passage and a memorable detail.' John Ramsden, Financial Times

Adult/High School-Through the accounts of dozens of eyewitnesses, Gilbert tells the story of the night of November 10, 1938, when people all over Germany and Austria ransacked and burned Jewish-owned shops and synagogues. The author takes readers from the Night of Broken Glass through the degradation of the Jews, missed escapes, kindertransports, concentration camps, and, finally, to genocide. Maps and archival photos show the breadth of the destruction of lives and property. While less emotionally immediate than the many survivor autobiographies, this book documents in detail the fates of hundreds of victims, and the stories of many courageous rescuers. Kristallnacht addresses the questions: "Why didn't the Jews fight back? How did this happen?" Students of social justice, U.S. history, and world history will find this work horrifically fascinating and informative.-Ellen Bell, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

An acclaimed Churchill biographer and Holocaust scholar, Gilbert makes a strong case in this elegant volume that Kristallnacht was the watershed moment that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust. Known as "the Night of Broken Glass," the "coordinated, comprehensive rampage" that began on the night of November 9, 1938, saw Nazi-inspired thugs ransack synagogues and Jewish-owned property across Germany and Austria. Gilbert maintains a tight focus on the individual experiences of Jewish men, women and children during the 24-hour spree of destruction, as well as on Germans and Austrians who rioted, opposed the riot or simply looked the other way. The book begins with a harrowing account of that night's events, using accounts from news sources of the day: "`Terrified children were turned sobbing out of their beds, which were then smashed to pieces.'" Gilbert devotes a chapter each to eyewitness accounts from Berlin and Vienna, where some of the worst destruction occurred. As Felix Rinde, then an Austrian-Jewish teenager, later wrote, "Jewish life in Vienna came to a virtual end." A third chapter offers similar accounts from other cities. Gilbert's commanding account then traces the origins of Kristallnacht in the years of mounting Jewish discrimination that began when Hitler came to power in 1933, and shows how Kristallnacht pointed the way toward the events to come. 8 pages of b&w photos; maps. (June 13) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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