Our Crime Was Being Jewish

  • by Anthony S. Pitch
  • Narrated by Malk Williams, Fenella Fudge
  • 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the shouted words of a woman bound for Auschwitz to a man about to escape from a cattle car, "If you get out, maybe you can tell the story! Who else will tell it?"
Our Crime Was Being Jewish contains 576 vivid memories of 358 Holocaust survivors. These are the true, insider stories of victims, told in their own words. They include the experiences of teenagers who saw their parents and siblings sent to the gas chambers; of starving children beaten for trying to steal a morsel of food; of people who saw their friends commit suicide to save themselves from the daily agony they endured. The recollections are from the start of the war - the home invasions, the Gestapo busts, and the ghettos - as well as the daily hell of the concentration camps and what actually happened inside.
Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and this hefty collection of stories told by its survivors is one of the most important books of our time. It was compiled by award-winning author Anthony S. Pitch, who worked with sources such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to get survivors' stories compiled together and to supplement them with images from the war. These memories must be told and held on to so what happened is documented; so the lives of those who perished are not forgotten; so history does not repeat itself.

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Customer Reviews

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The German death camps and the survivors stories.

Very sad and very informative to listen to the dreadful true stories of the Jews and the courage they had is a lesson to all .
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- John Lake

Their Voices, their Truth.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I think everyone should read this and think of it's implications today.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I don't think anyone could listen to this without being emotionally stunned.


Any additional comments?

This is not a narrative.
Simply the voices of survivors, telling of the horror endured. Sadly very few of whom have lived into the 21st Century.
Luckily their testament has been recorded in print, on film and tape, to stand as an indictment of horror for all time.

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- Bookworm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios