Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
or
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Golden Harvest [Hardcover]

Jan T. Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
List Price: CDN$ 17.95
Price: CDN$ 12.96 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
You Save: CDN$ 4.99 (28%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Thursday, April 24? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition CDN $9.37  
Hardcover CDN $12.96  

Book Description

Sept. 1 2011
It seems at first commonplace: a photograph of peasants at harvest time, after work well done, resting contentedly with their tools, behind the fruits of their labor. But when one finally notices that what seemed innocent on first view becomes horrific: the crops scattered in front of the group are skulls and bones. Where are we? Who are the people in the photograph, and what are they doing? The starting point of Jan Gross's A Golden Harvest, this haunting photograph in fact depicts agroup of peasants - "diggers" atop a mountain of ashes at Treblinka, where some 800,000 Jews were gassed and cremated. The diggers are hoping to find gold and precious stones that Nazi executioners may have overlooked. The story captured in this grainy black-and-white photograph symbolizes the vast, continent-wide plunder of Jewish wealth. The seizure of Jewish assets during World War II occasionally generates widespread attention when Swiss banks are challenged to produce lists of dormantaccounts, or national museums are forced to return stolen paintings. The theft of this wealth was not limited to conquering armies, leading banks, and museums, but to local populations such as those pictured in the photograph. Based upon a simple group shot, this moving book evokes the depth and range, as well as the intimacy, of the final solution.

Frequently Bought Together

Golden Harvest + Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered + Survival In Auschwitz
Price For All Three: CDN$ 39.47

Show availability and shipping details

  • In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details

  • Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered CDN$ 14.24

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details

  • Survival In Auschwitz CDN$ 12.27

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details


Product Description

Review


"lucid and chilling book" --The New Yorker


"extraordinarily powerful account" --Neal Gendler, The American Jewish World


"[Golden Harvest] is a remarkable, stunning work." --Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star


"Starting from a disturbed posed photograph of paesant gleaners in search of "post-Jewish" gold in the soil of Treblinka death camp, Jan Tomasz Gross and Irena Grudzinska Gross have created in this profoundly moving volume a chilling, sometimes shocking, passionate, and yet always balanced examination of the extent to which plunder of Jewish possesion was often a communal enterprise in wartime and post-war Poland." --Madeline G. Levine, Kenan Professor of Slavic Literatures Emerita, University of North Carolina


"Jan and Irena Gross guide us expertly through the "Heart of Darkness" that was wartime Poland. Using a single, deeply disturbing photograph, this book captures brilliantly the whole terrifying rapaciousness of Polish -- and European -- society as the Jews face the specter of elimination." --Norman M. Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies, Stanford University


About the Author

Jan Gross is Professor of Politics and European Studies at New York University. He is the author of Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, a National Book Award finalist. Irena Grudzinska Gross is Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, at Princeton University.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Harvest July 24 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is of the quality that one expects from Jan Gross.It is "bone and muscle" ....no fat; nothing extraneous; unvarnished .Despite having read earlier works of this nature,I was devastated by motives and methods described by the authors
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read March 20 2013
By H. M. Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a book everyone should be required to read. It illustrates the effects on the human spirit of war, hatred, greed and cruelty. I think that is a lesson that is very apt for the times we are living in now, with it's glorification of greed and selfishness. This story is not about the Poles or the Ukrainians, or even about the Nazis. It is about people. It is about the depths to which we all can sink given the right circumstances.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Gross has now hit a Triple May 9 2013
By Jay A. Frogel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is Jan Gross' third short book about the treatment of Polish Jews in Poland by the rest of the population during WW II and its aftermath. It's not a pretty picture. His other two books are "Neighbors" and "Fear". The focus of the books is confined to the expression of anti-semitism by the non-Jewish Poles - much of it extremely, violent, brutal, inhumane, and barbarous. It is important to keep this seemingly narrow focus in mind since many of the other reviewers deeply disliked this book as well as the other two by Jan Gross on the grounds, at least as they expressed it, that it (they) are so one-sided. For a more complete picture of, say, the Warsaw ghetto uprisings, the, acts of kindness expressed by some (too few unfortunately) non-Jewish Poles to their Jewish countrymen, etc one needs to turn elsewhere. But in this book and in his other two Gross presents a largely horrific picture of what the Polish Jews suffered not from the Nazi oppressors, but from their fellow Polish citizens. These are important books to read, well written and well researched. As Timothy Snyder pointed out in a review of this book and several others in the New York Review of Books in 2012 December, the contrast with these acts and what present day Poland has become after getting rid of the Communist government is remarkable. I have given a more detailed discussion of Gross' book and Snyder's review of it in a response I posted on 2013 May 8 to a review by "lawyerguy" that was posted in December of 2012. I will repeat one point here from my longer comments that is also important to bear in mind when reading the negative reviews that Gross' books have elicited: Because of Nazi policy the consequences of being caught aiding Jews in Poland could be fatal. But the point that Gross makes repeatedly, is that if Poles did NOTHING, that would have been far better than the SOMETHING that many of them did do, namely the violence, brutality, etc toward their Jewish compatriots.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Gold Diggers Nov. 25 2012
By Wynne Guglielmo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Jan Gross has once again provided the reader with enticing yet horrifying acts committed against European Jewry. Even dead these poor people suffered injustices.
19 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Hurts June 25 2012
By Arnie Singer - Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A relatively tiny number of Poles actually helped jews survive during the Holocaust. My grandparents, father, aunt and uncles were hidden by a Polish farmer. Most Poles stood by and silently watched the destruction of the jews without shedding a tear. A significant number took part in the mass destruction by identifying the jews to the Nazis and by hunting them down in their hiding places and helping round them up and guard them. Once the jews were gone, who do you think took over their possessions?
Yes, the truth is very painful to both the perpetrators and the victims. But it must be told. The survivors won't be with us for much longer. All we'll be left with are their testimonies, and the history books. The facts speak for themselves. Read them and weep. And let's make sure it never happens again.
22 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The economics of the Holocaust April 2 2012
By Mark S. Rosenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book explains the economic reality of the Holocaust. Spreading from France to Eastern Russia, the author explains in clear detail how Europeans delighted in the cruel extortion. I could only read 10 pages at a time without having to take a moment to stop and to reflect before returning to the text. This book is not easy to read because it exposes a bitter truth; people delighted in the murdering of Jews for economic purposes. Overall, the author does a splendid job of presentating emotional material in an objective manner. The pity of it all.
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xbcfe9590)

Look for similar items by category


Feedback