From Library Journal
To mark the occasion of the April 1993 opening of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Berenbaum, museum project director, has written a lucid, sweeping, but not superficial historical overview of the Holocaust. Replacing a typical museum catalog, which ordinarily lauds its museum's artifacts, this book uses them to tell the awful story to which the institution is dedicated. Utilizing the museum's photographs, oral histories, and other documents, Berenbaum synthesizes an enormous quantity of material, organizing it coherently to show the gradual evolution of the war against the Jews from the perspectives of the victims, perpetrators, and bystanders, while dealing with the fundamental themes of the Jewish experience. Visually evocative and unsettling, the book, supplemented with a useful bibliography, is an excellent choice for those who are not well acquainted with the subject or who need a concise synopsis; it will inspire readers to visit the museum and will enhance the experience of those who do.- Benny Kraut, Univ. of Cincinnati
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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An excellent choice for those who are not well acquainted with the subject or who need a concise synopsis; it will inspire readers to visit the museum and will enhance the experience of those who do. Library Journal Clear and well organized... This beautifully produced book is worth considering for purchase in all libraries. -- Paula Rohrlick Kliatt 2006 A comprehensive coverage from before the war till the arrival of survivors in America... The book is excellent. Jewish Chronicle 2006 An outstanding memorial propelling its images beyond museum walls. California Bookwatch 2006 The photographs scattered throughout The World Must Know are sharp and clear and usually chilling... a book worthy of any good library. -- Sheldon Kirshner Canadian Jewish News 2006 An excellent introduction to the Holocaust... It belongs in all public, academic, school, and synagogue libraries. -- Barbara M. Bibel Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter 2006