In the Name of Humanity

In the Name of Humanity

The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust

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"Early in the morning of November 26, 1944, prisoners at Auschwitz heard a deafening explosion. Emerging from their barracks, they witnessed the crematoria--part of the largest killing machine in human history--come crashing down. Most assumed they had fallen victim to inmate sabotage and thousands gave a silent cheer. However, the Final Solution's most efficient murder apparatus had not been felled by Jews, but rather by the ruthless architect of mass genocide, SS chief Heinrich Himmler--an edict that has puzzled historians for more than six decades. Holocaust historian and New York Times bestselling author Max Wallace--a veteran interviewer for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation--draws on an explosive cache of recently declassified documents and an account from the only living eyewitness to unravel the mystery. For the first time, he reveals an incredible story involving the secret negotiations of an unlikely trio--a former fascist President of Switzerland, a courageous Orthodox Jewish woman, and Himmler himself--to end the Holocaust, aided by clandestine Swedish and American intelligence efforts. He documents their efforts to deceive Himmler, successfully prevent the extermination of hundreds of thousands of Jews during the last months of the Second World War, and thwart Hitler's plan to take "every last Jew" down with the Reich. These are revelations that will help rewrite the history of the Holocaust and the Second World War."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, c2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781510734975
151073497X
Characteristics: xii, 480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Sep 06, 2018

I read a great number of WWII and holocaust books, both literature and non-fiction. I was very interested in this title which purported to reveal previously unknown negotiations to "end the holocaust". Having recently completed biographies of Heinrich Himmer and Reinhold Heydrich, two of the most powerful architects of the "final solution", I hoped to discover an amazing "new" history. The author lost credibility with me immediately when he stated that Heydrich had been "gunned down" in Vienna. He died of injuries from an attack, but not from bullet wounds. The title states that it depicts private meetings to end the holocaust. What "may" have been influenced by the negotiations was the final solution, not the holocaust. The final solution was the "planned" murder of people in concentration camps, or SS Einsatzkommando mass killings and other actions. The holocaust refers to the millions of Jewish people and other undesirables who lost their lives thru murder, of course, but also death by forced labor, starvation, and disease. Though the Auschwitz killing machine was dismantled when the book's negotiations were happening, the loss of life in the holocaust continued through the end of the war and beyond. If Himmler ordered the end of exterminations in Auschwitz because of these talks and to demonstrate his willingness to "end the holocaust", the crematoria and gas chambers would have been left intact to show that he COULD have kept killing people but chose to stop. The total destruction of evidence and the forced march of the remaining Auschwitz inmates who could still walk demonstrate that Himmler still wished the holocaust to continue. Germany was losing the war. Himmler acted to attempt to save his own neck, not to end the holocaust. That said, the book lists numerous individuals who negotiated with Himmler and / or his subordinates late in the war and did manage to ransom about 2,000 people. My review in no way diminishes their efforts. Jews and other "undesirables" were being rescued / ransomed throughout the war. This book adds names that are not as familiar to us as Irena Sendler, Oskar Schindler, or Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews. My disagreement is with the claim that the individuals discussed in this book should be given credit for "ending the holocaust". Kristi & Abby Tabby

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