In ‘Kristallnacht’, Martin Gilbert seamlessly combines a moving account of the suffering of the victims of the Nazi regime with a sophisticated analysis of the gradual process which made the horrors of the Third Reich possible. Broadening his canvas, Gilbert also powerfully depicts how the rest of the world failed Europe’s increasingly desperate Jewish population: in the aftermath to Kristallnacht almost every country was asked to help; most would not do so, despite the transport of a staggering 10,000 German Jewish children to Britain. This international indifference had direct implications for future German policy, while the events of Kristallnacht went on to radically influence the attitudes of governments – and people – outside Germany towards Nazism.
Reviews of Kristallnacht
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