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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.

©2015 Anthony S. Pitch (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Shocking, sad, a real eye opener!!

It never fails to shock me how horrible we can treat our fellow human beings!
People think it could never happen again, I believe it could happen right here in America!
This is a powerful book that exposes pure evil!

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Fascinating and Disturbing

What did you love best about Our Crime Was Being Jewish?

This may be one of the most informative books I have ever read about Holocaust survivors. It terrifies, it invokes empathy,it enlists great respect for the plight of the Jewish people and it is compelling. I have read hundreds of books about the Holocaust and the Nazis, but this shed even more light on the atrocities committed against the Jewish people of Europe and those who helped them.

What did you like best about this story?

It is not a story but a series of brief interviews with survivors; a recollection of events that marked their lives during WWII. The courage of these survivors and liberators is beyond imagination. For Holocaust deniers, this is a MUST read.

What does Malk Williams and Fenella Fudge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Their complete immersion into reading the personal horrors of the survivors. The feeling that they put into the reading makes you feel as though you are listening to the actual people tell their rememberances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. You could never digest this in one sitting. It is a book I will listen to more than once.

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I have such deep feelings for the Jewish people who suffered under the Nazis, and for those who risked their lives to protect them in any way they could. The US military men who spoke about what they saw should be a light to all who try to deny the Holocaust. It happened and it should never be forgotten.

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Opening eyes a little more

I found out through DNA and process of elimination that my grandfather was Jewish. this piece of information sent me into immersion of the history of the time. I am not certain that this book taught me anything that I didn't already know but hearing it first person was moving and bittetsweet. The only crime a Jew ever committed was being Jewish.

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An unapologetic look at a horrible event

What did you love best about Our Crime Was Being Jewish?

How educational it was.

What did you like best about this story?

See above.

What does Malk Williams and Fenella Fudge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A touch of authenticity and another level of emotion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I hate these questionnaires. How could someone NOT find any part of a book of this nature moving?

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I think speaking on how this audiobook made me feel would only sound self-indulgent or ignorant. So what I have to say is if you want to really know, to really understand, what those people went through on every level, this book does that. It’s a simple record. Each anecdote is backed up by a specific file number and reference point. I wanted to learn more, and I think this book deserves, maybe even demands, to be read. It’s the history of a people crying out to be remembered.

Williams and Fudge did an amazing job bringing these records to life. History such as this needs to be remembered.

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True words from the mouths of Survivors;

True words from the mouths of Survivors; read for our benefit and our warning of what happens when good men say nothing.

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Heartbreaking and gut-wrenching read, but worth it.

Heartbreaking stories, but definitely worth the listen to honor those who were so brave and courageous!!

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Heartbreaking

This is a striking remembrance of these horrible atrocities. I don’t know how anyone survived.

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Everyone should listen this.

Makes me want to go back to the USHM in D.C. to connect with the museum itself.

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Moving

Where does Our Crime Was Being Jewish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best one I have listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the way the stories were presented.

What does Malk Williams and Fenella Fudge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The different voices of the people telling their stories

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, the whole book was one emotional rollercoaster.

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Just amazing

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So noone forgets "till the Messiah comes

To hear what so many went through during those dark times in the camps and the days of Holocaust humbles one.
I have heard many stories from family that served in the European theater and from Friends that endured the camps, but just the sheer number of stories here makes me weep.

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  • John Lake
  • 12-16-15

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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  • P-J
  • 04-16-19

Disjointed, annoying.

There was no structure to this at all, it was not arranged chronologically as would be expected, nor by geography in any way. It is unsuitable listening as an audio book. Some sections are mere seconds long, followed by a 15 second reading (after every single very short passage) of the alphanumeric library source of where the passage came from.. This was beyond irritating and utterly unnecessary - if you were reading the book, you would not read every reference digit out. If I have to hear one more time “....made possible by a donation from John and Jane Smith, the Dakota branch of the blah blah, US MHC 12345.567 star 01” (or simllar, I will scream.

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  • R J Moore
  • 02-12-17

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.

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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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  • Lisa Bourne
  • 10-08-18

interesting stories

Interesting stories but completely hampered by the terrible readings and awful fake accents of all of the narrators. They completely ruin it with their over the top, ridiculous accents and readings. A shame as these stories deserve to be told but the narrators should have just used their normal accents.

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  • Andy Round
  • 02-13-18

Not the best if audible books on this subject

Although I have read many books on thus topic, unfortunately I found this difficult to follow

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  • Dfit
  • 12-08-21

Understanding our meaning.

To find our meaning, we have to know our species, we have to know what we are capable off. The stories in this book have to be heard and felt by all, because they are human just as we are. To the memory of those who lost their lives through these acts of depravity we have a moral obligation to never forget. We must force ourselves to listen, and place ourselves in some very uncomfortable positions to understand ourselves so that we never again allow this to happen on any scale. I listened to a large part of this book while in the snow and fasting to give me a very , very, very small window of insight. We are all human, so if we can be one thing lets be kind.

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  • Steven Waite
  • 09-17-21

Incredible true stories.

Shocking, harrowing, inspiring and heartbreaking.
The level of cruelty by the Third Reich was beyond evil.
My only criticism is that I don't understand why each and every testimony was followed by a serial number. Without these, this book would have been at least an hour or two shorter.
That being said, it's still outstanding.

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  • sadith
  • 08-17-21

Never again can this happen

I found one of the narrators became irritating after a while with the way she dragged out her words and I wondered if the accents were necessary. However, it is important that these voices are heard, we can never allow this evil to happen again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-20

disturbing

Found the story of thing that were done during this period quite disturbing. To think all this happened and people turned a blind eye to how other people brainwashed so call normal people to allow ths to happen. knowing how the perpetrators did this and got away with it. To the survives I wish you well and remain strong

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