Feldwebel Anton Schmid: Ein Held der Humanität (German by Wolfram Wette

By Wolfram Wette

Dem einfachen Feldwebel Anton Schmid aus Wien gelang es, während der deutschen Besatzung in Litauen Hunderte jüdische Menschen zu retten. Wie Oskar Schindler requirierte er die Gejagten für vermeintlich dringende Arbeiten, verschaffte ihnen Papiere und bewahrte sie so vor dem Tod. Er riskierte es sogar, Internierte aus dem Ghetto von Wilna herauszubekommen – wofür er mit dem Leben bezahlte. Er flog auf, wurde vor ein Kriegsgericht gestellt und im April 1942 hingerichtet. Wolfram Wette erzählt erstmals die ganze Geschichte dieses weitgehend unbekannten Helden und beleuchtet den bis heute gehemmten Umgang mit seinem Andenken.

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Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky by Alan Haft

By Alan Haft

Alan Scott Haft offers the first-hand testimony of his father, Harry Haft, a holocaust sufferer with a novel tale of persistence, desperation, and unrequited love. Harry Haft was once a sixteen-year-old Polish Jew whilst he entered a focus camp in 1944. pressured to struggle different Jews in bare-knuckle bouts for the perverse leisure of SS officials, Harry quick realized that his personal survival trusted his skill to struggle and win. Haft info the inhumanity of the "sport" within which he needs to practice in brutal contests for the officials. eventually escaping the camp, Haft’s event left him an embittered and pugnacious younger guy.

Determined to discover freedom, Haft traveled to the United States and started a profession as a qualified boxer, speedy discovering luck utilizing his sharp instincts and fierce self assurance. In a old conflict, Haft fights in a fit with Rocky Marciano, the long run undefeated heavyweight champion of the realm. Haft’s boxing occupation takes him into the realm of such boxing legends as Rocky Graziano, Roland l. a. Starza, and Artie Levine, and he unearths new information about the rampant corruption in any respect degrees of the game.

In sharp distinction to Elie Wiesel’s scholarly, pious protagonist in evening, Harry Haft is an embattled survivor, difficult the reader’s skill to appreciate soreness and locate compassion for an antihero whose will to outlive threatens his personal humanity. Haft’s account, right now dispassionate and deeply soaking up, is a rare tale and a useful contribution to Holocaust literature.

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My Life for the Book: The Memoirs of a Russian Publisher by Ivan D. Sytin,Charles Ruud,Marina Soroka

By Ivan D. Sytin,Charles Ruud,Marina Soroka

on hand in the end, this quantity is the posthumous memoir of a peasant from the depths of previous Russia who rose to nice wealth and impression as his country's such a lot profitable writer. even though by no means absolutely literate, Ivan Dmitrievich Sytin (1851-1934) used to be a clever businessman who made thousands through publishing books for all demeanour of readers.

My existence for the booklet makes on hand the entire textual content of Sytin's unpublished memoir, besides a variety of writings through those that knew him. via sharp and unremittingly ironic observations, Sytin describes with perception and entertainment or dismay Tsarist Russia's forms, the Orthodox Church, the Imperial courtroom, and some of the country's most famous writers, together with Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, and journalist Vlas Doroshevich.

Sytin's memoir, a story of serious Russian society voiced by means of a parvenu, depicts a pre-Revolutionary Russia of small retailers, church buildings, convents, deep non secular religion, and incorrect rulers. whereas the Revolution finally disadvantaged Sytin of all capability to carrying on with publishing, his resilience and firm stay an enduring legacy.

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Transforming Paris: The Life and Labors of Baron Haussman by David P. Jordan

By David P. Jordan

The Paris we all know at the present time, with its grand boulevards, its bridges and parks, its enormous good looks, used to be basically in-built in simple terms seventeen years, in the midst of the 19th century. during this short interval, complete neighborhoods of medieval and progressive Paris -- over-crowded, risky, and filthy -- have been razed, and from the rubble a latest urban of sunshine and air emerged. This positive rebuilding used to be mainly the paintings of 1 guy, Baron Georges Haussmann, Napoleon III's Prefect of the Seine.

It used to be Haussmann's job to say, in stone, the ability and permanence of Paris, to teach the area that it was once the seat of an empire of mythic proportions. To this finish, he imposed grand visible views, as while he remodeled Napoleon I's Arc de Triomphe right into a marvelous twelve-armed big name from which radiated the broadest boulevards of Europe. less than flooring, his sleek sewer process turned one of many wonders of the civilized global, eagerly toured by way of royalty and commoners alike.

Haussmann's mandate was once not just to create an effect of grandeur yet to safe town for greater keep watch over through govt. through growing formal areas the place there had formerly been a maze of chaotic streets, Haussmann opened Paris to powerful police regulate and thwarted the recurrent demonstration of its famous innovative fervor. The made up our minds and autocratic Haussmann imprinted rational order and bourgeois civility at the unruly urban which had for thus lengthy simmered with rebellion and insurrection.

Though he planted chestnut timber, put in fuel lighting fixtures, rebuilt the water offer, and more desirable transportation and housing, Haussmann's labors have been (and stay) arguable. He pressured tens of millions of the bad from the heart of town, and destroyed major components of outdated Paris. yet during this vital new biography David Jordan reminds us that Haussmann used to be no longer resistant to the charms of the outdated urban. by means of leaving a few components intact, the Baron accomplished the grand influence of implanting a contemporary urban boldly inside of an old one. the following, ultimately, Haussmann's labors are given the cultured in addition to the historic appreciation they deserve.

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Hitlers Kunsthändler: Hildebrand Gurlitt 1895-1956 (German by Meike Hoffmann,Nicola Kuhn

By Meike Hoffmann,Nicola Kuhn

Der Handel mit geraubter Kunst ist das größte Thema der NS-Vergangenheit, das noch auf seine Aufarbeitung wartet. Der identify Hildebrand Gurlitt steht für dieses ungesühnte Unrecht, seit die Welt von seiner lange verborgenen Kunstsammlung erfuhr. Doch wer struggle der Mann, der als junger Museumsdirektor für die moderne Kunst kämpfte und sie dann als "entartet" verkaufte? Der als "Vierteljude" Raubkunst für Hitlers Führermuseum erwarb und daran Millionen verdiente?
Meike Hoffmann und Nicola Kuhn legen die erste Biographie von Hitlers berüchtigtem Kunsthändler vor. Als Pionier der modernen Kunst ist Hildebrand Gurlitt in den 1920er Jahren vielbewundert. 1930 wird er als Museumsdirektor entlassen, als der Gegenwind von rechts zu stark wird, und verliert 1933 erneut seinen Posten. Doch kurz danach beginnt sein zweiter Aufstieg als Kollaborateur und Profiteur im Nationalsozialismus. Er verschafft dem Deutschen Reich Devisen durch den Verkauf von "Entarteter Kunst", geht nach Paris und erobert sich den Kunstmarkt in den besetzten Gebieten. Er wird reich mit Bildern, die er an Hitlers geplantes Museum in Linz verkauft und ist schon 1948 als Direktor des Kunstvereins in Düsseldorf wieder in Amt und Würden. Gurlitts Biographie ist eine Geschichte von Tragik, Verbrechen und Verdrängung, die ihren Schatten bis in die Gegenwart wirft.

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With Napoleon in Russia: General Armand De Caulaincourt, by Armand de Caulaincourt,Jean Hanoteau,George Libaire

By Armand de Caulaincourt,Jean Hanoteau,George Libaire

Born right into a noble kinfolk with a robust army culture, Armand de Caulaincourt were Napoleon’s Ambassador to Russia; Minister for international Affairs; political consultant; and through the disastrous Russian crusade, his own aide. during this distinct document—the first English translation of the unique French manuscript—the French statesman provides a entire photo of the ultimate challenge of Napoleon’s profession, with picture money owed of the French army’s improve into Russia, the career of Moscow, and the horrors of retreat.
“By a ways an important addition to Napoleonic documentation released in smooth times.”—The London Times
“When basic de Caulaincourt laid down his pen he had accomplished, even if he knew it or now not, a masterpiece.”—The long island Times
A extraordinary biography, historical past, and memoir in a single unforgettable quantity, the paintings will fascinate scholars, academics, students, and historical past buffs alike.

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A Journey Into Matisse's South of France (IPS) by Laura McPhee

By Laura McPhee

For greater than 50 years the passionate pursuit of colour led Henri Matisse to go to the most spell binding villages in southern France. tourists and paintings fanatics will relish this combination of paintings, historical past, biography, and commute consultant that covers southern France and explores the teal skies, emerald hills, pink soil, and indigo seas liked via the artist. the adventure starts off in Paris after which strikes to the modern port of St. Tropez, the fishing village of Collioure, stylish and voluptuous great, and the country safe haven of Vence, and results in the luxury hotel of Cimiez. the writer identifies the villas and studios the place Matisse lived and labored in every one place and discusses how his paintings answered to the palette and atmosphere of every neighborhood landscape.

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White King: Charles I – Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle

By Leanda de Lisle

lower than 40 years after the golden age of Elizabeth I, England used to be at warfare with itself. The Civil Wars set kinfolk opposed to relatives, good friend opposed to pal, and its casualties have been huge ­­­­-- a better share of the inhabitants than in international battle I.

At the pinnacle of this disintegrating country used to be Charles I. His reign is among the so much dramatic in historical past, but Charles the guy is still elusive. Too usually he's recalled as susceptible and silly, his spouse, Henrietta Maria, as spoilt and foolish: the reason for his destroy.

In this bright new portrait -- expert by means of formerly unseen manuscripts, together with letters among the king and his queen -- Leanda de Lisle uncovers a Charles I who used to be principled and courageous, but in addition fatally blinkered. he's printed as a posh and interesting guy who will pay the cost for bringing radical swap; Henrietta Maria as a warrior queen and political participant as outstanding as any Tudor. right here too are the cousins who befriended and betrayed them: his peacocking servant Henry Holland, whose brother engineered the king’s fall; and the magnetic ‘last Boleyn girl’, Lucy Carlisle, faithless favorite to Henrietta Maria.

This is a sad tale for our instances, of populist politicians and spiritual conflict, of a brand new media and the reshaping of countries, within which ladies vied with males, enjoying for strength on the maximum stakes. For Charles it ended at the scaffold. Condemned as a traitor and assassin, he used to be additionally heralded as a martyr: his reign destined to sow the seeds of democracy throughout Britain and the recent World.

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From Pogrom to Civil War: Tom Glennon and the Belfast IRA by Kieran Glennon

By Kieran Glennon

When the assaults opposed to Catholics often called the Belfast pogrom erupted in July 1920, Tom Glennon used to be a 20-year outdated officer within the IRA. the subsequent 3 years took him from brutal road battling in Belfast to setting up a flying column within the Glens of Antrim, to a bold get away from captivity within the Curragh after which the viciousness of civil warfare in Donegal. Scarred by way of his reviews, he sought to create a brand new existence in Australia, in basic terms to discover additional tragedy looking forward to him. His silence approximately his earlier was once so entire that just about 80 years handed sooner than his son realized the reality approximately his personal mother’s death.Now, utilizing modern files and the debts of work-mates and enemies, his grandson not just tells the tale of Tom Glennon’s lifestyles, but in addition re-examines the mythology of the pogrom and questions Michael Collins’ northern coverage, asking: have been the northern IRA the sufferers of a tremendous betrayal?

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In the Shadow of Nelson: The Life of Admiral Lord by Denis Orde

By Denis Orde

Vice Admiral Cuthbert (Cuddy) Collingwood could have been 10 years older than Horatio Nelson yet he was once Nelson's shut pal from the outset. They served jointly for over 30 years and simply at Trafalgar, used to be Nelson his enhanced officer.

The courting is the entire stranger as their temperaments vastly differed. Collingwood was once reserved, austere and shy yet completely efficient which used to be why Nelson's meteoric occupation was once so heavily associated with his. Collingwood's recognition was once made in battles equivalent to the fantastic First of June (1794) and Cape St Vincent (1797). Collingwood's profession survived reverses; he used to be court-martialed in 1777 via a commander for whom he had no appreciate. He used to be acquitted. Collingwood within the Royal Sovereign led the lee column at Trafalgar. After assuming command of the Fleet on Nelson's demise he used to be the writer of the recognized Trafalgar Despatch that introduced the victory and demise of Nelson to the state. He grew to become Commander in leader Mediterranean Fleet yet used to be by no means to come domestic. He died at sea in 1810. he's buried beside Nelson in St. Paul's Cathedral.

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