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Learning the Great River
Mark Twain recalls his adventures—and misadventures—in learning to be a pilot on the Mississippi.
Putting America on Wheels
Reflecting on his success, the hero of mass production talks about his refusal to conduct business ...
Ashes of Soldiers
Walt Whitman’s record of ministering to young wounded soldiers offers one of the tenderest accounts of ...
The Solitude of Self
A champion of women's rights and the intellectual powerhouse of the woman's movement distills her most ...
The Color Line
Four essays, provocative and often poetic, about the black experience in America and the quest for ...
How the 1956 Hungarian Revolution offers a textbook portrait of an uprising against autocratic power.
The Federalist papers, first published in 1787–88, remain a brilliant analysis of the fundamental principles of ...
The Battle of Britain
History’s version of the Battle of Britain, a key moment ...
Too Fantastic to Be True
The Failure of the Jewish Rescuers at the Onset of the Holocaust
by Raul Hilberg
In the terrible history of the Jewish catastrophe in Europe at the hands of the Nazis, one of the most perplexing questions remains, Why could not more Jews have been saved? This question in turn gives rise to two others: Why were the Jews so submissive to their fate? And why didn’t others come to their rescue? It is the dilemma of their rescuers that the distinguished Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg confronts in this often agonizing appraisal. Hilberg is concerned with the major Jewish organizations in Europe and the United States that, despite continuing information about the plight of the Jews as Hitler continued his march across Europe, either failed to act or failed to persuade governments to act. Even when the “final solution” became apparent, some leading Jewish figures remained unconvinced of the depth of the crisis. Reports were too staggering, too unbelievable to be wholeheartedly accepted.
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