Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans and the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps

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Oxford University Press, 1987 - History - 192 pages
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Forty years ago Allied soldiers liberated Buchenwald, Dachau, Belsen, and other concentration camps, and came face to face with the human ruins of the Nazi system of slave labor and genocide. What they saw transformed the definition of evil in the Western mind. Inside the Vicious Heart captures the shock of that discovery by telling the story of the camp liberations as experienced by American GIs and other eyewitnesses, including Eisenhower, Patton, Joseph Pulitzer, and Margaret Bourke-White. Through their diaries, letters, and photographs we see how those Americans finally made the world believe what until then had only been rumored.

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User Review  - Jenna - Goodreads

I'm a history major and I read this for my WWII class. It is an amazing depiction that brings the liberation of the concentration camps to life for those who never had to experience it. I suggest that anyone who in is interested in war history to read this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Katricia - Goodreads

Tells an important story about not only the Holocaust, but the public- and especially American's reactions- to the sights and stories. It's easier for us now, 70 years later, to say, "Something like ... Read full review

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Robert H. Abzug is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of
assionate Liberator: Theodore Dwight Weld and the Dilemma of Reform.

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