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

Paperback | September 1, 1994

byRobert H. Abzug

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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 Heartcaptures 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 madethe world believe what until then had only been rumored.

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Inside the Vicious Heart captures the shock of the discovery, telling the story of the camp liberations in the words of Generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley; editor Joseph Pulitzer; photographer Margaret Bourke-White; and numerous American GIs who opened the gates, buried the dead, and desperately tried to save those they found ali...

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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 Heartcaptures the shock of that discovery by telling th...

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Inside the Vicious Heart captures the shock of the discovery, telling the story of the camp liberations in the words of Generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley; editor Joseph Pulitzer; photographer Margaret Bourke-White; and numerous American GIs who opened the gates, buried the dead, and desperately tried to save those they found ali...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.59 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195042360

ISBN - 13:9780195042368

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Inside the Vicious Heart captures the shock of the discovery, telling the story of the camp liberations in the words of Generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley; editor Joseph Pulitzer; photographer Margaret Bourke-White; and numerous American GIs who opened the gates, buried the dead, and desperately tried to save those they found alive.

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"A scholarly and poetic attempt to assess the impact of the concentration camps upon the liberators, the writers and the general public....Language, image, and experience are woven together with great skill."--David R. Blumenthal, Emory University