Smoke and Ashes by Barbara Rogasky
The Story of the Holocaust

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Gr. 6-12. First published in 1988, this authoritative history has now been expanded to include newly available facts and crucial issues for discussion. The core of the book remains the same, with a writing style both passionate and controlled, combining eyewitness accounts, statistics, and commentary in a spacious format that includes documentary photos (many of them taken by the Nazis) on almost every page. Rogasky has added material about the roles of Nazi "helpers," including German police and bystanders. There's a new section on the Nazi persecution of gay men, and there's more about the rescuers. The chapter on whether the Holocaust is unique covers horrifying recent events, such as the genocide in Rwanda, and a new chapter gives details about contemporary hate groups and answers those who deny that the Holocaust happened. The bibliography now includes Web sites and chapter source notes. This is an outstanding resource for the Holocaust curriculum (Booklist )
 

About Barbara Rogasky

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Barbara Rogasky has worked as an editor, author and photographer, but now devotes her time exclusively to writing. Her novel, "The Golem", illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, received the National Jewish Book Award. Born in Delaware, she lives in Vermont. Rogasky revised her critcally acclaimed book, "Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust", because "research into the Holocaust is ongoing...Much new information has come to light, figures have been revised, and the depth of participation by various groups has been newly understood." Yet there was another reason. Rogasky adds the book was "revised for the same reason it was written in the first place. The need still exists-perhaps greater than ever before-to remember. Remember, so that what is perhaps humanity's greatest organized horror will not and cannot ever happern again.
 
Published March 1, 2002 by Holiday House. 256 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, War. Non-fiction

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Like a descent into hell, Rogasky's narrative touches on the history of the persecution of European Jews, gives the immediate background of the Nazis' rise, and then follows, step by step, the inexorable journey to the death camps--including legal moves, tactics, ghettos, and the stories of other...

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The reissue of the 1988 first edition freshens up the format (the lines have more space between them, making the text easier to read) and adds new information to this monumentally important history of the Holocaust.

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When Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust by Barbara Rogansky first appeared in 1988, PW noted the author's ability to ""elicit considerable power from an unexpected source statistics and lists, and the cold-blooded notations of officers carrying out their duties."" Now, Rogansky's acc...

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Numerous black-and-white photographs provide stirring accompaniment to this examination of the Holocaust and its aftermath;

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