Those Were the Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders - Ernst Klee, Willi Dressen & Volker RiessLondon: Hamish Hamilton, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block slightly spotted. Dust wrapper a little tanned on the verso. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables ; List of abbreviations; List of sources; Glossary;
From the cover: “Those Were the Days is a chilling chronicle of the atrocities that took place under the Third Reich, and a testimony to the evil that was perpetrated and condoned there. It consists of extracts from diaries, letters and reports, eye-witness accounts, photographs, and transcripts of confessions in which the murderers, collaborators and onlookers describe how the mass murder of Jews was organized and carried out to the bitter end. It shows with merciless clarity how deeply the Weltanschauung of National Socialism was anchored in the German nation’s psyche.
The men involved in these mass killings were not, in general, isolated fanatics, nor were they repulsive criminals foaming at the mouth as they carried out their slaughter. They came from all walks of life and had numerous other concerns. Exhausted after a hard day’s ‘work’, they would enjoy a happy evening in the bar with friends and colleagues. Many photographs in this book testify to the fact that often they did not feel they were doing wrong. Others, shocking and illuminating, prevent us from forgetting that there were times when, in a busy street in the middle of the day, Jewish citizens could be clubbed to death with iron bars and no one would try to prevent it.”