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Golden harvest : events at the periphery of the Holocaust

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Golden harvest : events at the periphery of the Holocaust
Call No: 943.805 G87g

Call Number943.805 G87g
Dates[2012]; ©2012
Statement of ResponsibilityJan Tomasz Gross ; with Irena Grudzińska Gross.
Creators & ContributorsGross, Jan Tomasz (author)
Grudzińska-Gross, Irena (author)
Summary"It seems at first commonplace: a photograph of peasants at harvest time, after work well done, resting contentedly with their tools, behind the fruits of their labor. But when one finally notices that what seemed innocent on first view becomes horrific: the crops scattered in front of the group are skulls and bones. Where are we? Who are the people in the photograph, and what are they doing? The starting point of Jan Gross's A Golden Harvest, this haunting photograph in fact depicts a group of peasants—'diggers' atop a mountain of ashes at Treblinka, where some 800,000 Jews were gassed and cremated. The diggers are hoping to find gold and precious stones that Nazi executioners may have overlooked. The story captured in this grainy black-and-white photograph symbolizes the vast, continent-wide plunder of Jewish wealth. The seizure of Jewish assets during World War II occasionally generates widespread attention when Swiss banks are challenged to produce lists of dormant accounts, or national museums are forced to return stolen paintings. The theft of this wealth was not limited to conquering armies, leading banks, and museums, but to local populations such as those pictured in the photograph. Based upon a simple group shot, this moving book evokes the depth and range, as well as the intimacy, of the Final Solution." —Publisher
  • The photograph
  • The need to name
  • Taking over Jewish property
  • Photographs and documentation of the Shoah
  • The grounds of extermination camps immediately after the war
  • The bones
  • The death camps and the local population
  • Tending one's garden
  • The taking of Jewish property by ordinary people
  • About the killing of Jews
  • The Kielce region
  • "Thick description"
  • Close-up of a murder scene
  • Human agency
  • The peripheries of the Holocaust
  • Back to photography
  • Conversations about Jewish property
  • A certain kind of patriotism
  • Hunting for Jews
  • Jews and objects
  • Schmaltzowanye
  • Sheltering Jews for payment
  • An exceptional case
  • New rules and expert's opinions
  • Where was the Catholic Church?
  • Hypocrite lecteur, mon semblable, mon frère
Physical Description xv, 135 pages ; 22 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherOxford : Oxford University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index