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Against all hope : resistance in the Nazi concentration camps, 1938–1945

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Call Number940.5317 L27a
Dates1994; ©1994
Statement of Responsibilityby Hermann Langbein ; translated by Harry Zohn.
Creators & ContributorsLangbein, Hermann (author)
Zohn, Harry (translator)
Summary"Hermann Langbein shatters the myth that all prisoners of concentration camps, during World War II, passively let themselves be slaughtered. A prisoner himself and one of the leaders of resistance at Auschwitz, Langbein painstakingly documents the detailed account of the history of the camps and the story of the resistance. Spanning the initial years to the chaotic weeks before liberation, Against All Hope is the first systematic presentation of organized resistance." —Publisher
Contents
  1. Introduction
The Conditions
  1. The Concentration Camps from 1938 to 1945
  2. The Self-Government of the Inmates
  3. The Battle Between Reds and Greens
  4. What Is Meant By Resistance?
  5. Sources and Critique of Sources
  6. Different Conditions and Changed Goals
The Actors
  1. The Germans in the Resistance
  2. The Role of the Communists
  3. Social Democrats in the Resistance
  4. The Special Role of the Austrians
  5. The Poles
  6. The Russians
  7. Other Ethnic Groups
  8. Groups in a Special Position
The Actions
  1. The Saving of Lives
  2. Against the Inhumanity of the System
  3. Breaking Out of the Isolation
  4. Escapes as Lifesavers
  5. Resistance as Rebellion
  6. Sabotage
  7. Resisting Demoralization
The End
  1. The End Is in Sight
  2. The Liberation of the Concentration Camps
  3. A Personal Word in Conclusion
Physical Description vi, 502 pages ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish, Translated from the German by Harry Zohn.
PublisherNew York : Paragon House
EditionFirst American edition
Notes
  • "Originally published in German under the title ... nicht wie die Schafe zur Schlachtbank : Widerstand in den nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslagern 1938–1945. Copyright © Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1980" —Title page verso
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 467–483) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Kit Krieger in memory of Else Dunner (z'l)