Category: General European Biographies

By Michael E. Stevens

This relocating documentary quantity brings jointly fourteen interviews of Holocaust survivors who later settled in Wisconsin. With phrases and images they describe the richness of pre-war Jewish existence in Europe; the appearance of proscriptive legislation, arrests, and deportation; the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi camps; and finally the liberation and postwar stories of the survivors.

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By R. R. Palmer,Isser Woloch

The Reign of Terror keeps to fascinate students as one of many bloodiest classes in French heritage, while the Committee of Public defense strove to protect the 1st Republic from its many enemies, making a weather of worry and suspicion in innovative France. R. R. Palmer's attention-grabbing narrative follows the Committee's deputies separately and jointly, recounting and assessing their tumultuous struggles in Paris and their repressive missions within the provinces. A foreword through Isser Woloch explains why this publication continues to be an everlasting vintage in French innovative studies.

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By Rodney Atwood

This biography of box Marshal Lord Roberts charts a awesome lifestyles that spanned the apogee of the British Empire. in the course of a various occupation, Roberts received the Victoria go, deliberate the strategic defence of India, grew to become the tide of battle in South Africa, brought military reform and campaigned for nationwide carrier earlier than 1914. Rodney Atwood explores his army profession, particularly his position as a tactician and strategist in Afghanistan, Burma, the North-West frontier, South Africa and Europe, but in addition seems at Roberts as a logo of Empire and explores his social gathering in British culture.

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By Selma Leydesdorff

On October 14, 1943, Aleksandr "Sasha" Pechersky led a mass break out of inmates from Sobibor, a Nazi demise camp in Poland. regardless of prime the single profitable prisoner rebellion at a global warfare II demise camp, Pechersky by no means bought the general public attractiveness he deserved in his domestic state of Russia. This tale of a forgotten hero unearths the large distinction in memorial cultures among societies within the West and societies within the former Communist world.



Pechersky, besides different Russian and Jewish inmates who have been prisoners of the Nazis, was once thought of suspect via the Russian govt just because he were imprisoned. during this quantity, Selma Leydesdorff describes the reputable silence within the japanese Bloc approximately Pechersky’s position within the Sobibor get away and the way an attempt used to be made to acknowledge his activities. The narrative is predicated on eyewitness debts from humans in Pechersky’s lifestyles and a dialogue of the mechanism of reminiscence, blending written resources with diverse memories and assessing the collisions of collective reminiscence held by means of the East and the West. particularly, this e-book reviews the ideological refusal of many societies to recognize the ache of Jews at Sobibor.



Offering interesting insights right into a the most important interval of heritage, emphasizing that Jews weren't passive within the face of German violence, and exploring the background of the Jews who fell sufferer to Stalinism after surviving Nazism, this can be useful analyzing for college kids and students of the Holocaust and the location of Jews lower than Communism.

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By Francis W. Wcislo

background and biography meet in stories of Imperial Russia, a examine of the late-Romanov Russian Empire, advised during the determine of Sergei Witte. Like Bismarck or Gorbachev, Witte used to be a ecu statesman serving an empire. He used to be an important statesman of pre-revolutionary Russia. within the Georgia, Odessa, Kyiv, and St. Petersburg of the 19th century, he inhabited the worlds of the Victorian Age, as younger boy, pupil, railway govt, lover of
divorcees and Jews, monarchist, and technocrat.

His political occupation observed him build the Tran-Siberian Railway, propel Russia in the direction of a long way jap warfare with Japan, stopover at the United States in 1905 to barter the Treaty of Portsmouth concluding that battle, and go back domestic to confront progressive sickness with the country Duma, the 1st Russian parliament. The publication is predicated on memoir manuscripts that Witte wrote among 1906 and 1912, and contains his account of Nicholas II, the Empress Alexandra, and the machinations of a Russian imperial court
that he believed have been top the rustic to revolution. Telling the tale either one of a existence and of the final days of the Tsarist empire, stories of Imperial Russia will pride and tell all these attracted to biography, literature, and historical past, in addition to readers drawn to the heritage of modern
Russia.

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By George Scott Wilkie

what's frequently forgotten approximately Robert Burns is that he was once a prolific author of letters and had the facility to correspond with humans from each stroll of lifestyles. while his poems and songs have been composed within the Scots dialect, his letters have been written in excellent English prose. lots of his letters to his platonic lover, Clarinda, are to be chanced on the following besides many from Clarinda to Burns. The intensity of feeling portrayed during this correspondence among kids is compelling analyzing. His letters of recommendation to his younger brother, William, are either severe and fun. A letter of apology following an evening of revelry at Friar's Carse is a masterpiece in its personal correct, as certainly are many extra. Burns wrote like a guy possessed. His quill may possibly stab like a rapier or be used as a broadsword to chop down his enemies. It was once a device in his seduction of the reasonable intercourse and was once extensively utilized to flatter his aristocratic pals. He revelled in his correspondence with Mrs Francis Anna Dunlop just because she was once a descendant of William Wallace. He describes in photograph aspect the issues he encountered with the relations of Jean Armour, revealing his purpose to escape to the West Indies. this option of letters bargains a desirable perception into his lifes, his many romances, his status and fortune after which his slide again to poverty and early death.

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By Uwe Schultz

Giacomo Casanova - sein identify gilt als Chiffre für Liebe, Laster und Verführungskunst. Doch würde guy ihm nicht gerecht, wollte guy ihn allein auf seine services auf diesem Feld reduzieren, zeigte er doch vielfältige Begabungen- etwa als Jurist, Kleriker, Geiger, Mönch, Unternehmer und Schriftsteller. Zudem verkehrte er mit Größen seiner Zeit wie dem Preußenkönig Friedrich, der russischen Zarin Katharina und selbst mit Papst Benedikt XIV., Voltaire und Benjamin Franklin. Ja es gelang ihm sogar, zum Mitbegründer der französischen National-Lotterie zu werden. Casanovas pralle und farbige Lebensgeschichte eignet sich wunderbar, erforscht und erzählt zu werden. Uwe Schultz, ausgewiesener Kenner des Barockzeitalters, entwirft - gestützt nicht zuletzt auf Casanovas Autobiographie ein facettenreiches Bild des Mannes, seiner Zeit, seiner Gesellschaft und insbesondere der Frauen, mit denen er verkehrte. Er nimmt den Leser mit auf Casanovas Flucht aus den Bleikammern des Dogenpalastes, bereist mit ihm weite Teile Europas und gelangt bis nach Russland, wohin den Venezianer einst die Hoffnung auf eine Anstellung trieb. Er zeigt ihn im Duell, als Übersetzer der Ilias, als Spitzel der venezianischen Staatsinquisition und schließlich als vereinsamten Bibliothekar in Böhmen, wo er, verbittert über die Französische Revolution als ganz besonderer Repräsentant des Ancien Régime im Jahr 1798 stirbt.

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By Klaus Müller

Die aufsehenerregende Geschichte von Klaus Müllers lange vorbereiteter illegaler Ausreise aus der DDR in den Westteil Deutschlands ist die einer unstillbaren Sehnsucht, auf den Spuren des Schriftstellers Johann Gottfried Seume (1763-1810) Italien zu bereisen. Müller, dem der »Grenzdurchbruch« mittels eines Bootes über die Ostsee 1988 tatsächlich gelingt, will aber den Landstrich seiner Wahl - die mecklenburgische Küste - nicht für immer verlassen und kehrt deshalb, nachdem er Italien gesehen hat, über die Zwischenstation im DDR-Aufnahmelager zu Frau und Freunden nach Rostock zurück.

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By Joseph Poprzeczny

Odilo Globocnik, a collaborator of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, used to be accountable for the deaths of a minimum of 1.5 million humans in 3 Nazi camps in occupied Poland: Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec. in addition to Rudolf Höss, Globocnik can be named as one of many first industrial-style killers in heritage. Betraying his native land by way of conspiring with Hitler to damage Austria’s independence, he then introduced the Generalplan-Ost, which was once to expel over a hundred million Slavs into Western Siberia, and performed a pivotal function in Aktion Reinhardt, directing the complete application from early 1942 till September 1943, and writing letters to Himmler detailing items looted from his sufferers. Globocnik’s Lublin Distrikt gulag was once now not in basic terms a car for a well-organized pogrom; it additionally concerned making a hugely prepared community of ghettos and compelled hard work camps. via the wintry weather of 1943 the majority of the Jews of the Lublin Distrikt were exterminated, leaving purely expert workers utilized in Globocnik’s commercial conglomerates. His ethnic detoxification groups, assisted through Ukrainian policing devices, additionally cleared the Polish peasant farmers from the Zamosc Lands.
little or no has been released on Globocnik, such a lot in particular the 4 years he spent in Lublin. This authoritative biography information each element of his existence from his ancestry to his suicide after being captured. info has been researched from greater than thirty overseas records, Globocnik’s SS dossier, broad interviews together with his lover Irmgard Rickheim and others, a wealth of letters either own and formal, inner memos and reputable stories of the SS, diaries, and the memories of survivors. comprises infrequent photos, many from the gathering of Irmgard Rickheim.

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By Wojciech Roszkowski,Jan Kofman

Drawing on newly obtainable files in addition to memoirs and different assets, this biographical dictionary files the lives of a few thousand impressive figures in twentieth-century significant and japanese Europe. a distinct compendium of knowledge that's not presently to be had in the other unmarried source, the dictionary presents concise profiles of the region's most vital historic and cultural actors, from Ivo Andric to King Zog. assurance comprises Albania, Belarus, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Moldova, Ukraine, and the nations that made up Yugoslavia.

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