Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp (Paperback)

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award



"An important, revealing story, exceptionally well told." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post


Employing the rich testimony of almost three hundred survivors of the slave-labor camps of Starachowice, Poland, Christopher R. Browning draws the experiences of the Jewish prisoners, the Nazi authorities, and the neighboring Poles together into a chilling history of a little-known dimension of the Holocaust. Combining harrowing detail and insightful analysis on the Starachowice camps and their role in the Holocaust, Browning’s history is indispensable scholarship and an unforgettable story of survival.



About the Author


Christopher R. Browning, now retired from teaching, was the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina and is the author of Ordinary Men, Remembering Survival, and other works of Holocaust history. He lives in Chapel Hill.

Praise For…


A master historian of intimate tragedy.
— Moment Magazine

A chilling account.
— The News & Observer

Extraordinary and revealing. Browning powerfully and convincingly vindicates the use of survivor testimony as a precious source for the reconstruction of the past.
— Jewish Review of Books

A wonderfully rich, nuanced book. A major work by a major historian of the Holocaust.
— David Blackbourn, author of The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape, and the Making of Modern Germany

Remembering Survival is a remarkable book about life and death in a little-known Nazi slave-labor camp as seen from the perspective of Jewish survivors. It brilliantly demonstrates how postwar testimonies can become the building blocks for the historical reconstruction of an otherwise hardly documented past. Like Browning’s Ordinary Men, this book will become a must-read.

— Saul Friedlander, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933–1945

Christopher Browning proves himself once again our indispensable guide through the cruelty and sadness of the larger Holocaust within which his account unfolds. But more: he wrestles agonizingly with the painful question of Polish complicity and the scandalous German acquittal of a monstrous perpetrator. His readers as well as those whose suffering he has recorded stand in his debt.
— Charles Maier, author of Among Empires

Christopher Browning has written what should become a standard work of Holocaust history, a counterpoint to his classic, Ordinary Men. Remembering Survival rests on the testimony of victims whose searing memories…deepen our knowledge of a neglected part of the Holocaust.

— Michael R. Marrus, author of The Holocaust in History

A breakthrough in Holocaust historiography—this is vintage Browning.
— Yehuda Bauer, author of The Death of the Shtetl

Browning is a meticulous and disciplined researcher. What emerges is a highly credible and deeply shocking account of a slave-labor camp where the cruelty and brutality is comparable to the more publicized extermination camps like Treblinka and Auschwitz. An excellent addition to the field of Holocaust studies.
— Booklist


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393338874
ISBN-10: 0393338878
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 10th, 2011
Pages: 414
Language: English