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Rees, Laurence 1957-

Works: 299 works in 703 publications in 12 languages and 13,004 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives  Interviews  Biography  Military history 
Roles: Author, Producer, Author of screenplay, Director, Performer, Scenarist, Author of introduction, Honoree
Classifications: D805.5.A96, 940.531853858
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Publications about Laurence Rees
Publications by Laurence Rees
Most widely held works by Laurence Rees
Auschwitz : a new history by Laurence Rees( Book )
46 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 2,924 libraries worldwide
Auschwitz-Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Yet its story is not fully known. In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail--from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred. Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Nazi leadership to prescribe Auschwitz as its primary site for the extinction of Europe's Jews--their "Final Solution." He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were driven not just by ideological inevitability but as a "practical" response to a war in the East that had begun to go wrong for Germany. A terrible immoral pragmatism characterizes many of the decisions that determined what happened at Auschwitz. Thus the story of the camp becomes a morality tale, too, in which evil is shown to proceed in a series of deft, almost noiseless incremental steps until it produces the overwhelming horror of the industrial scale slaughter that was inflicted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Insights gleaned from more than one hundred original interviews shed new light on history's most famous death camp, with the testimonies of survivors providing a detailed and chilling portrait of the camp's inner workings, in a companion volume to the PBS documentary
The Nazis : a warning from history by Laurence Rees( Book )
52 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,608 libraries worldwide
From "the testimonies of more than fifty eyewitnesses, many of whom were committed Nazis only now free to tell their story," the author presents "a harsh new light on the rise and fall of the Third Reich."--Jacket
Auschwitz inside the Nazi state ( visu )
10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,272 libraries worldwide
"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"--Container label
War of the century : when Hitler fought Stalin by Laurence Rees( Book )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Dutch and held by 956 libraries worldwide
De geschiedenis van operatie Barbarossa: Hitlers veldtocht tegen de Sovjetunie (1941-1945)
The Nazis a warning from history by Laurence Rees( visu )
42 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 871 libraries worldwide
Use interviews with witnesses and perpetrators, along with archival film and records, to examine how a political party as fundamentally evil as the Nazis could come to power in a modern European nation. Discusses the factors that enabled the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in the economically-devastated Germany of the post-World War I era and looks at the role of ordinary Germans in the Nazi regime. Follows the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, from its early promises through the atrocities and suffering of World War II. Includes segments focusing on the occupation of Poland and on the holocaust and concentration camps, particularly Treblinka
World War II behind closed doors : Stalin, the Nazis and the West by Laurence Rees( Book )
21 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 805 libraries worldwide
Drawing on material available only since opening of archives in Eastern Europe and Russia, Rees reexamines the key choices made by Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt during the war.--From publisher description
Hitler's charisma : leading millions into the abyss by Laurence Rees( Book )
13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 793 libraries worldwide
Acclaimed historian and documentary filmmaker Laurence Rees examines the nature of Hitler's appeal and reveals the role his supposed "charisma" played in his success
Their darkest hour by Laurence Rees( Book )
10 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 432 libraries worldwide
Laurence Rees has spent nearly 20 years meeting people who were tested to the extreme during World War II. He has come face-to-face with rapists, mass murderers, even cannibals, but he has also met courageous individuals who are an inspiration to us all. Here he presents 35 of his most electrifying encounters, from Estera Frenkiel, a young Jewish woman given the chance to save ten fellow Jews from deportation and death to Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier, so fanatical that he refused to surrender for 29 years after the end of the war. The devastating first-hand testimony in Their Darkest Hour is both a lasting contribution to our understanding of the war and a powerful insight into the behaviour of a human being in crisis
WW II behind closed doors Stalin, the Nazis and the West ( visu )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 374 libraries worldwide
Joseph Stalin - the supreme leader of the Soviet Union - was a tyrant responsible for the death of millions. He also had some unlikely relationships during the Second World War. This ambitious series uses exclusive evidence gained from the actual conversations and secret meetings Stalin conducted. Dramatic reconstructions carefully sourced from archive material, reveal how the great leaders decided the future shape of the post-war world. These decisions had immediate and often harrowing effects for those on the ground. Their story is told through documentary footage, dramatic reconstructions and illuminating interviews
Horror in the East : Japan and the atrocities of World War II by Laurence Rees( Book )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 336 libraries worldwide
In the tradition of the best-selling Rape of Nanking, a provocative examination of Japanese atrocities during World War II. ""Another stunning slice of history from Laurence Rees.""--Daily Telegraph
Horror in the East by Laurence Rees( Book )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 287 libraries worldwide
"While many histories of World War II have recounted the grim atrocities performed by Japanese soldiers on civilians and POWs, few have attempted to explain how and why such barbarity could have occurred. What led to the assault on Nanking? How could one in four Allied POWs die in captivity? Meticulously researched, using Japanese and British consultants, Horror in the East examines the political and economic factors, as well as the mindset of those involved. Rarely seen archive footage and interviews with former Japanese soldiers, kamikazes, Allied PoWs, and victims of the notorious cruelty reveal the complex truth behind the horror."
War of the century when Hitler fought Stalin ( visu )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 226 libraries worldwide
This acclaimed four-part series takes an in-depth look at World War II using references such as leading historians, Eastern film archives, and both Soviet and German participants, and gives a new perspective on the war that changed the world
The dark charisma of Adolf Hitler : leading millions into the abyss by Laurence Rees( Book )
21 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 213 libraries worldwide
Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader, fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to debate political issues, and yet he commanded enormous support. So how was it possible that Hitler became such an attractive figure to millions of people? That is the important question at the core of Laurence Rees' new book. The Holocaust, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the outbreak of the Second World War, all these cataclysmic events and more can be laid at Hitler's door. Hitler was a war criminal arguably without precedent in the history of the world. Yet, as many who knew him confirm, Hitler was still able to exert a powerful influence over the people who encountered him. In this fascinating book to accompany his new BBC series, the acclaimed historian and documentary maker Laurence Rees examines the nature of Hitler's appeal, and reveals the role Hitler's supposed 'charisma' played in his success. Rees' previous work has explored the inner workings of the Nazi state in The Nazis: A Warning from History and the crimes they committed in Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution. The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler is a natural culmination of twenty years of writing and research on the Third Reich, and a remarkable examination of the man and the mind at the heart of it all
Horror in the east by Laurence Rees( visu )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 196 libraries worldwide
During World War II, the Japanese became notorious for their horrible treatment of civilians and POWs. How and why did this happen? Meticulous research and first-hand accounts from Japanese soldiers and Allied POWs make this documentary a must see
Goebbels master of propaganda ( visu )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 117 libraries worldwide
Using archive examples of the Nazi propagandist's film work, the programme examines how Goebbels created the myth of Adolf Hitler and prepared the Germans for the Final Solution
Selling politics by Laurence Rees( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 94 libraries worldwide
The charisma of Adolf Hitler by Laurence Rees( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
Auschwitz : Geschichte eines Verbrechens by Laurence Rees( Book )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 71 libraries worldwide
Een tijd van duisternis : de Tweede Wereldoorlog door de ogen van daders en slachtoffers by Laurence Rees( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in Dutch and held by 50 libraries worldwide
Daders en slachtoffers van de gruwelen van de Tweede Wereldoorlog blikken terug op hun rol daarin
Colosseum : Rome's arena of death by Tilman Remme( visu )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 49 libraries worldwide
Television docudrama which tells the true story of Verus a gladiator who fought at the Colosseum in Rome
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Alternative Names
Rees, L.
Rees, Laurence
Rīss, Lorenss 1957-
English (209)
Dutch (16)
French (15)
German (14)
Spanish (12)
Polish (7)
Czech (7)
Italian (3)
Swedish (2)
Danish (2)
Russian (1)
Norwegian (1)
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