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Centuries Will Not Suffice: A History of the Lithuanian Holocaust
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Centuries Will Not Suffice: A History of the Lithuanian Holocaust (Hardback)

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'Centuries Will Not Suffice' explores how different people responded to the Lithuanian Holocaust and the roles that they played. It considers the past history of the perpetrators and those who took great risks to save Jews, as well as describing the experiences of many who were caught up in the maelstrom.

Unlike the figures at the top of the Nazi hierarchy, the men who were responsible for the these killings have been largely forgotten. Karl Jager was a senior SS figure who was in charge of the units that carried out most of them. He complained that his experiences caused him to suffer nightmares but continued to order his units to carry on and refused offers of sick leave on the grounds that he regarded it as his duty to remain in his post. He took refuge in compiling painstakingly detailed reports of the killings, listing the numbers executed at every location and breaking them down into men, women and children. The roles played by other figures, from Himmler and Heydrich at the summit, through the ranks of men like Franz Walter Stahlecker to men like Martin Weiss and Bruno Kittel who were personally responsible for carrying out Nazi policies, are all described.

Before the German invasion of Lithuania, two diplomats - Chiune Sugihara from Japan and Jan Zwartendijk from the Netherlands - recognised the great danger that lay ahead for the Jews of the Baltic region and did what they could to help them escape. Karl Plagge, a major in the army, did all he could to save Jews. What perhaps make the terrible story of the Baltic genocide unique is that the Nazi regime was able to rely upon collaboration by convincing the populace that the Soviet invasion of the area was the responsibility of the Jews.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsGenocide & ethnic cleansingThe HolocaustHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsJewish studies Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/04/2023 ISBN-13: 9781398115156  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Pritpal ('Prit') Buttar was educated at St John's College Oxford where he gained a BA in physiological sciences. From Oxford he went on to King's College Hospital School of Medicine and Dentistry, London where he obtained his MBBS followed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, London, where he received his MRCGP. From 1987-1992 he was a Medical Officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps. On leaving the army he worked as a GP. Prit has written a number of books on the Eastern Front in both WW1 and WW2. He has amassed sales in the US and the UK of more than 150,000 copies with translations into Polish, Lithuanian, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian and Chinese.

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