DS has just finished GCSEs and will be doing AS next year, one of which is History. School run a competition (as an extra to the curriculum) for an essay on Auschwitz and DS wants to have a crack at it.
Can someone recommend a good book for him to read over the summer, please, bearing in mind that he already has the basics after two years on WW11 and wants to write a scholarly piece.
I just wrote u a message and my phone deleted it. I'm not a teacher but have just done degree in history. Have a look at primo levi survivor of camp. Christopher Browning and Ian kershaw may be of use. Will have proper think when i get in from work.
Thanks for your thoughts so far. I don't know what approach he will be taking. I asked about a framework or guidelines but he said there weren't any. He has already been to Auschwitz with the GCSE group and found it deeply moving.
The moral / emotional / personal side of Auschwitz has been very widely written of. Much less well-known is the economics of the camp system.
The camps were meant to be a self-financing agency - the implications of this largely shaped the mundane horrors of camp life. So the clothes, suitcases, watches, even hair, of the Jew victims were sold to pay for the hire of the trains that took them there in the first place; slave labour was rented out to factory owners etc (which is how Schindler was able to operate his famous list). The corruption was VAST.
Somehow that the camps were run for profit is worse than for ideology.
DJ Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners and Christopher Browning Ordinary Men are interesting recent works to compare and contrast, and make quite compelling reading. Goldhagen challenges Browning, so may be best to read Browning first.
Has he visited the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum? Very moving and effective, covering all different aspects and angles so might complement his Auschwitz experience, and the bookshop there would be a good place to find other resources.