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Against All Hope: Resistance in the Nazi Concentration Camps, 1938-1945

Against All Hope: Resistance in the Nazi Concentration Camps, 1938-1945
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Index , Notes , Bibliography
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"A valuable book that fills a void in the English language literature about concentration camps and especially resistance in the camps. Admirably objective and lucid, Langbein's book draws on his own personal experience and on his meticulous research. This is essential reading." --Henry Friedlander, editor of The Holocaust: Ideology, Bureaucracy, and Genocide

Well researched and written!
"Well researched and written. A chapter of the Second World War entirely unknown to American readers. Resistance against the Nazis in the most unlikely places can serve as evidence that there will always be people to fight against tyranny, no matter how limited the opportunities and how great the risk." --Lucjan Dobroszycki, editor of Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto 1941-1944

A truthful account...
"Up to now the full story of resistance in all its details has never before been told. Langbein gives a truthful account of what really happened . . . refutes misconceptions and legends. An important history . . . bears witness to what we are capable of." --Eugen Kogon, author of Theory and Practice of Hell

Inspiring and infomative!
"Inspiring and informative, this book fills large gaps in what we know about resistance in the concentration camps." --Kirkus Reviews

An unforgettable testament
In this major and comprehensive work, hailed by Le Monde as a "monumental study," Hermann Langbein shatters the myth that all prisoners of concentration camps, during World War II, passively let themselves be slaughtered. A prisoner himself and one of the leaders of resistance at Auschwitz, Langbein painstakingly documents the detailed account of the history of the camps and the story of the resistance. Spanning the initial years to the chaotic weeks before liberation, Against All Hope is the first systematic presentation of organized resistance. Deeply moving, it is an unforgettable testament to the resilience and determination of the human spirit.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

The Conditions

2. The Concentration Camps from 1938 to 1945
3. The Self-Government of the Inmates
4. The Battle Between Reds and Greens
5. What Is Meant by Resistance?
6. Sources and Critique of Sources
7. Different Conditions and Changed Goals

The Actors

8. The Germans in the Resistance
9. The Role of the Communists
10. Social Democrats in the Resistance
11. The Special Role of the Austrians
12. The Poles
13. The Russians
14. Other Ethnic Groups
15. Groups in a Special Position

The Actions

16. The Saving of Lives
17. Against the Inhumanity of the System
18. Breaking Out of the Isolation
19. Escapes as Lifesavers
20. Resistance and Rebellion
21. Sabotage
22. Resisting Demoralization

The End

23. The End Is in Sight
24. The Liberation of the Concentration Camps
25. A Personal Word in Conclusion



HERMANN LANGBEIN was born in Vienna in 1912 and went to Spain in 1938 as a member of the International Brigade. He was interned in France, but was moved to Dachau in 1941 and then to Auschwitz in 1942. He is now Secretary of the International Concentration Camps Committee and has published numerous books on Auschwitz.

HARRY ZOHN, a native of Vienna, has translated numerous works from the German, including those of Freud, Walter Benjamin and Theodore Herzel. He is professor at Brandeis University and holds a Ph.D. in Germanic languages from Harvard University.

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