One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps

By Andrea Pitzer
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14.14 Hours 09/19/2017 unabridged
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A groundbreaking, haunting, and profoundly moving history of modernity’s greatest tragedy: concentration camps For over 100 years, at least one concentration camp has existed somewhere on Earth. First used as battlefield strategy, camps have evolved with each passing decade, in the scope of their effects and the savage practicality with which governments have employed them. Even in the twenty-first century, as we continue to reckon with the magnitude and horror of the Holocaust, history tells us we have broken our own solemn promise of “never again.” In this harrowing work based on archival records and interviews during travel to four continents, Andrea Pitzer reveals for the first time the chronological and geopolitical history of concentration camps. Beginning with 1890s Cuba, she pinpoints concentration camps around the world and across decades. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation and political repression. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even the interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions. Drawing from exclusive testimony, landmark historical scholarship, and stunning research, Andrea Pitzer unearths the roots of this appalling phenomenon, exploring and exposing the staggering toll of the camps: our greatest atrocities, the extraordinary survivors, and even the intimate, quiet moments that have also been part of camp life during the past century.

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A groundbreaking, haunting, and profoundly moving history of modernity’s greatest tragedy: concentration camps

For over 100 years, at least one concentration camp has existed somewhere on Earth. First used as battlefield strategy, camps have evolved with each passing decade, in the scope of their effects and the savage practicality with which governments have employed them. Even in the twenty-first century, as we continue to reckon with the magnitude and horror of the Holocaust, history tells us we have broken our own solemn promise of “never again.”

In this harrowing work based on archival records and interviews during travel to four continents, Andrea Pitzer reveals for the first time the chronological and geopolitical history of concentration camps. Beginning with 1890s Cuba, she pinpoints concentration camps around the world and across decades. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation and political repression. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even the interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions.

Drawing from exclusive testimony, landmark historical scholarship, and stunning research, Andrea Pitzer unearths the roots of this appalling phenomenon, exploring and exposing the staggering toll of the camps: our greatest atrocities, the extraordinary survivors, and even the intimate, quiet moments that have also been part of camp life during the past century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fearless and elegant tale of human cruelty but also of human courage.” Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“A disturbing yet important work on a universal calamity of the modern era…consistently fascinating.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“With a keen, discerning eye, Pitzer…rigorously blends deep archival research, eyewitness accounts, and memoirs with on-site reporting from six continents, and tracks how mass civilian detention has evolved over time.” National Book Review
“A potent, powerful history of cruelty and dehumanization.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Engrossing history…. Pitzer excels at focusing this sprawling history on the personal level.” Publishers Weekly
“A clear-eyed and powerful exposure of the horrors of concentration camps.” Annie Jacobsen, Pulitzer Prize finalist
“Andrea Pitzer’s searing One Long Night proceeds like an epic poem charged with the horror of concentration camps on six continents. It is a tale full of sound and fury, unfortunately signifying plenty. ‘Old camps reopen, new ones are born,’ Pitzer tells us in her clean prose that is cogent, passionate, profound, and profoundly disturbing.” Peter Davis, author of Girl of My Dreams

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Author Bio: Andrea Pitzer

Andrea Pitzer’s writing has appeared in many places, from USA Today to Poet Lore. She also founded Nieman Storyboard, the narrative nonfiction site of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Pitzer presented on Nabokov’s fiction at the 2009 Modern Language Association Conference.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English