The Ravine by Wendy Lower audiobook

The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed

By Wendy Lower
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A single photograph—an exceptionally rare “action shot” documenting the horrific final moment of the murder of a family—drives a riveting process of discovery for a gifted Holocaust scholar In 2009, the acclaimed author of Hitler’s Furies was shown a photograph just brought to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The documentation of the Holocaust is vast, but there are virtually no images of a Jewish family at the actual moment of murder, in this case by German officials and Ukrainian collaborators. A Ukrainian shooter’s rifle is inches from a woman's head, obscured in a cloud of smoke. She is bending forward, holding the hand of a barefooted little boy. And—only one of the shocking revelations of Wendy Lower’s brilliant ten-year investigation of this image—the shins of another child, slipping from the woman’s lap.   Wendy Lower’s forensic and archival detective work—in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Israel, and the United States—recovers astonishing layers of detail concerning the open-air massacres in Ukraine. The identities of mother and children, of the killers—and, remarkably, of the Slovakian photographer who openly took the image, as a secret act of resistance—are dramatically uncovered. Finally, in the hands of this brilliant exceptional scholar, a single image unlocks a new understanding of the place of the family unit in the ideology of Nazi genocide.         

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

Shortlisted for the Wingate Literary Prize

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A single photograph—an exceptionally rare “action shot” documenting the horrific final moment of the murder of a family—drives a riveting process of discovery for a gifted Holocaust scholar In 2009, the acclaimed author of Hitler’s Furies was shown a photograph just brought to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The documentation of the Holocaust is vast, but there are virtually no images of a Jewish family at the actual moment of murder, in this case by German officials and Ukrainian collaborators. A Ukrainian shooter’s rifle is inches from a woman's head, obscured in a cloud of smoke. She is bending forward, holding the hand of a barefooted little boy. And—only one of the shocking revelations of Wendy Lower’s brilliant ten-year investigation of this image—the shins of another child, slipping from the woman’s lap.   Wendy Lower’s forensic and archival detective work—in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Israel, and the United States—recovers astonishing layers of detail concerning the open-air massacres in Ukraine. The identities of mother and children, of the killers—and, remarkably, of the Slovakian photographer who openly took the image, as a secret act of resistance—are dramatically uncovered. Finally, in the hands of this brilliant exceptional scholar, a single image unlocks a new understanding of the place of the family unit in the ideology of Nazi genocide.         

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book is an act of calculated justice.” The Times (London)
“Lower…set out to hold the perpetrators accountable while restoring the deceased’s dignity and humanity—a feat she accomplished.” Smithsonian
“The Ravine reads like a compelling detective novel.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Looks at a photograph that many refuse to face.” Tablet
“Meticulously researched and thoughtfully written.” Kirkus Reviews
“Makes a persuasive case for how historical scholarship can ‘help turn the wheels of justice.’ This harrowing chronicle casts the Holocaust in a stark new light.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Wendy Lower

Author Bio: Wendy Lower

Wendy Lower is the John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College and research associate of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. A historical consultant for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, she has conducted archival research and field work on the Holocaust for twenty years. She lives with her family in Los Angeles and Munich.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 5.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English