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The Ravine
04 Feb 2021 * HARDBACK * £20 * 9781800246645

A book about a terrible photograph from the Holocaust – an exceptionally rare image documenting the horrific final moment of the murder of a family in Ukraine,

Non Fiction / HBTZ1 (History)
Extent: 272 pages  Format: 234 x 153 mm Illus: 25 integrated b&w
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The Ravine: A family, a photograph, a Holocaust massacre revealedWendy Lower

A strikingly original book about a terrible photograph – an exceptionally rare image documenting the horrific final moments of a Jewish family in Ukraine.

The terrible mass shootings in Poland and the Ukraine are often neglected in studies of the Holocaust, because the perpetrators were meticulously careful to avoid leaving any evidence of their actions. Wendy Lower stumbled across one such piece of evidence – a photograph documenting the shooting of a mother and her children and the men who killed them – and has crafted a forensically brilliant and moving study that brings the larger horror of the genocide into focus.

One of the most compelling themes to emerge from her investigations in Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany and the USA is the identity and the surprising role of the photographer who recorded the killings. He must, she assumed, have been part of the Nazi organization of genocide. The truth was different...

Wendy Lower is the author of the National Book Award and National Jewish Book Award finalist Hitler's Furies, which has been translated into twenty-three languages. Recently the acting director of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lower is the John K. Roth Professor of History and director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College.

A unique angle among Holocaust literature, using photography to shed light on lesser known aspects of the Holocaust.

Author's previous book has been translated into twenty-three languages and shortlisted for high-profile awards such as the National Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award.

MARKET: Philippe Sands; Sonia Purnell; Christopher R. Browning; The Cut Out Girl; The Volunteer.


'A riveting and extraordinary expression of historical excavation and literary non-fiction – detective work of the highest and most gripping order' Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

'[Lower] hopes to recreate the details of that day in Miropol and thus reveal the networks of complicity that made the Holocaust possible. Here, she succeeds with a vengeance' New York Times

'Lower certainly leaves no stone unturned as she recounts her mission in this fascinating book' Jewish News

'Lower meticulously probes the background of the photo, which was dated October 13, 1941 and labeled 'Miropol'' Times of Israel

'An extraordinary and spell-binding new book' Daily Mail

'A brilliant piece of dogged detective work but, more importantly, a deeply moving reconstruction of events that day' Daily Mail

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