Masterful Historians Take Use of Oral History to New Level

"Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp" by Christopher R. Browning (W.H. Norton and Co., 2010)

"The Death of the Shtetl" by Yehuda Bauer (Yale University Press, 2010)

Among the great privileges of reading contemporary Holocaust history is seeing the maturation of a field, especially the distinguished work of its most senior and most respected historians as they break new ground, cover new fields and hone their skills.

Two recent books have done just that, in the process advancing the tools by which we can understand this history.