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    vanderbilt

    Spring & Summer

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    U N I V E R S I T Y P R E S S

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    frican Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    ging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    nthropology . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

    aregiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    aribbean Studies. . . . . . . . . . . 6

    ivil Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    uban Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . 6, 8

    eath and D ying . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    nvironmental Studies. . . . . . . 10

    uropean History . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    lm Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    ealth Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2ispanic Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    istory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    olocaust Studies . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    uman Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    ewish Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    atin American Studies. . . 3, 8, 9, 10

    iterature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    opular Culture . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 6

    ublic Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    egional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    eligion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    ocial Movements. . . . . . . . . . 10

    ransatlantic Studies . . . . . . . . . 9

    rban Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    S History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    New Title

    Subject Index

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    ublicity still, Carmen Miranda inTe Streets of Paris, 1939.

    ourtesy of www.doctormacro.com.

    From Day to Dayis unlike any other record of personal

    war experience which has yet appeared. There have

    been plenty of other accounts of imprisonment

    and concentration camps but none by a man like

    Mr. Nansen. Writing with no thought of publication,

    merely to keep a record for his wife and to express his

    own boiling emotions, Mr. Nansen somehow created a

    remarkable book. Using stolen paper and stolen time,

    always in fear of being caught, he described each days

    adventures with stark simplicity and intimate authority

    His book, although immensely long, is a continuously

    engrossing narrative. It is filled with vivid, concrete

    details, sharp character sketches, unspeakable horrors.Orville Prescott, New York Times

    Most citizens, one hears, are fed up with books about

    the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps. But

    this book is different from all the others this reviewer

    has read. True, it does not slur over the unspeakable

    barbarities. But it rises above them and reminds us in

    never-to-be-forgotten pages how noble and generous

    the human spirit can be in the face of terrible adversity.

    William L. Shirer, New York He rald-Tribune

    The first two-thirds of Day after Daycan only be

    compared with Dostoevskys House of the Dead; butcompared with the last third of Hr. Nansens book

    The House of the Deadreads like Jane Austen. . . . It

    is a masterpiece. . . . The number of men who have

    successfully exploited the unique character of the diary

    as an art-form can still be counted on the fingers of

    one hand.

    Times Literary Supplement

    From reviews of the 1949 edition:

    This extraordinary diary by a non-Jewish victim of the Nazi regime and its

    collaborators is a rich historical document. Nansens stunning illustrations

    provide a pictorial narrative into the concentration camp world he endured.

    Superbly translated by Katherine John, his text renders his experience

    in clear, muscular prose. We see through his eyes and imagine what he

    describes. We follow him, day by day, as his diary traverses three and a

    half yearsan eternity at that timeand moves with him from the

    Norwegian camp system, the Norwegian regime, and occupied Norway to

    his perspective on the German camp of Sachsenhausen, the Nazi regime in

    Germany, and the final disintegration of the Third Reich.

    Timothy Boyces introduction frames the diary beautifully, setting the

    diary years into the larger picture of Nansens life with just the right bal-

    ance between the private and the public. And his extensive editorial notes

    provide guideposts along the way.

    Debrah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History, Director, Strassler Center for

    Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and author of Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews,

    Above right: Sketch by Odd Nansen. One of the death gangs on the way to theplace of execution, conducted by the AA General.

    Below: Sketch by Odd Nansen. Divine service behind the barbed wire at Veidal.

    This is one of the most searing contemporaneous accounts of the Holocaust,

    but also one of the best written of the great documents of World War II. It

    is a profound indictment of evil, a daily diary of torment and torture, yet

    also somehow a deeply moving love letter. It should find a place on the

    bookshelf of every home, be taught in every school, made into a movie,

    and feted for what it says about mans capacity for humanity in the face

    of satanic loathsomeness. Mr. Nansens decency and courage in the most

    vicious of circumstances shines through on every page; he personifies the

    civilization for which the Allies fought.

    Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second

    World War; Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the

    West, ; and Napoleon: A Life

    A long-forgotten masterpiece. In his secret diary, written inside the Nazi

    camps, the Norwegian prisoner Odd Nansen paints a deeply affecting

    picture of everyday terror, sketching the inmates life and death with

    exceptional clarity and compassion. Rarely has the inhumanity of the

    camps been captured with such humanity. An invaluable document for

    anyone interested in the Nazi camps.

    Nikolaus Wachsmann, author of KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

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    n Norwegian Odd Nansen was

    arrested by the Nazis, and he spent the

    remainder o World War II in concentra-

    tion campsGrini in Oslo, Veidal above

    the Arctic Circle, and Sachsenhausenin Germany. For three and a hal years,

    Nansen kept a secret diary on tissue-paper-

    thin pages later smuggled out by various

    means, including inside the prisoners

    hollowed-out breadboards.

    Unlike writers o retrospective Holo-

    caust memoirs, Nansen recorded the mun-

    dane and horrific details o camp lie as

    they happened, rom day to day. With an

    unsparing eye, Nansen described the casual

    brutality and random terror that was the

    ate o a camp prisoner. His entries reveal

    his constantly rustrated hopes or an early

    end to the war, his longing or his wie

    and children, his horror at the especially

    barbaric treatment reserved or Jews, and

    his disgust at the anti-Semitism o some o

    his ellow Norwegians. Nansen ofen con-

    ronted his German jailors with unusual

    outspokenness and sometimes with a

    sense o humor and absurdity that was not

    appreciated by his captors.

    Afer the Putnams edition receivedrave reviews in , the book ell into

    obscurity. In , in response to a poll

    about the most undeservedly neglected

    book o the preceding quarter-century,

    Carl Sandburg singled out From Day to

    Day, calling it an epic narrative, which

    A dramatic, acutely observed account of three and a half years

    of concentration camp life and death as they unfolded

    From Day to DayOne Mans Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps

    ODD NANSEN

    Edited & annotated by TIMOTHY J. B OYCE Preface by THOMAS BUERGENTHAL

    HO L O CA U S T S T U DIES / HU M A N R IG HT S / EU R O PEA N HIS T O R Y

    took its place among the great affirma-

    tions o the power o the human spirit

    to rise above terror, torture, and death.

    Indeed, Nansen witnessed all the horrors o

    the camps, yet still saw hope or the uture.He sought reconciliation with the German

    people, even donating the proceeds o the

    German edition o his book to German

    reugee relie work. Nansen was ollowing

    in the ootsteps o his ather, Fridtjo, an

    Arctic explorer and humanitarian who was

    awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in or

    his work on behal o World War I reu-

    gees. (Fridtjo also created the Nansen

    passport or stateless persons.)

    Tis new edition, the first in over sixty-

    five years, contains extensive annotations

    and new diary selections never beore

    translated into English. Forty sketches

    o camp lie and death by Nansen, an

    architect and talented drafsman, provide a

    sense o immediacy and acute observation

    matched by the diary entries. Te preace is

    written by Tomas Buergenthal, who was

    ommy, the ten-year-old survivor o the

    Auschwitz Death March, whom Nansen

    met at Sachsenhausen and saved using

    his extra ood rations. Buergenthal, wholater served as a judge on the International

    Court o Justice at Te Hague, is a recipient

    o the Elie Wiesel Award rom the US

    Holocaust Memorial Museum.

    IMay

    pages, x inche

    b&w photos, map, original sketche

    appendixes, inde

    cloth $.t ISBN ----

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