Ian Kershaw writes in a review of KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps, a newly published book by Nikolaus Wachsmann:
Is it possible to say anything new about Nazi Germany? This is, after all, probably the most thoroughly researched period in modern history. … [C]an a major work that alters our perceptions and influences our interpretation still be written?
Nearly two and a half million men, women and children passed through these camps. More than 1.7 million died in them (nearly a million of them in Auschwitz). Around 60,000 men and women served in the camps as guards and other personnel.
Kershaw praises the book as “brilliant” and notes that, among other reasons for its importance, Wachsmann tells what happened “through the eyes of those who inhabited the camps.”
Boris Lurie had been doing that for decades. His NO!art paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, and writings, largely overlooked for decades, are currently mounted in a retrospective exhibit at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Postscript: June 26 — In its latest effort to promote Boris Lurie’s work, a controversial foundation has taken an ad for his S&M novel House of Anita in The New York Review of Books, which has paired it with that “very singular girl” Helen Gurley Brown. It makes a spread of two very singular girls. Lurie is either spinning or laughing in his grave. I think both.