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


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Mariner Books
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

WENDY LOWER, the John K. Roth Professor of History and director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College, 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.


"One photograph. That was what it took to start Wendy Lower on an incredible journey of discovery. Using her meticulous historical skills and her gift for shoe-leather investigation, she uncovers and tells a riveting story with implications for the the past and the present. THE RAVINE is a compelling read that is micro and macro history at its very best."--Deborah Lipstadt, author of National Jewish Book Award winner History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier and Antisemitism: Here and Now

"Through her international investigation into a single photograph of the shooting of a Jewish family, Wendy Lower presents the Holocaust on the level of personal crime, uncovering the identities and stories of the victims, including the Jewish child, the killers, the neighbors, and the photographer. Seventy years after the crime, Lower, a historian dedicated to unveiling truths, solves what would otherwise have remained a 'cold case.' Her story is breathtaking."--Father Patrick Desbois, author of National Jewish Book Award winner The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews

"An important and moving contribution to Holocaust literature. The Ravine demonstrates how meticulous research, seventy years after the murder captured in the photograph took place, can lift the veil of anonymity from both victims and perpetrators."--Jan T. Gross, author of National Book Award finalist Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland and Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz

"The profundity of Lower's commitment to justice is both admirable and evident. Meticulously researched and thoughtfully written, her book is a testimonial to the power of countering ignorance with education and the importance of restoring the dignity of personhood to those erased by genocide. An intelligent and restoratively compassionate historical excavation."--Kirkus Reviews

"Meticulously researched . . . [Lower's] search uncovers a wealth of information related to WWII in Ukraine and 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