A gripping first-hand account of the devastating "last chapter" of the Holocaust, written by a privileged eyewitness, the secretary of the Hungarian Judenrat, and a member of Budapest's Jewish elite, How It Happened is a unique testament to the senseless
"Could the members of the German-appointed Jewish Council in Hungary have done more to help their fellow Jews, miraculously still numbering more than eight hundred thousand in 1944? The fact that more than half a million perished but the rest survived, in
"How It Happened succeeds both as a riveting, personal account of the days leading up to the Holocaust in Hungary and as a scholarly work that sheds new light on the tragedy of Hungarian Jewry. A valuable addition to Holocaust literature, this is a very r
"Erno Munkácsi's How It Happened is a riveting account, told by one who was there, of the anguished decisions that Hungarian Jewish leaders made and of the actions that they took (or did not take) as the Holocaust unfolded around them. One of the very fir
"One of the first of several immediate postwar engagements with the Hungarian Holocaust, this volume—originally published in 1947 and now translated into English—breaks the myth of silence that the Holocaust historiography claimed has marked this period.
"This is an increasingly anguished memoir by someone whose faith in law and humanity was broken as the details from the Auschwitz Protocols (testimony from camp escapees) became known ... profoundly sad but important reading. We all know how the war ends
"Beyond its value as a primary source, Munkácsi's account is compelling as a human story, and will no doubt prove to be provocative reading for students, scholars, and the general public alike." Hungarian Studies Review