Christain Bernadac, Accurate and well Researched Set of Books
One of the most accurate and well researched set of books on the Holocaust before and during "World War Two" are the 12 volumes by Christain Bernadac, by Ferri Publishing, of Geneva for Friends of History in the 1970s. This issue is reserved for Friends of History. the holocaust and deportation and destruction of millions of people is not a story to be told, but a difficult heritage to transmit: the suffering of the men, women and children tho endured the days without end. It was Christain Bernadac,wish perhaps, that through the publication of these numberless accounts, many of us will be able to approach this universe, many sided, complex, irrational and common place banality of evil, or the beastliness of man; but an inspiration if you cling to the acts of solidarity and resistance, to the personalities revealed, their friendships and their gift of themselves, and the triumph of essential values.
In this fleeting awareness of moment to moment, analysis was only possible for a minority, with a margin of error in significant evaluation, for the system varied constantly with the phases of the war, the political and industrial requirements, and the interpretations of the administrative or penitentiary hierarchy. And pages must be reserved for reticence, relative well-being, and new orientations which necessitate a final reconstitution of the problems presented.
The 12 Volumes Set by Christain Bernadac, by Ferri Publishing
Christian Bernadac, He was a son of a French Deportee
Christian Bernadac, was born on 1 August 1937 in Tarascon-sur-Ariege which is in southwestern France and her died December 14, 2003 he was 66 years old. He was a remarkable French journalist and a great writer known for his writings on World War II and the Holocaust. He was a son of a Deportee, so he carried the reality of war in his heart, but rather than bear alone the burden, he decided starting in the years 1967 to tell what his father had told and sent him, and that his remarkable research has allowed him to discover, through a collection of 12 books devoted entirely to the Holocaust and the deportation of millions of innocent people to their deaths.
Christian Bernadac, he carried the Reality of war in His Heart,
Bernadac was not a Historian or a Philosopher, a Great Journalist
Here we have twelve volumes, to answer a double question: how and why was man permitted to commit this crime, perhaps the most terrible of our history, and why did he wish to do so? The answer, the answers are to be found, Christain Bernadac believe, in the texts of these inquiries, even if they are not always directly observable in black and white. At least, now most of the pieces of the puzzle have been brought together. Bernadac was neither an historian nor a philosopher, but simply a journalist, and his role is limited to preparing and saving these thousands of accounts which would never have been written except for his stubbornness. Tomorrow they may render service to those who want to go further than the testimony.
Christain Bernadac photo of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp
Surprisingly Bernadac Books were an Overnight Success.
It is interesting that these detailed and sometimes graphic books were treated by their publishers as common books, and it did not matter that the content was so intense. Surprisingly they were an overnight success. This allowed the publishers to make an implicit collection, based on the name of the author, and grouping these twelve books on the deportation was a masterful move. On the other hand, the work of Bernadac still arouses great controversy among disbelievers of the holocaust since its authenticity is without question, this is probably because of the horror revealed was too much for the critics of the holocaust to deal with factually.
A Detailed Map of the Deportees' Camps & Camp Annexes
Witches of God, by Christian Bernadic, by Ferni Publishing House
An Exhaustive study of the Concentration Camp System
Michel de Bouard, at that time Dean of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Caen (a former deportee of Mauthausen) wrote, in 1954: “When the survivors of the deportation have disappeared, the archivists of the future may be in possession of a few papers which are unknown to us today: but the principal source will be gone: and by this I mean the living memory of the witnesses. An exhaustive study of the concentration camp system will be made by our generation, or it will not be made at all.”
Photo of Christain Bernadac a Great French Journalist in 1966
Bernadac Books are Based on years of Painstaking Research
The theme of his well-written and detailed books shows great research and legitimacy of many facts about the deportations of millions of innocent civilians by the Nazi forces. His books have long been the subject of controversy from folks that find these facts hard to believe. However, it was established that the works of Bernadac are based on years of painstaking objective research, even if there is no doubt that the author was inspired by the past of his remarkable father Robert Bernadac, who was a policeman, and later a clandestine radio in the Resistance, he was deported to Sachsenhausen camp by the Nazi occupying forces. Christian Bernadac works have only deepened truths transmitted by his father through the research he has done as a great journalist.
The Truth of Nazi Deportation and Murder on the Industrial Scale
Christian Bernadic was the son of a deportee. The deportation is like a birthmark on him. He has approached it as he would an archeological exploration, seeking not only artifacts (anecdotes), but looking for the underlying meaning of each level (Behavior, attitudes, reactions, conclusions). The confrontation, contradictions on facts, sensations, personal truths lay bare, without interpretation, constitute the ethical doctrine of the reporter. He plays no part in the bitterness’s, enmities and the quarrels (why try to hide them?) arising from a plurality of camp federations and associations. Whether we wish it or not, the Nazi enforced deportation and murder on the industrial scale are an invention of modern technology and nation building, and the recounting of it, the study of its origins and development simply in terms of testimony only results in a shocking realization that man has a very deep and dark side to his persona.
The Nazis amused themselves by Terrifying "Sports Events."
Christian Bernadac Books were Translated into Many Languages
Christian Bernadac gave us the Truth on Concentration Camps.
In a time when the nations and governments of this world conceals enormous amounts of facts to society, I found it refreshing and timely to share this collection, which unfortunately is now little discussed at learning events of the Second World War, and it is nice to reveals to a blindsided public the truth. Yes it may be faint to read the atrocities suffered by the deportees, elements are sometimes hard to deal with, but truth lives. It is nice to see Bernadac was strong of enough to shed light on the horrible truths that are now squeezed out by teachers, be it voluntarily or not, because some truths about the war still remain in the shadows, and thankfully for hard research and work by men like Christian Bernadac we have some light, and truth on what really happened in the concentration camps.
Here is a photo of the 186 Steps of Death, named by Bernadac
Below are the true French titles of Christian Bernadac Books
Below are the true French titles of Christian Bernadac Books, and the dates they were first published in France. before the titles were rename for the British and American market.1967: The Cursed Doctors (The human medical experiments in concentration camps). This book deals with the experiences of doctors in concentration camps.1968: The Doctors of the impossible, which highlights the dedication and achievements of the deported doctors toward their fellow prisoners.1969: Wizards of Heaven evokes the action and importance of religion in the concentration camps.1970: The Death Train reveals many secrets about the convoy of July 2, 1944 to Dachau, which claimed about 536 deaths.1971: The Naked Mannequins I, is a testimony of the women deported to Auschwitz.1972: The Naked Mannequins II; The women's camp, is a testimony of the women deported to Ravensbrück.1973: The Naked Mannequins III; Kommandos women evokes external Kommandos camps and actions.1974: Mauthausen I; The 186 Steps and a book about men deported to Mauthausen.1975: Mauthausen II; The ninth circle deals with external Kommandos of the Austrian camps.1976: Mauthausen III; Endless days is a continuation of Mauthausen II, about external commandos.1979: The Forgotten Holocaust; The massacre of Gypsies camp evokes Gypsy camp deportees.1980: The Red Gorge; The last camp is a story of the deportation to Sachsenhausen Robert Bernadac, the author's father.
`Christian Bernadac "Days Without End" Heart Breaking Photos
Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France, the Birth Place of Christian Bernadac
A Great deal of Research of Archives was done by Mr. Bernadac
Pam Olson on October 08, 2020:
I have been looking for this set of 12 book for years! I see someone has a set of 16 but I only know of the 12. Found them on Ebay but only 9 of the 12. I put in an offer for less than they are asking. one book not included is Days without end. Will wait to hear from Ebay.
Ken Mans on March 16, 2019:
I have a complete mint condition set of 16 books not 12 . Anyone interested
Glenn Waters (author) on September 10, 2015:
Amen Chantelle ... I guess Christian Bernadac and other writers of his era had hope that mankind would learn from this tragedy. His detailed recording of events would somehow show mankind the darker side of our nature, and we would learn to master this evil. But sadly with news just as dark, and horrifying showing up every day today all over this world we still have not learn anything from our past mistakes. :(
Chantelle Porter from Ann Arbor on September 10, 2015:
Such a fascinating yet horrifying and tragic topic. It's still hard to understand all these years hence.
Glenn Waters (author) on September 10, 2015:
Thank you Chantelle for you comment ... "Les 186 Marches" the 186 Steps, was the name Christian Bernadac gave the "Stairway of Death" but in his notes he probably took the name from the survivors that he was interviewing for his book, it did make a great title in 1974. I guess the countless workers who die probably did count them the hard way, they probably deserve the credit, but thinks to Christian's work they are not forgotten.
Chantelle Porter from Ann Arbor on September 10, 2015:
Fascinating reading. I did not know that he named the 186 steps.