Join journalist Andrea Pitzer (The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov, 2013), the founder of the Nieman Storyboard at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, as she discusses her recent book One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps (Little Brown, Sept. 2017), a groundbreaking, haunting, and profoundly moving history of modernity’s greatest tragedy. In this harrowing work based on archival records and interviews during travel to four continents, Andrea Pitzer reveals for the first time the human and global story of concentration camps. The book has been called one of the ten best history books of 2017 by Smithsonian Magazine.
Beginning with 1890s Cuba and ending with Guantanamo today, she pinpoints camps around the world. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea that took root during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation, political repression, and extermination. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions.
In its starred review, Kirkus called One Long Night “a potent, powerful history of cruelty & dehumanization.”