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Hirsh, Michael 1943-

Overview
Works: 151 works in 175 publications in 1 language and 2,986 library holdings
Genres: Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Biography  History  Personal narratives  Interviews  Case studies  Naval history  Humor  Military history 
Roles: Author
Classifications: D805.G3, 940.53185
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Most widely held works by Michael Hirsh
The liberators : America's witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At last, the everyday fighting men who were the first Americans to know the full and horrifying truth about the Holocaust share their astonishing stories. Rich with powerful never-before-published details from the author's interviews with more than 150 U.S. soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camps, The Liberators is an essential addition to the literature of World War II--and a stirring testament to Allied courage in the face of inconceivable atrocities. Taking us from the beginnings of the liberators' final march across Germany to V-E Day and beyond, Michael Hirsh allows us to walk in their footsteps, experiencing the journey as they themselves experienced it. But this book is more than just an in-depth account of the liberation. It reveals how profoundly these young men were affected by what they saw--the unbelievable horror and pathos they felt upon seeing "stacks of bodies like cordwood" and "skeletonlike survivors" in camp after camp. That life-altering experience has stayed with them to this very day. It's been well over half a century since the end of World War II, and they still haven't forgotten what the camps looked like, how they smelled, what the inmates looked like, and how it made them feel. Many of the liberators suffer from what's now called post-traumatic stress disorder and still experience Holocaust-related nightmares. Here we meet the brave souls who--now in their eighties and nineties--have chosen at last to share their stories. Corporal Forrest Robinson saw masses of dead bodies at Nordhausen and was so horrified that he lost his memory for the next two weeks. Melvin Waters, a 4-F volunteer civilian ambulance driver, recalls that a woman at Bergen-Belsen "fought us like a cat because she thought we were taking her to the crematory." Private Don Timmer used his high school German to interpret for General Dwight Eisenhower during the supreme Allied commander's visit to Ohrdruf, the first camp liberated by the Americans. And Phyllis Lamont Law, an army nurse at Mauthausen-Gusen, recalls the shock and, ultimately, "the hope" that "you can save a few." From Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany to Mauthausen in Austria, The Liberators offers readers an intense and unforgettable look at the Nazi death machine through the eyes of the men and women who were our country's witnesses to the Holocaust. The liberators' recollections are historically important, vivid, riveting, heartbreaking, and, on rare occasions, joyous and uplifting. This book is their opportunity, perhaps for the last time, to tell the world. -- From the Hardcover edition. -- taken from the OverDrive website
Terri : the truth by Michael Schiavo( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terri Schiavo's husband describes his wife's collapse, the years of care for her up to her death, the reasons why he fought for her right to die, and how he felt justified in having two children with another woman while Terri was still alive
A sniper's journey : the truth about the man behind the rifle by Gary D Mitchell( Book )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These were not combat kills, but most likely targets assigned by agents in the CIA-backed Phoenix Program
None braver : U.S. Air Force pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism by Michael Hirsh( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An inside look at the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan chronicles the exploits of the 71st Rescue Squadron
Pirate Alley : commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia by Terry McKnight( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.) served as Commander, Counter-Piracy Task Force-Gulf of Aden. He wrote the first draft of the Navy's handbook on fighting piracy while serving as the initial commander of Combined Task Force 151, an international effort to deploy naval vessels from several nations in a manner designed to prevent piracy in the Gulf of Aden and farther out into the Indian Ocean. McKnight personally commanded operations that disrupted several hijackings in progress, and resulted in the capture of sixteen Somali pirates. That's when he ran head-on into the bizarre U.S. policy
None braver : [U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the war on terrorism] by Michael Hirsh( Recording )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan
Your other left! : punch lines from the front lines by Michael Hirsh( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pirate Alley Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia by Michael Hirsh( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.) served as Commander, Counter-Piracy Task Force -- Gulf of Aden. He wrote the first draft of the Navy's handbook on fighting piracy while serving as the initial commander of Combined Task Force 151, an international effort to deploy naval vessels from several nations in a manner designed to prevent piracy in the Gulf of Aden and farther out into the Indian Ocean. McKnight personally commanded operations that disrupted several hijackings in progress, and resulted in the capture of 16 Somali pirates. That's when he ran head-on into the bizarre U.S. policy of catch-and-release, and realized that there's a lot more to fighting piracy than just catching some skinny youngsters armed with AK-47s and RPGs. After his tour in the waters off the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, he retired from the Navy and began seriously researching the subject. As a result, he and his co-author, journalist Michael Hirsh, have put together a very readable book that serves as a comprehensive introductory course on the subject. Pirate Alley includes a behind-the-scenes look at the SEAL Team 6 takedown of the pirates who had kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama. It also reveals what a young PhD candidate from Duke University found during three months on the ground in Somali pirate villages. Pirate Alley explores every aspect of Somali piracy, from how the pirates operate to how the actions of a relative handful of youthful criminals and their bosses have impacted the world economy. The book examines various answers to the question: "How do you solve a problem like Somalia?" It explores the debate over the recently adopted practice of putting armed guards aboard merchant ships, and focuses on the best management practices that are changing the ways that ships are outfitted for travel through what's known as the High Risk Area."--
Citizen Soldier : Season 1( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These 10 episodes of Citizen Soldier explore topics on military history and current affairs through interviews and discussion with experts, scholars, military personnel, veterans, and authors
It shouldn't hurt to be a kid( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teens regularly share their problems with one another. That truth is the guiding principle behind Natural Helpers, a program wherein teens are trained to recognize and respond to other teens in crisis and to get approgriate help. Helpers are regularly approached by teens struggling with drugs, alcohol, and depression, or who are contemplating suicide. As host Tina Yothers says, "It shouldn't hurt to be a kid, but often it does."
Who's there for the victim( Visual )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary on Rape Victim Advocates, a Chicago group that works to ensure that victims of rape are treated with dignity, understanding, and compassion. Shows how the group's volunteers are trained to cooperate with police and medical personnel while at the same time providing emotional support to the victim and her family. Describes support services provided by the group from the time the victim is brought to the hospital and in the ensuing weeks
College can be killing( Visual )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines and evaluates the effectiveness of various preventive approaches to combat student suicide. Includes the comments of deans, resident advisers, parents, and students
Joe Lipsius oral history interview by Joseph Lipsius( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Joe Lipsius. Lipsius was a captain in the 69th Infantry Division, which liberated Leipzig-Thekla, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, though he himself was not present at that camp. He was drafted in October 1941 and spent three years training other soldiers for the 96th and 69th Infantry Divisions. The 69th arrived in Europe in December 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, then moved across the Siegfried Line and into Germany. Lipsius was one of the regiment's officers and was behind the rest of the troops planning their movements. While moving through Germany, he encountered one labor camp with Hungarian Jewish women, which a sergeant found and called to his attention. The women were not starving but wanted to be let out of the camp, which was against Lipsius's orders. Lipsius maintains a website about the 69th Division and its activity during World War II
Frederick "Fritz" Krenkler oral history interview by Frederick Krenkler( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Frederick "Fritz" Krenkler. Krenkler, who was born in Germany, was in an Intelligence & Reconnaissance platoon in the 42nd Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. As a native speaker of German, his job was to question prisoners, looking for war criminals. He was ordered to take two POWs to show him the best way to Dachau; as they approached, a tank fired on their jeep. Krenkler did not go into the camp that day as he was interrogating the guards in a courtyard and quickly moved on to continue his work. He returned to visit the camp several weeks later, after the war had ended. In this interview, he also discusses post-traumatic stress disorder and how seeing Dachau has affected his life
Jean Fenchel oral history interview by Jean Fenchel( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This is an oral history interview with Jean Fenchel, widow of Holocaust concentration camp liberator Herbert D. Fenchel. Dr. Fenchel was a member of the 4th Armored Division, which liberated Ohrdruf on April 4, 1945. His tank was one of the first to enter the gates. He died in October 2008, before this interview was conducted. Mrs. Fenchel briefly describes her husband's initial encounter with Ohrdruf and recounts a trip that she and her husband made to the camp many years later
Dorothy Maroon oral history interview by Dorothy Maroon( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Dorothy Maroon. Maroon was a nurse with the 131st Evacuation Hospital, which was one of the units sent to Gusen after its liberation on May 5, 1945. At the same time the war ended, they received word of the camp and were dispatched there to take care of the prisoners. The nurses did not go into the camp for several days after they arrived there and, once they had, stayed in the officers' quarters at some distance from the camp. Maroon and the other nurses tended the patients, many of whom were taken back to their countries of origin, and saw the crematoria and other places in the camp. She and the other nurses were very close, and Maroon used to host their annual reunions
Max R. Schmidt oral history interview by Max R Schmidt( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This is an oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Max R. Schmidt. Schmidt was a member of the 80th Infantry Division, which liberated Buchenwald on April 12, 1945. He arrived in Europe as a replacement in March 1945, meeting the 80th in Germany. Schmidt and his unit got to Buchenwald the day after its liberation; they only passed it, not having the chance to stay or go inside. He could smell the camp as they approached and saw piles of weapons confiscated from the Weimar townspeople. Passing the camp, Schmidt saw the barracks and some of the prisoners. He and some friends went back to Buchenwald in 1994 and toured it; though the memorial was closed, the staff made a special exception for them. Schmidt is very active in a number of veterans' groups, including the division association
Michael Hirsch manuscript collection by Michael Hirsh( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collection consists of Michael Hirsh's original manuscripts, photographs, research, correspondence, and proofs related to the publication of The Liberators: America's Witnesses to the Holocaust
Robert J. Straba oral history interview by Robert J Straba( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Robert J. Straba. Straba was a member of the 14th Armored Division, which liberated the POW camp Stalag VII A at Moosburg on April 29, 1945. The division had a small firefight to get into the camp, and when they came through the gate, Straba was immediately struck by how emaciated the prisoners were. His captain ordered the cooks to make pancakes for the prisoners, not realizing that they could not handle such rich food. Straba's unit left the next morning, and he did not see the entire camp, although he did encounter one airman who had only been a prisoner for two weeks and was eager to go with them and continue fighting. Straba also saw a number of small slave labor camps and went to Dachau after the war ended
Ted Simonson oral history interview by Ted Simonson( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Oral history interview with Holocaust concentration camp liberator Ted Simonson. Simonson was a member of the 42nd Infantry Division, which liberated Dachau on April 29, 1945. En route to Munich, his unit received reports of a prison and went to investigate. There was a brief skirmish, but they quickly took control of the camp and went inside. Simonson was not in the camp for very long, but he did see the death train and some of the survivors, two of whom were killed on the electric fence. His unit was redirected to the town of Dachau, where they asked the civilians about the camp; all of them denied knowing anything. Simonson, a retired teacher, often spoke about the Holocaust to students at his school. In this interview, he also tells some other war stories, including an incident where fellow Dachau liberator Dee Eberhart saved his life
 
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The liberators : America's witnesses to the Holocaust
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Terri : the truthA sniper's journey : the truth about the man behind the rifleNone braver : U.S. Air Force pararescuemen in the War on TerrorismYour other left! : punch lines from the front lines