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Heather Dune Macadam, Caroline Moorehead
Description: On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women--many of them teenagers--were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish--but also because they were female. Heather Dune Macadam reveals their stories to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.
Call Number: 940.5318 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Dita Kraus, Patience Tomlinson
Description: Dita Kraus grew up in Prague in an intellectual, middle-class Jewish family. She went to school, played with her friends, and never thought of herself as being different, until the advent of the Holocaust. Torn from her home, Dita was sent to Auschwitz with her family. From her time in the children's block of Auschwitz to her liberation from the camps and on into her adulthood, Dita's powerful memoir sheds light on an incredible life, one that is delayed no longer.
Call Number: 940.5318 Kra
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Melissa Müller, Reinhard Piechocki
Call Number: 940.5318 Mul
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Martin Ostrow, Hal Linden, Kurt Klein, David G. McCullough, Stephanie Munroe
Description: A troubling picture of the U.S. during a time beset by anti-Semitism and a government that, due to complex social and political factors, delayed action and suppressed information and blocked efforts that could have saved hundreds of thousands of people.
Call Number: 940.5318 Ame
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Doreen Rappaport
Description: Recounts the efforts of Jews who organized others and sabotaged the Nazis during the Holocaust, including Georges Loinger who smuggled children from occupied France into Switzerland and four brothers who led refugees into the forest to build a village and an army.
Call Number: J 940.5318 Rap
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Timothy Snyder
Description: "It comforts us to believe that the Holocaust was a unique event. But as Timothy Snyder shows, we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust, and some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the ecological panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920s. As ideological and environmental challenges to the world order mount, our societies might be more vulnerable than we would like to think." --publisher's description
Call Number: 940.5318 Sny
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Dan McMillan
Description: In How Could This Happen, historian Dan McMillan distills the vast body of Holocaust research into a cogent explanation and comprehensive analysis of the genocide's many causes, revealing how a once-progressive society like Germany could have carried out this crime. The Holocaust, he explains, was caused not by one but by a combination of factors--from Germany's failure to become a democracy until 1918, to the widespread acceptance of anti-Semitism and scientific racism, to the effects of World War I, which intensified political divisions within the country and drastically lowered the value of human life in the minds of an entire generation. Synthesizing the myriad causes that led Germany to disaster, McMillan shows why thousands of Germans carried out the genocide while millions watched, with cold indifference, as it enveloped their homeland. How Could This Happen explains how a perfect storm of bleak circumstances, malevolent ideas, and damaged personalities unleashed history's most terrifying atrocity.--Excerpted from publisher.
Call Number: 940.5318 McM
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Bernice Eisenstein
Call Number: B Eis
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Mark Jonathan Harris, Deborah Oppenheimer
Description: The stories of Jewish children who were sent to England to be kept safe from Nazi terror. In book format.
Call Number: 940.5316 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 7, 2022
Deborah Oppenheimer, Mark Jonathan Harris, Judi Dench, Lee Holdridge, Don Lenzer
Description: Academy Award-winning documentary chronicling the mass exodus of Jewish children from pre-World War II Germany into neutral countries, where they were adopted by new families.
Call Number: 940.5316 Int
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 7, 2022
Rebecca Frankel
Description: A story of love, escape, and survival, from wartime Poland to a wedding in Connecticut. In the summer of 1942, the Rabinowitz family narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest. They miraculously survived two years in the woods--through brutal winters, Typhus outbreaks, and merciless Nazi raids--until they were liberated by the Red Army in 1944. After the war they crossed the Alps into Italy where they settled as refugees before eventually immigrating to the United States. During the first ghetto massacre, Miriam Rabinowitz rescued a young boy named Philip by pretending he was her son. Nearly a decade later, a chance encounter at a wedding in Brooklyn would lead Philip to find the woman who saved him. And to discover her daughter Ruth was the love of his life.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5318 Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Mala Kacenberg
Description: "The incredible true story of a young girl who navigated dangerous forests, outwitted Nazi soldiers, and survived against all odds with the companionship of a stray cat"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Elie Wiesel
Description: An autobiographical narrative in which the author describes his experiences in Nazi concentration camps.
Call Number: 940.548 Wie
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Ruth Gruener, Rachel Klein
Description: "Ruth Gruener was a hidden child during the Holocaust. At the end of the war, she and her parents were overjoyed to be free. But their struggles as displaced people had just begun. In war-ravaged Europe, they waited for paperwork for a chance to come to America. Once they arrived in Brooklyn, they began to build a new life, but spoke little English. Ruth started at a new school and tried to make friends -- but continued to fight nightmares and flashbacks of her time during World War II. The family's perseverance is a classic story of the American dream, but also illustrates the difficulties that millions of immigrants face in the aftermath of trauma. This is a gripping and human account of a survivor's journey forward with timely connections to refugee and immigrant experiences worldwide today"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Gru
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Hedi Fried, Alice E. Olsson
Description: 'There are no stupid questions, nor any forbidden ones, but there are some questions that have no answer.' Hedi Fried was nineteen when the Nazis snatched her family from their home in Eastern Europe and transported them to Auschwitz, where her parents were murdered and she and her sister were forced into hard labor until the end of the war. Now ninety-four, she has spent her life educating young people about the Holocaust and answering their questions about one of the darkest periods in human history. Questions like, 'How was it to live in the camps?', 'Did you dream at night?', 'Why did Hitler hate the Jews?', and 'Can you forgive?'.
Call Number: 940.5318 Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
June Hersh, N. Y.) Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York
Call Number: 641.5676 Rec
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Lyn Smith
Call Number: 940.5318 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Renia Spiegel, Elizabeth Bellak, Sarah Durand, Deborah E. Lipstadt, Anna Blasiak
Description: The long-hidden diary of a young Polish woman's last days during the Holocaust, translated for the first time into English. Renia Spiegel was a young girl from an upper-middle class Jewish family living on an estate in Stawki, Poland, near what was at that time the border with Romania. In the summer of 1939, Renia and her sister were visiting their grandparents in Przemysl, right before the Germans invaded Poland. Like Anne Frank, Renia recorded her days in her beloved diary. She also filled it with beautiful original poetry. Her diary records how she grew up, fell in love, and was rounded up by the invading Nazis and forced to move to the ghetto in Przemsyl with all the other Jews. Renia's boyfriend Zygmund was able to find a tenement for Renia to hide in with his parents and took her out of the ghetto. This is all described in the Diary, as well as the tragedies that befell her family and her ultimate fate in 1942, as written in by Zygmund on the Diary's final page. The raw, yet beautiful account depicts Renia's angst over the horrors going on around her.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5318 Spi
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Primo Levi
Call Number: 940.5472 Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Howard Reich, Elie Wiesel
Description: An in-depth conversation between Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, and a son of survivors, Howard Reich. During the last four years of Wiesel's life, he met frequently with Reich to discuss the subject that linked them: Reich's father, Robert Reich, and Wiesel were both liberated from the Buchenwald death camp on April 11, 1945. What had started as an interview assignment from the Chicago Tribune evolved into a friendship and a partnership, Reich and Wiesel believed their colloquy represented an exchange between two generations deeply affected by a cataclysmic event. Wiesel--at the end of his life--looks back on his ideas and writings on the Holocaust, synthesizing them in his conversations with Reich. The insights on life, ethics, and memory that Wiesel offers and Reich illuminates will not only help the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors understand their painful inheritance, but will benefit everyone, young or old. -- From book jacket flap.
Call Number: 940.5318 Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Eddie Jaku
Description: "Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed on 9 November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz, then on the Nazi death march. He lost family, friends, his country. Because he survived, Eddie made the vow to smile every day. He pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom and living his best possible life. He now believes he is the 'happiest man on earth'"--Publisher.
Call Number: 940.5318 Jak
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Judith Batalion
Description: "One of the most important untold stories of World War II. The light of days is a soaring landmark history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who helped weaponize Poland's Jewish youth groups to resist the Nazis. Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland--some still in their teens--became the nerves of a wide-ranging resistance network that fought the Nazis"--Jacket flap.
Call Number: 940.5318 Bat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Simon Wiesenthal, Harry J Cargas, Bonny V Fetterman
Call Number: 179.7 Wie 1998
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
Peter Hayes
Description: Despite the outpouring of books, movies, museums, memorials, and courses devoted to the Holocaust, a coherent explanation of why such ghastly carnage erupted from the heart of civilized Europe in the twentieth century still seems elusive even seventy years later. Numerous theories have sprouted in an attempt to console ourselves and to point the blame in emotionally satisfying directions--yet none of them are fully convincing. As witnesses to the Holocaust near the ends of their lives, it becomes that much more important to unravel what happened and to educate a new generation about the horrors inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews and non-Jews alike. Why? dispels many misconceptions and answers some of the most basic--yet vexing--questions that remain: why the Jews and not another ethnic group? Why the Germans? Why such a swift and sweeping extermination? Why didn't more Jews fight back more often? Why didn't they receive more help? While responding to the questions he has been most frequently asked by students over the decades, world-renowned Holocaust historian and professor Peter Hayes brings a wealth of scholarly research and experience to bear on conventional, popular views of the history, challenging some of the most prominent recent interpretations. He argues that there is no single theory that "explains" the Holocaust; the convergence of multiple forces at a particular moment in time led to catastrophe.
Call Number: 940.5318 Hay
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022
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999 : The Extraordinary Young Women Of The First Official Transport To Auschwitz
Heather Dune Macadam, Caroline Moorehead
940.5318 Mac
Night
Elie Wiesel
940.548 Wie
A Delayed Life The True Story Of The Librarian Of Auschwitz
Dita Kraus, Patience Tomlinson
940.5318 Kra
Out Of Hiding : A Holocaust Survivor's Journey To America
Ruth Gruener, Rachel Klein
JB Gru
Alice's Piano : The Life Of Alice Herz-sommer
Melissa Müller, Reinhard Piechocki
940.5318 Mul
Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust
Hedi Fried, Alice E. Olsson
940.5318 Fri
America And The Holocaust Deceit And Indifference
Martin Ostrow, Hal Linden, Kurt Klein, David G. McCullough, Stephanie Munroe
940.5318 Ame
Recipes Remembered : A Celebration Of Survival : The Remarkable Stories And Authentic Recipes Of Holocaust Survivors
June Hersh, N. Y.) Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York
641.5676 Rec
Beyond Courage : The Untold Story Of Jewish Resistance During The Holocaust
Doreen Rappaport
J 940.5318 Rap
Remembering, Voices Of The Holocaust : A New History In The Words Of The Men And Women Who Survived
Lyn Smith
940.5318 Smi
Black Earth : The Holocaust As History And Warning
Timothy Snyder
940.5318 Sny
Renia's Diary : A Holocaust Journal
Renia Spiegel, Elizabeth Bellak, Sarah Durand, Deborah E. Lipstadt, Anna Blasiak
940.5318 Spi
How Could This Happen : Explaining The Holocaust
Dan McMillan
940.5318 McM
Survival In Auschwitz : The Nazi Assault On Humanity
Primo Levi
940.5472 Lev
I Was A Child Of Holocaust Survivors
Bernice Eisenstein
B Eis
The Art Of Inventing Hope : Intimate Conversations With Elie Wiesel
Howard Reich, Elie Wiesel
940.5318 Rei
Into The Arms Of Strangers : Stories Of The Kindertransport
Mark Jonathan Harris, Deborah Oppenheimer
940.5316 Har
The Happiest Man On Earth : The Beautiful Life Of An Auschwitz Survivor
Eddie Jaku
940.5318 Jak
Into The Arms Of Strangers Stories Of The Kindertransport
Deborah Oppenheimer, Mark Jonathan Harris, Judi Dench, Lee Holdridge, Don Lenzer
940.5316 Int
The Light Of Days : The Untold Story Of Women Resistance Fighters In Hitler's Ghettos
Judith Batalion
940.5318 Bat
Into The Forest : A Holocaust Story Of Survival, Triumph, And Love
Rebecca Frankel
940.5318 Fra
The Sunflower : On The Possibilities And Limits Of Forgiveness
Simon Wiesenthal, Harry J Cargas, Bonny V Fetterman
179.7 Wie 1998
Mala's Cat
Mala Kacenberg
Why? : Explaining The Holocaust
Peter Hayes
940.5318 Hay