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Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places

by Erica T. Lehrer

Since the end of Communism, Jews from around the world have visited Poland to tour Holocaust-related sites. A few venture further, seeking to learn about their own Polish roots and connect with contemporary...


Legacies, Lies and Lullabies: The World of a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor

by Esther Levy

The secret is out---the post-WWII Baby Boomers crave Holocaust survival stories for literary sustenance. In times of economic strife, terrorism and natural disasters, histories and biographies soothe and solace,...


Terror Has No Diary

by Michael Melnick

Of the 7000 Jews living in the Baltic seaport of Libau (Liepaja), Latvia when the Germans invaded on June 21, 1941, only 200 remained alive when the city was liberated May 9,1945. Of these, maybe two dozen were...


Anne Frank

by Francine Prose

In June 1942, Anne Frank received a red-and-white- checked diary for her thirteenth birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in an Amsterdam attic to escape the Nazis. For two years, with...


Hitler's Shadow War: The Holocaust and World War II

by Donald M. McKale

In Hitler's Shadow War, WWII scholar Donald McKale contends that Hitler's persecution and murder of the Jews, Slavs, and other groups was his primary effort during the war, not the conquest of Europe. According...


Bending Toward the Sun

by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

A miraculous lesson in courage and recovery, Bending Toward the Sun tells the story of a unique family bond forged in the wake of brutal terror. Weaving together the voices of three generations of women, Leslie...


Flory: Survival in the Valley of Death

by Flory Van Beek

In 1939, as the Nazi occupation grew from threat to reality, the Jewish population throughout Europe faced heart-wrenching decisions—to flee and lose their homes or to go into hiding, hoping against all odds...


In the Sewers of Lvov

by Robert Marshall

It was the last refuge of the desperate Jews-the warren of sewers underneath their city. Above, the Nazis implemented the destruction of their friends and relatives in a final Aktion against the ghetto in the...


The Cunning of History

by Richard E. Rubenstein

Richard Rubenstein writes of the holocaust, why it happened, why it happened when it did, and why it may happen again and again.


The Lost

National Book Critics Circle for Memoir/Autobiography 2006

by Daniel Mendelsohn

In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic—part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly...


Anne Frank

by Melissa Muller

Updated and filled with striking new revelations, the bestselling, “superb” biography that “honors in full a life we thought we knew” (Newsweek)

Praised as “remarkable,” “meticulous,” and “long...


A Thriver's Journey

by Daniel Himmel

Born on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains in 1929, author Dan Himmel’s father soon joined the line of the condemned at the Birkenau death camp at the tender age of 15. He survived transfer to several...


Alicia

by Alicia Appleman

After losing her entire family to the Nazis at age 13, Alicia Appleman-Jurman went on to save the lives of thousands of Jews, offering them her own courage and hope in a time of upheaval and tragedy. Not since...


The Polish Experience through World War II: A Better Day Has Not Come

by Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm & Neal Pease

The Polish Experience through World War II explores Polish history through the lives of people touched by the war. The touching and terrible experiences of these people are laid bare by straightforward, first-hand...


Boy 30529: A Memoir

by Felix Weinberg

"Anyone who survived the exterminations camps must have an untypical story to tell. The typical camp story of the millions ended in death ... We, the few who survived the war and the majority who perished in...


I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust Against All Odds

by Henry Orenstein

I Shall Live tells the gripping true story of the Orensteins, a Jewish family living in Poland during the Second World War. When Henry Orenstein and his siblings end up in a series of concentrations camps, Orenstein's...


Trusting Calvin: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor's Heart

by Sharon Peters

Max Edelman was just 17 when the Nazis took him to the first of five work camps, where his only hope of survival was to keep quiet and raise an emotional shield. After witnessing a German Shepherd kill a fellow...


Jewish Responses to Persecution: 1941-1942

by Jürgen Matthäus, Emil Kerenji & Jan Lambertz

Jewish Responses to Persecution: 1941–1942, Volume III sheds light on the personal and public lives of Jews during a period when Hitler’s triumph in Europe seemed assured, and the mass murder of millions...


Auschwitz

by Sybille Steinbacher

At the terrible heart of the modern age lies Auschwitz. In a total inversion of earlier hopes about the use of science and technology to improve, extend, and protect human life, Auschwitz manipulated the same...


Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz

by Eilat Negev & Yehuda Koren

During the 1930s and 40s the Lilliput Troupe, a beloved and successful family of singers and actors, dazzled with their vaudeville programme and unique performances. The only all-dwarf show of the time, their...