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Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust - United Jewish Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh Staff; Anita Brostoff (Editor); Sheila Chamovitz (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780195138719
Publication Date: 2001-05-24
In a series of writing workshops at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, survivors assembled recently to remember the pivotal moments in which their lives were irreparably changed by the Nazis. These "flares of memory" invoke lost childhoods, preserving the voices of over forty Jews from throughout Europe who experienced a history that cannot be forgotten--by them nor us.

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Salvaged Pages - Alexandra Zapruder
ISBN: 9780300092431
Publication Date: 2002-03-11
This collection of diaries, written by young people during the Holocaust, reflects a vast and diverse range of experiences - some of the writers were refugees, others were hiding or passing as non-Jews, and some were imprisoned in ghettos. The volume contains extensive excerpts from 15 diaries, ten of which have never before been translated and published in English. The diarists ranged in age from 12 to 22; some survived the Holocaust, but most perished. Taken together, their accounts of daily events and their often unexpected thoughts, ideas and feelings serve to deepen and complicate our understanding of life during the Holocaust.

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The 23rd Psalm - George Lucius Salton (Contribution by); Anna Salton Eisen
ISBN: 9780299179700
Publication Date: 2002-09-04
In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but eleven-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when fourteen-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec.

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We Wept Without Tears - Gideon Greif
ISBN: 9780300106510
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
The Sonderkommando of Auschwitz-Birkenau consisted primarily of Jewish prisoners forced by the Germans to facilitate the mass extermination. Though never involved in the killing itself, they were compelled to be "members of staff" of the Nazi death-factory. This book, translated for the first time into English from its original Hebrew, consists of interviews with the very few surviving men who witnessed at first hand the unparalleled horror of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

Will to Live: One Family's Story of Surviving the Holocaust - Adam Starkopf
ISBN: 9780791426197
Publication Date: 1995-09-14
This book is the story of a Jewish family's survival in Nazi-occupied Poland by assuming "Aryan" identities.

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William and Rosalie - William Schiff; Rosalie Schiff; Craig Hanley
ISBN: 9781574412376
Publication Date: 2007-07-02
William & Rosalie is the gripping and heartfelt account of two Polish Jews who survive six different German slave and prison camps throughout the Holocaust. In 1941, newlyweds William and Rosalie Schiff are forcibly separated and sent on their individual odysseys through a surreal maze of hate. Terror in the Krakow ghetto, sadistic SS death games, an experimental rabbit job, eyewitness accounts of cannibalism, and the menace of rape in occupied Poland make William & Rosalie an unusually candid view of the chaos that World War II unleashed on the Jewish people.

Survivor Testimonies

  • British Library Holocaust Recordings
    These recordings are powerful personal accounts of the Holocaust from Jewish survivors living in Britain. The interviews were selected from a much larger oral history project, the Living Memory of the Jewish Community, which recorded testimony between 1988-2000.
  • Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
    The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is a collection of over 4,400 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust. Part of Yale University's department of Manuscripts and Archives, the archive is located at Sterling Memorial Library.
  • Yad Vashem - The voice of the Survivors
    As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter.

Print Books

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
Call Number: D 810 .J4 F82
Publication Date: 1963
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building.

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Chelmno and the Holocaust - Patrick Montague
Call Number: D 805.5 .C47 M66 2012
ISBN: 9780807835272
Publication Date: 2012-03-15
Also available electronically. As the first extermination camp established by the Nazi regime and the prototype of the single-purpose death camps of Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec, the Chelmno death camp stands as a crucial but largely unexplored element of the Holocaust. This book is the first comprehensive work in any language to detail all aspects of the camp's history, organization, and operations and to remedy the dearth of information in Holocaust literature about Chelmno, which served as a template for the Nazis' "Final Solution."

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A Lucky Child - Thomas Buergenthal; Elie Wiesel (Foreword by)
Call Number: D 810 .C4 B84 2010
ISBN: 9780316043397
Publication Date: 2010-09-16
Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in theU.S. to start a new life.

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Night - Elie Wiesel (Preface by); Marion Wiesel (Translator)
Call Number: DS 135 .R13 W543
ISBN: 0809073560
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.

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Out of Chaos - Elaine Saphier Fox (Editor); Phyllis Lassner (Introduction by)
Call Number: D 804.48 .O98 2013
ISBN: 9780810129115
Publication Date: 2013-08-31
The stories in Out of Chaos represent brief or elongated moments, fragments of memory and experience, what the great Holocaust writer Ida Fink called a scrap of time. In all, the anthology expresses these survivors memories and reactions to a wide range of experiences as they survived in so many European settings, from Holland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Poland, and France.

Survival in Auschwitz : the Nazi assault on humanity - Primo Levi
Call Number: D 804 .G3 L66
Publication Date: 1959
In 1943, Primo Levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and "Italian citizen of Jewish race," was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz. Survival in Auschwitz is Levi's classic account of his ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, compassion, and even wit, Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit.

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