Night by Elie Wiesel: The Lessons of the Holocaust
Through Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, the reader gets a sense of what it was like to be a young person caught in the maelstrom of the Nazi Holocaust and the growing darkness that resulted in a never-ending night of prejudice, devastation, and death.
Describes the atrocities committed against Jews, Gypsies, the handicapped, and other minorities in the German concentration camps, and the many trials which brought to justice some of those who were responsible.
Biography of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, discussing his early life, describing his survival in thirteen concentration camps, and providing accounts of his major hunts of Nazi criminals, including Adolf Eichmann, the case that established Wiesenthal's reputation.
Thomas Buergenthanl, a judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, shares his memories of what it was like to be a child in the Holocaust and to survive the concentration camps, and discusses his experiences after being liberated from Sachsenhausen, his miraculous reunion with his mother after three years apart, and his emigration to the U.S. in 1951.
The author examines the context of Anne Frank's diary, discussing Frank's narrative voice, characterizations, dialogue, and other stylistic qualities, along with evidence of revisions Frank made prior to her arrest that imply an intent to publish.
Ten women from Jewish-Christian German families relate their experiences during the Third Reich, under which such individuals, though they considered themselves Christian, were persecuted under the Nuremberg Laws as "half-breeds."
A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.
Explores the lives of children and teens who went into hiding during the Holocaust; looks at various places used as hiding spots, such as barns and attics, and different ways to hide, like assuming false identities, and how these were used as a tool to survive.
A photo-illustrated look at the youth organizations Adolf Hitler founded and used to meet his sociopolitical and military ends; includes profiles of individual Hitler Youth members as well as young people who opposed the Nazis, such as Hans and Sophie Scholl.
In one of the most soul-stirring and inspiring memoirs of the Holocaust ever written, Isabella (Katz) Leitner describes the deportation of her family to Auschwitz and their year-long imprisonment in one of the cruelest death camps in Nazi Germany.
Contains interviews with twenty-five women who survived the Holocaust, grouped in three categories that focus on mother/child relationships, siblings, and women who engaged in organized, physical resistance.
Eva Mozes Kor details the experiences she shared with her twin sister Miriam when they were sent to Auschwitz as children and were forced to endure medical experiments and other horrors under the care of Josef Mengele.
After struggling to survive in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, a young Jewish girl and her mother endure much suffering in Kaiserwald, Stutthof, and Tauentzien concentration camps and on an eleven-day death march before being liberated by the Russian army.
An adolescent Jewish girl chronicles her experiences over the years she and several others hid from the Nazis in a secret apartment before being discovered and sent to concentration camps. Includes entries previously omitted.
Edith Hahn tells how she survived the Holocaust, first by going underground, using a Christian friend's identity papers, and eventually marrying Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who knew she was Jewish.
Nine-year-old Piri describes the bewilderment of being a Jewish child during the 1939-1944 German occupation of her hometown (then in Hungary and now in the Ukraine) and relates the ordeal of trying to survive in the ghetto.
The author tells the story of her family's experiences as Jews in Hitler's Germany, tracing their horrifying journey from their home country to Holland and back again, living in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Bergen-Belson.
Presents an oral history of the destruction, murder, and chaos of November 9 and 10, 1938, when Nazis and members of Hitler's "Brownshirts" destroyed Jewish businesses and homes as well as schools and synagogues, and either arrested or murdered thousands of Jews across Germany.
Profiles over twenty novels, nonfiction books, films, and other creative works about the Holocaust, providing information on their authors, composers, or directors; their content; and their relationship to real events; and also includes an introduction, a time line, and a bibliography.
Chronicles the events surrounding the Holocaust, discussing how it affected every country in Europe, how it was rooted in events which date back to the Middle Ages, why it was allowed to go on for so long, and other related topics.
Examines three controversial issues in Holocaust scholarship, including the decision and policy-making in the Nazi regime that led to the attempt to totally eliminate the Jews; the use of Jewish labor; and the attitudes, motivations, and adaptations of ordinary Germans who carried out Nazi policy at the local level.
Tells the story of the Holocaust, tracing the origins of Nazi anti-Semitism; following the development of plans for the extermination of the Jews, with discussion of the ghettos, the final solution, deportations, the camps, resistance, rescuers, and other topics; and including responses to claims that the Holocaust never happened.
Presents the story of the Holocaust and shows how it affected the lives of innocent people throughout Europe, using artifacts, photographs, maps, and taped oral and video histories from the collections of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Essays describe several aspects of the Holocaust, including its background, the ghettos, the concentration camps, the victims, resistance efforts, rescuers, the aftermath, and other topics; also includes a chronology, bibliography, and other reference resources.
Draws on artifacts and eyewitness testimony from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to trace the history of the Holocaust and describe the experiences of the men, women, and children who lived through it.
An account of the Nazi destruction of six million Jews during World War II, with personal experiences of life in the ghettos and concentration camps recorded in letters, diaries, memoirs, poems, and songs.
Analyzes the persecution and murder of Jews throughout occupied Europe during World War II, examining German extermination policies and measures and their reliance on the cooperation of local authorities.
The author recounts his years lived under a fake Christian identity during the Nazi occupation of Hungary in the Second World War, including the efforts he put forth to protect his family as well as many other Jews.
Presents excerpts from the Holocaust diaries of fifteen young people, ranging in age from twelve to twenty-two, each with an introductory essay that looks at the writer, and the historical context of the diary, with a study of the text and its relevance in the context of Holocaust history or literature. Includes a list of over fifty additional known diaries written by young people during the period.
Describes the lives of the members of the Frank family before and after they were forced into hiding from the Nazis during World War II, and features a fictional diary that views events from the perspective of Anne's sister Margot.
Chil Rajchman recounts his experiences as a young Jewish man in Treblinka, surviving by working at the camp, doing tasks such as cutting the hair of women before they were killed in the gas chambers and extracting gold teeth from dead bodies.
Contains three works of Holocaust literature, including "Night," an account of the author's experiences as a boy at Auschwitz; "Dawn," a short novel about a young Palestinian terrorist who spends the night waiting to execute a British prisoner; and "The Accident," the story of a Holocaust survivor who must choose whether to live or die after being hit by a car.
Presents first-person accounts from twenty-seven witnesses to the Holocaust, including Jews, Gentiles, Americans, a member of the Hitler Youth, a Jesuit priest, resistance fighters, and child survivors.