Survival in auschwitz or if this is a man, first published in 1947, is a work by the Italian-Jewish writer, Primo Levi. It describes his arrest as a member of the italian anti-fascist resistance during the Second World War, and his incarceration in the Auschwitz concentration camp from February 1944 until the camp was liberated on 27 January 1945.
Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Women's Series
Kluger's story of her years in the camps and her struggle to establish a life after the war as a refugee survivor in New York, has emerged as one of the most powerful accounts of the Holocaust. Interwoven with blunt, unsparing observations of childhood and nuanced reflections of an adult who has spent a lifetime thinking about the Holocaust, Still Alive rejects all easy assumptions about history, both political and personal.
. Swept up as a child in the events of Nazi-era Europe, Ruth Kluger saw her family's comfortable Vienna existence systematically undermined and destroyed. By age eleven, she had been deported, to Theresienstadt, along with her mother, the first in a series of concentration camps which would become the setting for her precarious childhood.
Whether describing the abuse she met at her own mother's hand, or the cold shoulder offered by her relatives when she and her mother arrived as refugees in New York, the life-saving generosity of a woman SS aide in Auschwitz, the foibles and prejudices of Allied liberators, Kluger sees and names an unexpected reality which has little to do with conventional wisdom or morality tales.
Still alive is a memoir of the pursuit of selfhood against all odds, a fiercely bittersweet coming-of-age story in which the protagonist must learn never to rely on comforting assumptions, but always to seek her own truth.
War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust Critical Issues in World and International History
In clear and eloquent prose, bergen explores the two interconnected goals that drove the Nazi German program of conquest and genocide—purification of the so-called Aryan race and expansion of its living space—and discusses how these goals affected the course of World War II. Including firsthand accounts from perpetrators, human, and eyewitnesses, victims, her book is immediate, and eminently readable.
In examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, social, cultural, political, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the holocaust, poles, this revised, homosexuals, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Roma, the disabled, Soviet POWs, third edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, and other groups deemed undesirable.
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
As much as such a question can ever be answered, Neighbors tells us why. But its simplicity is deceptive. In many ways, this is a simple book. This book proves, finally, that the fates of Poles and Jews during World War II can be comprehended only together. This is a shocking, brutal story that has never before been told.
It is the most important study of Polish-Jewish relations to be published in decades and should become a classic of Holocaust literature. Jan gross pieces together eyewitness accounts and other evidence into an engulfing reconstruction of the horrific July day remembered well by locals but forgotten by history.
Most arresting is the sinking realization that jedwabne's jews were clubbed, bought their milk, but by people whose features and names they knew well: their former schoolmates and those who sold them food, drowned, gutted, and burned not by faceless Nazis, and chatted with them in the street. After the war, the nearby family who saved Jedwabne's surviving Jews was derided and driven from the area.
It is easy to read in a single sitting, and hard not to. Gross's new and persuasive answers to vexed questions rewrite the history of twentieth-century Poland. His investigation reads like a detective story, and its unfolding yields wider truths about Jewish-Polish relations, the Holocaust, and human responses to occupation and totalitarianism.
It is a story of surprises: the newly occupying German army did not compel the massacre, and Jedwabne's Jews and Christians had previously enjoyed cordial relations. The single Jew offered mercy by the town declined it.
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary
Spare and unpredictable, cleveland, a woman in berlin tells of the complex relationship between civilians and an occupying army and the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject--the mass rape suffered by all, minutely observed and utterly free of self-pity" The Plain Dealer, regardless of age or infirmity.
A woman in berlin stands as "one of the essential books for understanding war and life" A. Byatt, author of Possession. A new york times book review editors' choicefor eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in her apartment building and among its residents.
With bald honesty and brutal lyricism" elle, as well as their cravenness, the anonymous author depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians. S.
Night Night Trilogy
A new translation from the french by marion wieselNight is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, horrific, a candid, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by marion wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent.
And in a substantive new preface, elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
Auschwitz and After: Second Edition
Delbo’s exquisite and unflinching account of life and death under Nazi atrocity grows fiercer and richer with time. Delbo’s powerful trilogy belongs on every bookshelf. Sara R. Langer illuminates the subtlety and complexity of Delbo’s meditation on memory, culpability, and survival, time, in the context of what Langer calls the afterdeath’ of the Holocaust.
Written by a member of the french resistance who became an important literary figure in postwar France, this moving memoir of life and death in Auschwitz and the postwar experiences of women survivors has become a key text for Holocaust studies classes. The superb new introduction by Lawrence L. Langer. This second edition includes an updated and expanded introduction and new bibliography by Holocaust scholar Lawrence L.
Horowitz, york university Winner of the 1995 American Literary Translators Association Award.
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever. While this book discusses a specific reserve unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition.
Browning argues that most of the men of rpb 101 were not fanatical nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, role adaptation, deference to authority, including the group dynamics of conformity, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions.
Ordinary men is a powerful, chilling, and important work with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today. A remarkable—and singularly chilling—glimpse of human behavior. This meticulously researched book. Represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust.
Black Rain Japan's Modern Writers
Lbuse bases his tale on real-life diaries and interviews with victims of the holocaust; the result is a book that is free from sentimentality yet manages to reveal the magnitude of the human suffering caused by the atom bomb. Black rain is centered around the story of a young woman who was caught in the radioactive "black rain" that fell after the bombing of Hiroshima.
. His sensitivity to the complex web of emotions in a traditional community torn asunder by this historical event has made Black Rain one of the most acclaimed treatments of the Hiroshima story. The life of yasuko, on whom the black rain fell, too, is changed forever by periodic bouts of radiation sickness and the suspicion that her future children, may be affected.
Lbuse tempers the horror of his subject with the gentle humor for which he is famous.
Inside the Gas Chambers: Eight Months in the Sonderkommando of Auschwitz
He soon found himself a member of the ‘special unit' responsible for removing the corpses from the gas chambers and burning their bodies. At first, the occupying italians protected his family; but when the Germans invaded, the Venezias were deported to Auschwitz. Given the chance to earn a little extra bread, he agreed to become a ‘Sonderkommando', without realising what this entailed.
Slomo venezia was born into a poor Jewish-Italian community living in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dispassionately, and recounts the attempts made by some of the prisoners to escape, evokes the terror inspired by the man in charge of the crematoria, ‘Angel of Death' Otto Moll, he details the grim round of daily tasks, including the revolt of October 1944.
Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is a unique, eye-witness account of everyday life right at the heart of the Nazi extermination machine. His mother and sisters disappeared on arrival, and he learned, at first with disbelief, that they had almost certainly been gassed.
It is usual to imagine that none of those who went into the gas chambers at Auschwitz ever emerged to tell their tale - but, as a member of a ‘Sonderkommando', Shlomo Venezia was given this horrific privilege. He survived: this is his story. He knew that, having witnessed the unspeakable, he in turn would probably be eliminated by the SS in case he ever told his tale.
Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz
This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest chapters in the history of human civilization. It is a shocking book. Olga lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. It was a shocking experience. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau.