Holocaust Memoirs

Don't They Know the World Stopped Breathing: Reminiscences of a French Child During the Holocaust Years

Renee Fersen-Osten

Nonfiction, Biography

The author's precious childhood memories, during the nightmare years of World War Two in France, are sure to thoroughly engage readers of this unusual true story.

Because of the war, both France and this child's world were turned upside down. Departing from a pre-war lifestyle of comfort with her family in Paris, the author leads us through her harrowing odyssey of fleeing to the south, witnessing her parent's deportation, being hidden in a Conv...

Remembering : voices of the Holocaust : a new history in the words of the men and women who survived

Lyn Smith

Biography, Nonfiction

A landmark achievement in Holocaust scholarship, Remembering Voices of the Holocaust is culled from hours of first person accounts from survivors recorded for inclusion in the sound archives of both the Imperial War Museum in London, and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. In their own words, Jewish survivors as well as Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, and both perpetrators and ordinary observers recount the entire horrific arc of the H...

We were in Auschwitz

6643 Janusz Nel Siedlecki ; 75817 Krystyn Olszewski ; 119198 Tadeusz Borowski

Biography, Nonfiction

Written in 1945 by three young Polish former inmates of Auschwitz -- Janisz Nel Siedlecki, Krystyn Olszewski, and Tadeusz Borowski, author of This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen -- and published in the spring of 1946 by a fourth, Anatol Girs, a graphic artist and publisher whose publishing company in Warsaw had been bombed during the Uprising, We Were in Auschwitz is, if not the first, then one of the very first books ever written about th...

In my hands : memories of a Holocaust rescuer

Irene Gut Opdyke, with Jennifer Armstrong.

Biography, Nonfiction

IRENE GUT WAS just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it. "No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful."--"School Library Journal," Starred "A" Book Sense "Top Ten Pick" "A" Publisher's Weekly "Choice of the Year's Best Books" "A" Booklist "Editors Choice"

The sunflower : on the possibilities and limits of forgiveness

Simon Wiesenthal ; with a symposium edited by Harry James Cargas and Bonny V. Fetterman.

Biography, Nonfiction

While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS. Haunted by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess to--and obtain absolution from--a Jew. This unusual encounter and the moral dilemma it posed raise fundamental questions about the limits and possibilities of forgiveness. Must we, can we forgive the repentant criminal? C...

The diary of Petr Ginz, 1941-1942

edited by Chava Pressburger ; translated from the Czech by Elena Lappin.

Biography, Nonfiction

As a 14-year-old Jewish boy living in Prague in the early 1940s, Petr Ginz dutifully kept a diary that captured the increasingly precarious texture of daily life. His recently discovered diaries are an invaluable historical document and a testament to one remarkable child's hunger for life.

Until our last breath : a Holocaust story of love and partisan resistance

Michael Bart and Laurel Corona.

Biography, Nonfiction

At Leizer Bart's funeral, one of the mourners told his son Michael that the gravestone should include a reference to the Freedom Fighters of Nekamah, to honor his late father's involvement in the Jewish resistance movement in Vilna (now Vilnius) , Lithuania, at the end of World War II. Michael had never heard his parents referenced as Freedom Fighters. Following his father's death, and with his mother in failing health, Michael embarked on a ten-...

Flory : a miraculous story of survival

Flory A. Van Beek.

Biography, Nonfiction

As the Nazi occupation of Holland grew from threat to reality, Flory, a teenage girl, tried to escape with Felix, the man who would later become her husband. Their story vividly captures the terror of the Holocaust and the faith of those who managed to survive.

The beautiful days of my youth : my six months in Auschwitz and Plaszow

by Ana Novac ; translated from the French by George L. Newman.

Biography, Nonfiction

On scraps of paper hidden by friends and strangers until their dying moments, young Ana Novac kept a diary in Auschwitz, a testimony that deserves to become one of the most treasured books of our time.

Children in the Holocaust and World War II : their secret diaries

Laurel Holliday.

Biography, Nonfiction

In this unpredcedented anthology of diaries written by children from across Nazi-occupied Europe and England, 23 boys and girls, aged 10 through 18, recount in vivid detail the horrors they lived through--and sometimes did not survive. With a power that recalls Anne Frank, the diarists record their experiences with an unguarded eloquence that belies their years. of photos.

All but my life

by Gerda Weissmann Klein

Biography, Nonfiction

All But My Life is the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. From her comfortable home in Bielitz (present-day Bielsko) in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troops--including the man who was to become her husband--in Volary, Czechoslovakia, in 1945, Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey. Gerda's serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march ...

The drowned and the saved

Primo Levi ; translated from the Italian by Raymond Rosenthal.

Biography, Nonfiction

Levi wrote of the moral collapse that occurred in Auschwitz and the fallibility of human memory that allows such atrocities to recur. Levi's last book published before his death in 1987.

Schindler's legacy : true stories of the list survivors

Elinor J. Brecher.

Biography, Nonfiction

"Uplifting. Prevailing over their bleak history, the postwar Schindlerjuden ('Schindler Jews') rekindle a sense of wonder at the resilience of the human spirit."-Chicago Sun-Times.

Hiding to survive : stories of Jewish children rescued from the Holocaust

Maxine B. Rosenberg.

Biography, Nonfiction

During the time of the Holocaust, some Jewish families were able to hide their children with non-Jews. These poignant stories--the experiences of fourteen of these hidden children--include postscripts about the child-rescuer relationship after the war. Photos.

The Hiding place

by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherill.

Biography, Nonfiction

This is the true story of how Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch underground when the Nazis invaded Holland, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room.

The Girls of Room 28 friendship, hope, and survival in Theresienstadt

Hannelore Brenner.

Biography, Nonfiction

Brenner, a Berlin-based journalist, focuses on 10 former child survivors, women in their late 70s, who went through the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust. She notes that 12,000 children entered the camp from 1942 to 1944, but only a few hundred survived to war's end, and a handful of women of Room 28 in the camp's Girls' Home, now scattered around the world, reunited for the first time in 1991. The insights of the survivors a...

Leap into darkness : seven years on the run in wartime Europe

Leo Bretholz, Michael Olesker.

Biography, Nonfiction

A harrowing, action-packed account of the author's series of audacious escapes from the Nazis' Final Solution--"riveting...a fascinating and moving piece of history" (Library Journal). Young Leo Bretholz survived the Holocaust by escaping from the Nazis (and others) not once, but seven times during his almost seven-year ordeal crisscrossing war-torn Europe. He leaped from trains, outran police, and hid in attics, cellars, anywhere that offered a ...

To see you again.

Betty Schimmel, with Joyce Gabriel.

Biography, Nonfiction

"Will you love me always just as you love me now?" I asked. "Always", he promised. With these words, Betty Markowitz and Richie Kovacs pledged their hearts to each other forever. They met as children in 1939 in Budapest, and fell in love as teenagers amid the terror of a world at war, confident that their love could survive even Hitler. Separated from Richie by the Nazis in 1944, Betty vowed she would find him. But it would be thirty years and a ...

Auschwitz : a doctor's story

Lucie Adelsberger ; translated from the German by Susan Ray ; with an introduction by Deborah Lipstadt ; historical advice and annotations by Arthur J. Slavin.

Biography, Nonfiction

This memoir by Dr. Lucie Adelsberger (1885-1971) presents a lucid picture of the ordeals suffered by women in particular, through a personal account of her experience at Auschwitz beginning in 1943. B&w photographs. 5.5x8". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.


Elie Wiesel ; illustrated by Richard Sparks.

Biography, Nonfiction

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel "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. 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 impor...

Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl

translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday ; with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Nonfiction, Biography

A precocious young girl is obliged by the encroaching Nazi regime to live in enforced seclusion with family and friends.