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[book] Small Miracles of the Holocaust
Extraordinary Coincidences of Faith, Hope, and Survival
by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal
August 2008, The Lyons Press
The Holocaust-perhaps the darkest period in human history-conjures up horrific images: death camps, torture, starvation, genocide on a grand scale. Yet there were some rays of light during this nightmarish time: inexplicable events in which human lives were spared, families were brought back together, and the human spirit and faith somehow endured-due to a chance occurrence at just the right moment. These uplifting twists of fate or "extraordinary coincidences," as they are known, have become the hallmark of the bestselling Small Miracles series, which has sold one and a half million copies over the last decade. In Small Miracles of the Holocaust-a magnificent hardcover work timed with the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht ("night of the broken glass")-authors Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal have collected over 50 remarkable Holocaust and post-Holocaust coincidences that defy the imagination and challenge credulity. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] The Holocaust by Bullets
A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews
by Father Patrick Desbois with a foreword by Paul A. Shapiro
August 2008, Palgrave
This modest Roman Catholic priest from Paris, without using much more than his calm voice and Roman collar, has shattered the silence surrounding a largely untold chapter of the Holocaust when Nazis killed 1.5 million Jews in Ukraine from 1941 to 1944."
In this heart-wrenching book, Father Patrick Desbois documents the daunting task of identifying and examining all the sites where Jews were exterminated by Nazi mobile units in the Ukraine in WWII. Using innovative methodology, interviews, and ballistic evidence, he has determined the location of many mass gravesites with the goal of providing proper burials for the victims of the forgotten Ukrainian Holocaust. Compiling new archival material and many eye-witness accounts, Desbois has put together the first definitive account of one of history's bloodiest chapters.
Deborah Lipstadt said of this book: "In Jewish tradition the greatest category of acts one can perform are those of 'loving kindness,' including taking care of the sick, welcoming the stranger, and sheltering the needy. The most treasured of these acts is taking care of the dead because, unlike the others, it cannot be reciprocated. Jewish tradition posits that it is then that the individual most closely emulates God's kindness to humans, which also cannot be reciprocated. Father Patrick Desbois has performed this act of loving kindness not for one person but for hundreds of thousands of people who were murdered in cold blood. He has done so despite the fact that many people would have preferred this story never to be uncovered and others doubted that it ever could be done. His contribution to history and to human memory, as chronicled in this important book, is immeasurable."
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[book] Farewell Shanghai
by Angel Wagenstein Translated by Elizabeth Frank and Deliana Simeonova.
November 2008, Other Press
From Publishers Weekly Moving effortlessly from Paris to Dresden to Shanghai, Wagenstein (Isaac's Torah) masterfully chronicles the lives of European émigrés and refugees in WWII Shanghai. The cast of this ensemble novel is large. Elisabeth and Theodore Weissberg, a German mezzo-soprano and her German-Jewish virtuoso violinist husband, flee Dresden to eke out an existence in Shanghai's burgeoning Jewish ghetto, which ends up 30,000 strong as the Shoah begins. Hilde Braun, a German-Jewish actress, is living illegally in Paris aided by a mysterious Slav named Vladek, until events force them, separately, to Shanghai. Istvan Keleti, a homosexual Hungarian musician and drug-user, and Gertrude von Dammbach, a former call-girl-turned-baroness, are also among the persecuted and displaced, some of whom work with the Resistance to undermine Hitler. Wagenstein is impressive in his ability to move from the small details of individual displaced lives to a larger panorama of international intrigue: there's a telling subplot about tensions between the Japanese, who occupy Shanghai, and the Germans, with whom they've formed an uneasy alliance; another revealing thread concerns the loyalties of Chinese Catholic nuns. Wagenstein brings to life a largely unknown chapter of Nazi persecution.. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Isaac's Torah
Concernig The Life of Isaac Jacob Blumenfeld Through Two World Wars, Three Concetration Camps, and Five Motherlands
by Angel Wagenstein Translated by Elizabeth Frank and Deliana Simeonova.
November 2008, Other Press
The Bulgarian author and filmmaker, recipient of the German National Prize, a Sorbonne prize, and the Jean Monet literary prize, spent time in a death camp himself. He was born in 1922 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), and grew up among Jews, Gypsises, Armenians, Turks, Albanians, and Bulgarians. The family moved to France, where they were treated as miserable immigrants. They returned to Bulgaria as WW2 began, and shipped away. Wagenstein fled, was betrayed, imprisoned and sentenced to death. He was saved when the Soviets entered Bulgaria. This however is a novel. This is the account of the funny Isaac Jacob Blumenfeld of Kolodetz (near Lvov). He survives and endures in this lifetime of loss and terror, beauty and friendship, understanding and truth. Filled with events and Jewish jokes and fables, they become essential to his story and heriatge. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] This Must Be the Place
A novel
by Anna Winger
August 2008, Riverhead
Winger, the daughter of Harvard anthropology teachers, grew up in Cambridge, Mexico, NY, Kenya, and has lived in Berlin for the past 5 years. Here is her debut novel
From Publishers Weekly: In Winger's touching and emotionally turbulent debut, the fantasy of new beginnings gives way to a persistent sense of haunted-but oddly comforting-history. Set in Berlin in the late fall of 2001, the novel focuses on the overlapping stories of grieving American expat Hope and has-been minor German celebrity Walter, who's dreaming of a new career in Hollywood. Hope recently suffered a late-term miscarriage and has reluctantly joined her economist husband in Berlin despite a widening gulf between them and her crippling depression. Walter's teenage heartthrob status has withered with age, and now he dubs American films into German. The friendship that blooms between them raises issues about personal and national identity, though their coming together is a bit too neat, as are the many oversimplifications of Americans and Germans that pepper the narrative. The real drama arises between the cities of New York and Berlin; both cities, like Hope and Walter, bear a profound survivor's guilt: the war, the wall and the towers overwhelm individual sorrows. There are a few clunky moments, but the elegant ending and confident storytelling are redeeming.. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Crossing Hitler
The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand
by Benjamin Carter Hett
September 2008, Oxford
During a 1931 trial of four Nazi stormtroopers, known as the Eden Dance Palace trial, Hans Litten grilled Hitler in a brilliant and merciless three-hour cross-examination, forcing him into multiple contradictions and evasions and finally reducing him to helpless and humiliating rage (the transcription of Hitler's full testimony is included.) At the time, Hitler was still trying to prove his embrace of legal methods, and distancing himself from his stormtroopers. The courageous Litten revealed his true intentions, and in the process, posed a real threat to Nazi ambition. When the Nazis seized power two years after the trial, friends and family urged Litten to flee the country. He stayed and was sent to the concentration camps, where he worked on translations of medieval German poetry, shared the money and food he was sent by his wealthy family, and taught working-class inmates about art and literature. When Jewish prisoners at Dachau were locked in their barracks for weeks at a time, Litten kept them sane by reciting great works from memory. After five years of torture and hard labor-and a daring escape that failed-Litten gave up hope of survival. His story was ultimately tragic but, as Benjamin Hett writes in this gripping narrative, it is also redemptive. "It is a story of human nobility in the face of barbarism." The first full-length biography of Litten, the book also explores the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic and the terror of Nazi rule in Germany after 1933. [in sidebar] Winner of the 2007 Fraenkel Prize for outstanding work of contemporary history, in manuscript. To be published throughout the world. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Fleeing Hitler
France 1940 (Now in Paperback)
by Hanna Diamond
November 2008, Oxford
From Publishers Weekly - In France, it is called l'exode, or "exodus": the flight from their homes of up to seven million residents before and during the German invasion of the country in May and June 1940 (events described in the bestselling novel Suite Française). Diamond, who specializes in modern French history at the University of Bath, combed dozens of memoirs and diaries about the flight for this first major study in English. She notes a number of reasons for the mass internal migration, including a belief in the "atrocity propaganda" about Germany from WWI; fears that the Germans would bomb Paris and other cities; a desire to avoid working for the Nazi war machine; and the flight of the French government itself from Paris. She captures how an initial "holiday spirit" gave way to a sense of displacement, loss and impoverishment for some and separation of families. Diamond also shows how the host communities, predominantly in France's south and west, often were overwhelmed by a doubling or tripling of their populations virtually overnight. Perhaps most important and interesting is her exploration of how Marshall Pétain exploited the exodus to discredit the government of the Third Republic. While Diamond's treatment of some topics, like fatalities during the exodus, is cursory, this is a solid work on a socially convulsive episode of WWII. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] CITY OF THIEVES
A Novel
by David Benioff
May 2008, Viking
David Beniott (Friedman), novelist and screenwriter, Dartmouth grad and husband to Amanda Peet, has written the Russia based novel based on the stories of his grandfather. Or so he says... but this is ALL PART OF THE FICTION
Lev Beniov, 17, is arrested during WW2 in Leningrad for looting a dead German soldier. Rather than execute Lev, Colonel Grechko sends him on a quest to find a dozen eggs which will be used to make a wedding cake for the colonel's daughter. And so the adventure begins.
Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building. When a dead German paratrooper lands in his street, Lev is caught looting the body and dragged to jail, fearing for his life. He shares his cell with the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible. A search that takes them through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and the devastated surrounding countryside creates an unlikely bond between this earnest, lust-filled teenager and an endearing lothario with the gifts of a conman. Set within the monumental events of history, City of Thieves is an intimate coming-of-age tale with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] The Wagner Clan
The Saga of Germany's Most Illustrious and Infamous Family
by Jonathan Carr
December 2007. Atlantic Monthly
A family saga as riveting as any opera, and a matchless mirror of Germany's rise, fall, and resurrection. Richard Wagner was many things-composer, philosopher, philanderer, failed revolutionary, and virulent anti-Semite-and his descendants have carried on his complex legacy. Now, in The Wagner Clan, biographer Jonathan Carr retraces the path of the renowned composer and his descendants. Along the way, Carr offers glimpses of Franz Liszt (whose illegitimate daughter Cosima married Wagner) (Cosima was an even bigger Jew hater); Friedrich Nietzsche; Arthur Schopenhauer; Alberto Toscanini; Joseph Goebbels; Hermann Göring; and the "Wolf" himself, Adolf Hitler, a passionate fan of the Master's music and an adopted uncle to Wagner's grandchildren. Wagner's British-born daughter-in-law, Winifred, was a close friend of Hitler's and seemed momentarily positioned to marry him after the death of her husband. All through the war the Bayreuth Festival, begun by the Master himself, was supported by Hitler, who had to fill out the meager audience with fighting men and SS officers. After the war, the festival was dark for a decade until Wagner's offspring-with characteristic ambition and cunning-revived it. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] The Unknown Black Book
The Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories
Edited by Joshua Rubenstein with Ilya Altman and Yitzhak Arad
January 2008. Indiana University Press
The Unknown Black Book provides, for the first time in English, a revelatory compilation of testimonies from Jews who survived open-air massacres and other atrocities carried out by the Germans and their allies in the occupied Soviet territories during World War II. These documents, from residents of cities, small towns, and rural areas, are first-hand accounts by survivors of work camps, ghettos, forced marches, beatings, starvation, and disease. Collected under the direction of two renowned Soviet Jewish journalists, Vasily Grossman and Ilya Ehrenburg, they tell of Jews who lived in pits, walled-off corners of apartments, attics, and basement dugouts, unable to emerge due to fear that their neighbors would betray them, which often occurred. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Good Neighbors, Bad Times
Echoes of My Father's German Village
by Mimi Schwartz
March 2008, University of Nebraska Press
Mimi Schwartz grew up on milkshakes and hamburgers-and her father's boyhood stories. She rarely took the stories seriously. What was a modern American teenager supposed to make of these accounts of a village in Germany where, according to her father, "before Hitler, everyone got along"? It was only many years later, when she heard a remarkable story of the Torah from that very village being rescued by Christians on Kristallnacht, that Schwartz began to sense how much these stories might mean. Thus began a twelve-year quest that covered three continents as Schwartz sought answers in the historical records and among those who remembered that time. Welcomed into the homes of both the Jews who had fled the village fifty years earlier and the Christians who had remained, Schwartz peered into family albums, ate home-baked linzertorte (almost everyone served it!), and heard countless stories about life in one small village before, during, and after Nazi times. Sometimes stories overlapped, sometimes one memory challenged another, but always they seemed to muddy the waters of easy judgment. Small stories of decency are often overlooked in the wake of a larger historic narrative. Yet we need these stories to provide a moral compass, especially in times of political extremism, when fear and hatred strain the bonds of loyalty and neighborly compassion. How, this book asks, do neighbors maintain a modicum of decency in such times? How do we negotiate evil and remain humane when, as in the Nazi years, hate rules? Click the book cover for more reviews or to purchase the book









[book] Kasztner's Train
The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust
by Anna Porter
March 2008. Walker and Company
Sadly, Tom Lantos will not be here for the book launch, but here is the tale of "Hungarian Oskar Schindler" who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis, only to be accused of collaboration and assassinated in Israel twelve years after WWII ended. Rezso Kasztner is practically unknown, even though he may have been the greatest rescuer of Jews during World War II. He was also the most controversial, and that, along with the relative lack of focus on events in Hungary toward the end of the war, has no doubt led to his anonymity. When the Nazi army invaded its ally Hungary in March 1944, followed soon after by Adolf Eichmann and his SS, Rezso Kasztner and a small group of Zionist activists stood in the way of mass deportations. They had met the well-informed Schindler, providing him with funds for food and clothing, and had been involved in previous efforts to rescue Jews from Slovakia and Poland. Now, in meeting after meeting with Eichmann and other SS officers, Kasztner negotiated for freedom, exploiting the Nazi weaknesses of greed and need-"blood for goods," as the Nazis called it-organizing a train out of Hungary for almost 2,000 while several thousand more were protected in work camps in Austria. Inevitably he saved some and not others. After testifying at the Nuremberg trials, Kasztner emigrated to Israel where, in 1956, he was stunningly convicted of collaborating with the Nazis more than a decade before. As he awaited the appeal that would ultimately exonerate him, he was assassinated by right-wing activists in Tel Aviv on March 4, 1957.
Based on interviews with those who were on the train and with family members of those denied a place on it, as well as documents and correspondence not previously published, Anna Porter tells the dramatic full story of one of the heroes of the twentieth century.
From Publishers Weekly: Porter seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of Rezso Kasztner. This Hungarian Jew was branded a Nazi collaborator by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ben Hecht in his 1961 book, Perfidy. But more recently Kasztner has been exonerated by Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem. After 400,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz in 1944, Kasztner, a point man in a goods-for-blood deal with Nazi henchman Adolf Eichmann, arranged for a train to carry 1,684 Jews from Hungary to Switzerland, wealthy Jews paying $1,500 per person while the poor paid nothing. For $100 a head, Eichmann kept an additional 20,000 Jews alive in Austrian labor camps. After the war Kasztner relocated to Israel, where in 1952 he was accused of being a Nazi collaborator who saved a privileged few at the expense of thousands of others. Kasztner sued for malicious libel and lost on most counts; the trial made international headlines; and Kasztner was assassinated in 1957 by right-wing extremists. Although a well-researched counterbalance to Hecht's account, Porter's defense may swing too much in favor of Kasztner, given that most of the participants are deceased and much of the evidence is anecdotal. Readers, however, will welcome the opportunity to debate the ever-relevant moral issues of doing business with the enemy.
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[book] THE HITLER SALUTE
ON THE MEANING OF A GESTURE
HEIL HITLER
THE HISTORY OF A GESTURE
BY TILMAN ALLERT
Spring 2008. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt
Sometimes the smallest detail reveals the most about a culture. In Heil Hitler: The History of a Gesture, sociologist Tilman Allert uses the Nazi transformation of the most mundane human interaction-the greeting-to show how National Socialism brought about the submission and conformity of a whole society. Made compulsory in 1933, the Hitler salute developed into a daily reflex in a matter of mere months, and quickly became the norm in schools, at work, among friends, and even at home. Adults denounced neighbors who refused to raise their arms, and children were given tiny Hitler dolls with movable right arms so they could practice the pernicious salute. The constantly reiterated declaration of loyalty at once controlled public transactions and fractured personal relationships. And always, the greeting sacralized Hitler, investing him and his regime with a divine aura. The first examination of a phenomenon whose significance has long been underestimated, Heil Hitler offers new insight into how the Third Reich's rituals of consent paved the way for the wholesale erosion of social morality.
From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. In this brief, insightful book, German sociologist Allert writes penetratingly about the gesture familiar around the world. Working like a preservationist on a minute canvas, he shows readers the cascade of meanings that rush through everyday greetings in general. But Allert's keen eye is trained on Germany, and he provides a wonderful depiction of regional, class and gender-specific greetings, from the kissed hand to the low, scraping bow. All of these were supplanted by the Hitler salute. Hitler was the suprahuman being in whom Germans invested their hopes, which they reaffirmed every time they raised their arms and shouted the Führer's name. As the salute penetrated every sphere of social life, it made Nazism omnipresent and Germans a unified community. It also affirmed authority for the ruler as well as over the ruled. Allert draws fruitfully on memoirs and letters. Readers encounter Germans who joyfully raised their arms to the Führer and also those who went to any length to avoid the gesture and sometimes paid dearly for their opposition to the Nazis. Allert's book shows how much can be gained from a close study of the daily rituals we barely think about yet are packed with meaning.
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By the mid 1930's, "Heil Hitler" was the official, expected, even demanded greeting of choice in Germany. Even the washroom attendants greeted people with it and some churches replaced Gruss Gott with the new deity: Hitler. Gone were the Ei Ei Dufe Wie, Gruss Gott, Servus, Moin Moin, and Guten Tag. Heil Hitler was the replacement. It was a simple, daily-repeated gesture of communication, an offer-acceptance and response between people which book-ended interpersonal communications. Everyday, with each interaction, Hitler was explicitly reinforced and social conformity occurred. It included the nation, advertised one's social affiliation, bonded the people, and excluded all the recalcitrant, obstructionist, non-believers and set them up for terror and punishment. For 12 years, all communications became politicized. In this book, the author explores the history of the gesture and words and investigates its power as an unconditional pledge that united the nation. (He also includes a few Heil Hitler jokes that were told in Germany). I found it to be a creative analysis on the power of a simple but frightening gesture. What I found enlightening is the Wehrmacht's early rejection of the salute, since it had its own military salutes, loyalties, and traditions. Not until the Summer of 1944, after some Wehrmacht officers tried to assassinate Hitler, did the Wehrmacht accept the Hitler salute.






[book] LIFE AND DEATH IN THE THIRD REICH
BY PETER FRITZSCHE, University of Illinois
Spring 2008. Harvard
From Publishers Weekly University of Illinois historian Fritz (Germans into Nazis) effectively takes up one of the key controversies surrounding the Third Reich: to what extent were the German people accomplices of the regime? Over the years, the answers have ranged widely. Daniel Goldhagen's argument that the annihilation of the Jews was what the German people had always wanted has never persuaded specialists. Others have argued that the German people were either manipulated and deceived by, or converted to, Nazism. Fritzsche provides a more nuanced argument that the Nazis were quite successful in winning the people's support, but it took time and effort. He cites diaries showing that individuals had to examine how they could become reconciled, or converted, to National Socialism. The fabled Volksgemeinschaft-people's community-was not mere propaganda but had a powerful allure that drew Germans into the Nazi orbit. Fritzsche mines diaries and letters written by the famous and well-placed as well as the unknown, to show that the prospects of German grandeur and unity resonated deeply with many people, even when it meant a hugely destructive war and the genocide of the Jews. Fritzsche offers a significant interpretation of Nazism and the German people, and writes with a vibrancy that is not often found in studies of the Third Reich. Click the book cover to read more.
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[book] Close to Jedenew
by Kevin Vennemann . Translated by Ross Benjamin
July 2008, Melville
It begins like a classic German fable: Children from the rural village of Jedenew, Poland, get together late at night to play together in the dark woods. But their game is to pretend they live in the imaginary world of the Jedenew that came before them-when it wasn't occupied by the Nazis, and their Jewish friends weren't mysteriously disappearing one by one. Kevin Vennemann's writing-already a sensation with the major publishing houses of Europe-is evocative of W.G. Sebald for its lyrical style and bold intelligence. The innovative simultaneous plot-consisting of the real and imaginative world of the children-has earned comparison to the piercing analogies of Kafka. But the accessible and absorbing narrative of Near Jedenew, as well as its beautifully lush prose, signals the emergence of one of the most original and masterful young writers to appear in decades. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] My Life of Turmoil
by Larry Wenig
2007 Epigraph
Midwest Book Review: ....the autobiography of Holocaust survivor Larry Wenig, whose trials did not end with the close of World War II - he endured hardships at the hands of the Soviet Communists in a Siberian gulag, and survived living in a Uzbekistan mud hut followed by an Austrian Displaced Persons camp, arriving in the United states at age 22, weak, nearly penniless, and knowing no English. His determination to rise above the odds, and his willingness to put in long hours of work while studying at night school led him to achieve his dream of becoming a lawyer. My Life of Turmoil blends resolute determination with the wonder of falling in love and marrying an exceptional woman - yet beyond the biographical narrative is a deeper purpose. Wenig writes to warn readers about the global threat of anti-Semitism and Islamofascism, from the perspective of one who has witnessed hatred, intolerance, and genocide carried to their most horrifying extremes. Highly recommended reading.






[book] Sarah's Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay
June 2007, St. Martin's Press
From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers-especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive-the more she uncovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, herself. Already translated into 15 languages, the novel is De Rosnay's 10th (but her first written in English, her first language). It beautifully conveys Julia's conflicting loyalties, and makes Sarah's trials so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, that the book is hard to put down.






[book] The Warsaw Ghetto
A Guide to the Perished City
by Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak
July 2007. Yale
The establishment and liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto has become an icon of the Holocaust experience. Remarkably, a full history of the Ghetto has never been written, despite the publication over some sixty years of numerous memoirs, studies, biographical accounts, and primary documents. The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City is this history, researched and written with painstaking care and devotion over many years and now published for the first time in English. The authors explore the history of the ghetto's evolution, the actual daily experience of its thousands of inhabitants from its creation in 1941 to its liquidation following the uprising of 1943. Encyclopedic in scope, the book encompasses a range of topics from food supplies to education, religious activities to the Jundenrat's administration. Separate chapters deal with the mass deportations to Treblinka and the famous uprising. A series of original maps, along with biographies, a glossary, and a bibliography, completes this masterful work. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] Upon the Head of the Goat
A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944
By Aranka Siegal
FSG
Ages 12 and Up
These memoirs of a Hungarian girl liberated from Bergen-Belsen, said PW , are among "the most powerful accounts yet written by a survivor of the Third Reich." At the outbreak of World War II, 9-year-old Piri is visiting her grandmother in the Ukrainian countryside and is unable to return to her family in the Hungarian town of Beregszász. Aranka Siegal, the Piri of the narrative, finally comes home the following year but finds her life forever changed."
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[book] SILESIAN STATION
By DAVID DOWNING
May 2008, SoHo
Summer, 1939. British journalist John Russell has just been granted American citizenship in exchange for agreeing to work for American intelligence when his girlfriend Effi is arrested by the Gestapo. Russell hoped his new nationality would let him safely stay in Berlin with Effi and his son, but now he's being blackmailed. To free Effi, he must agree to work for the Nazis. They know he has Soviet connections and want him to pass them false intelligence. Russell consents, but secretly offers his services to the Soviets instead-not for anything too dangerous, though, and only if they'll sneak him and Effi out of Germany if necessary. It's a good plan, but soon things become complicated. A Jewish girl has vanished, and Russell feels compelled to search for her. A woman from his past, a communist, reappears, insisting he help her reconnect with the Soviets, who turn out to demand more than Russell hoped. Meanwhile, Europe lurches toward war, and he must follow the latest stories-to places where American espionage assignments await him. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Until Our Last Breath
A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance
by Michael Bart and Laurel Corona
May 2008, St. Martin's Press
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 of the Freedom Fighters. Following his father's death, and with his mother in failing health, Michael embarked on a ten-year research project to find out more details about his parents' time in the Vilna ghetto, where they met, fell in love, and married, and about their activities as members of the Jewish resistance. Until Our Last Breath is the culmination of his research, and his parents' story of love and survival is seamlessly tied into the collective story of the Vilna ghetto, the partisans of Vilna, and the wider themes of world history. Zenia, Bart's mother, was born and raised in Vilna. Leizer fled there to escape the Nazi invasion of his hometown of Hrubieshov in Poland. They were married by one of the last remaining rabbis ninety days before the liquidation of the ghetto. Leizer was friends with Zionist leader Abba Kovner and became a member of the Vilna ghetto underground. Shortly before the total liquidation of the ghetto, Zenia and Leizer, along with about 120 members of the underground, were able to escape to the Rudnicki forest, about 25 miles away. They became part of the Jewish partisan fighting group led by Abba Kovner-known as the Avengers-which carried out sabotage missions against the Nazi army and eventually participated in the liberation of Vilna. Until Our Last Breath is intensely personal and painstakingly researched, a lasting memorial to the Jews of Vilna, including the resistance fighters and the author's family. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] THE NAZI HUNTER
A novel
By ALAN EISNER
July 2007. Arcade
From Publishers Weekly: At the start of this gripping debut thriller set in 1994, a German-accented woman named Sophie Reiner appears at the desk of Marek Cain, a Nazi hunter in the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, and tells Marek that she can deliver smoking gun documents concerning Belzec, an extermination camp in Poland where half a million Jews were murdered in 1942. Marek is extremely interested, both professionally and personally: his own grandparents perished at Belzec. The next day, Sophie turns up dead in her hotel room, where the police find a CD of Argentinean baritone Roberto Delatrucha singing Schubert lieder. The possible Argentinean connection sets off alarms for the veteran investigator, and soon he's hot on the trail of the famous singer. Subplots involving neo-Nazis out to blow up Washington, and the newly elected Republican congress threatening to cut off OSI funding add suspense, but it's Marek's quest to expose Delatrucha's past that drives this compelling tale. Elsner is also the author of Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America's Prisons and Guarded by Angels, a Holocaust family chronicle. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] HOLOCAUST
By Angela Gluck Wood and Dan Stone
July 2007. DK
Ages 11 and Up
From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. DK's signature editorial aesthetic, combined with the searing testimony of Holocaust survivors collected by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute of Visual History and Education, makes for a sobering and visually compelling work of history. An extraordinary array of materials-Nazi propaganda, documentary photos, artwork, artifacts-are employed in the service of a broadly sweeping chronicle, beginning with Jewish exile from Jerusalem in 70 CE after Roman occupation and ending with modern-day Holocaust denial and the creation of memorials around the world. Each chapter includes a two-page spread entitled Voices, devoted largely to excerpts from 23 interviews in the Foundation's video archives (an accompanying 40-minute DVD contains the actual interviews). One survivor recalls the horror of being herded onto dark, overcrowded trains en route to Auschwitz; another describes how her mother told her about every book she ever read, every movie she'd ever seen as they hid in a grave-like hole under a pigsty. Wood's prose is economical and reportorial, and she clearly wants to reclaim the individuality and humanity of those devastated by this enormity (In many ways, numbers, especially very large numbers, mean nothing to us. What matters is each and every human being who was murdered by the Nazis) and she never resorts to lecturing readers on how they should feel. The book's detailed charts and maps contain almost too much information at times, often demanding very close scrutiny to fully decipher. Overall, however, the visual sensitivity and expert pacing serves this vital subject very well. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Four Girls From Berlin:
A True Story of a Friendship That Defied the Holocaust
by Marianne Meyerhoff
August 2007. Wiley
The unique story of a Holocaust friendship and its precious legacy for the daughter of a survivor Richly illustrated with photos, mementos, and letters preserving a prominent German Jewish family's history, this moving memoir recounts how Lotte Meyerhoff's three best friends, none of them Jewish, risked their lives under the Nazis to save these objects and sent them to her after the war. Lotte had escaped from an internment camp, making her way to the U.S. as the sole survivor of her family. Written by her daughter, Marianne, Four Girls from Berlin vividly describes what life was like in Hitler's Germany and celebrates the unseverable bonds of friendship. Marianne Meyerhoff (Los Angeles, CA) is a writer, director, and producer of both television and feature films. She worked with Steven Spielberg as an interviewer for the Shoah Foundation's oral history project, Survivors of the Shoah. Click the book cover to read more.








NOW IN PAPERBACK:
[book] The Lost
A Search for Six of Six Million
by Daniel Mendelsohn
August 2007. Harper Perennial paperback
From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. As a boy in the 1960s, Mendelsohn could make elderly relatives cry just by entering the room, so much did he resemble his great-uncle Shmiel Jäger, who had been "killed by the Nazis." This short phrase was all Mendelsohn knew of his maternal grandfather Abraham's brother, who had remained with his wife and four daughters in the Ukrainian shtetl of Bolechow after Abraham left for America. Long obsessed with family history, Mendelsohn (The Elusive Embrace) embarked in 2001 on a series of journeys to learn exactly what had happened to Shmiel and his family. The result is a rich, ruminative "mythic narrative... about closeness and distance, intimacy and violence, love and death." Mendelsohn uses these words to describe the biblical story of Cain and Abel, for one of the book's most striking elements is the author's recounting of the book of Genesis in parallel with his own story, highlighting eternal themes of origins and family, temptation and exile, brotherly betrayal, creation and annihilation. In Ukraine, Australia, Israel and Scandinavia, Mendelsohn locates a handful of extraordinary, aged Bolechow survivors. Especially poignant is his relationship with novelist Louis Begley's 90-year-old mother, from a town near the shtetl, an irascible, scene-stealing woman who eagerly follows Mendelsohn's remarkable effort to retrieve her lost world. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Holocaust Restitution
Perspectives on the Litigation and Its Legacy
Now in Paperback
Edited by Michael J. Bazyler and Roger P. Alford
JUNE 2007. New York Univerity Press
Holocaust Restitution is the first volume to present the Holocaust restitution movement directly from the viewpoints of the various parties involved in the campaigns and settlements. Now that the Holocaust restitution claims are closed, this work enjoys the benefits of hindsight to provide a definitive assessment of the movement. From lawyers and state department officials to survivors and heads of key institutes involved in the negotiations, the volume brings together the central players in the Holocaust restitution movement, both pro and con. The volume examines the claims against European banks and against Germany and Austria relating to forced labor, insurance claims, and looted art claims. It considers their significance, their legacy, and the moral issues involved in seeking and receiving restitution. Contributors: Roland Bank, Michael Berenbaum, Lee Boyd, Thomas Buergenthal, Monica S. Dugot, Stuart E. Eizenstat, Eric Freedman and Richard Weisberg, Si Frumkin, Peter Hayes, Kai Henning, Roman Kent, Lawrence Kill and Linda Gerstel, Edward R. Korman, Otto Graf Lambsdorff, David A. Lash and Mitchell A. Kamin, Hannah Lessing and Fiorentina Azizi, Burt Neuborne, Owen C. Pell, Morris Ratner and Caryn Becker, Shimon Samuels, E. Randol Schoenberg, William Z. Slany, Howard N. Spiegler, Deborah Sturman, Robert A. Swift, Gideon Taylor, Lothar Ulsamer, Melvyn I. Weiss, Roger M. Witten, Sidney Zabludoff, and Arie Zuckerman. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology
Now in Paperback
Edited by Steven T. Katz, Boston University
JUNE 2007. New York Univerity Press
The theological problems facing those trying to respond to the Holocaust remain monumental. Both Jewish and Christian post-Auschwitz religious thought must grapple with profound questions, from how God allowed it to happen to the nature of evil. The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology brings together a distinguished international array of senior scholars--many of whose work is available here in English for the first time--to consider key topics from the meaning of divine providence to questions of redemption to the link between the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel. Together, they push our thinking further about how our belief in God has changed in the wake of the Holocaust. Contributors include Yosef Achituv, Yehoyada Amir, Ester Farbstein, Gershon Greenberg, Warren Zev Harvey, Tova Ilan, Shmuel Jakobovits, Dan Michman, David Novak, Shalom Ratzabi, Michael Rosenak, Shalom Rosenberg, Eliezer Schweid, and Joseph A. Turner. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] THE JEWS OF MUSSOLINI'S ITALY
FROM EQUALITY TO PERSECUTION
BY MICHELLE SARFATTI

FEB 2007. University of Wisconsin Press
From Booklist: In the first English edition of a history of the Italian Jews from the rise of Fascism to power in 1922 to its ultimate defeat in 1945, the author points out that from the second half of the nineteenth century to the first quarter of the twentieth, the Jews had been masters of their own destiny, having spread throughout the country, moving especially to the larger and more modern cities. They numbered 1 out of 1,000 in the total population. In 1938 Benito Mussolini deprived the Jews of their rights and livelihood and tried to drive them from the peninsula. In 1943, when the defeat of the Axis seemed certain, he began to arrest them and collaborated with his German ally in their near annihilation. Thus, the history of the Italian Jews between 1922 and 1945, Sarfatti writes, was progressively less the story of Jewish historical developments and increasingly an account of their treatment by society and the government. This rich and compassionate study of the plight of Italy's Jews combines vivid narrative with scrupulous historical accuracy. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] The Kommandant's Girl
A novel (Paperback)
by Pam Jenoff
March 2007. Mira
From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. With luminous simplicity, Jenoff's breathtaking debut chronicles the life of a young Jewish bride during the Nazi occupation of Kraków, Poland, in WWII. Emma Bau, a shy librarian, escapes the city's Jewish ghetto with the aid of the underground resistance movement that Jacob, her activist husband, has already joined. Emma assumes a new gentile identity as Anna Lipowski and goes to live with Jacob's elderly aunt, a wealthy Catholic widow who has also taken in Lukasz Izakowicz, the only surviving child of a famous rabbi and his murdered wife. As Anna, Emma catches the eye of Kommandant Georg Richwalder, second in charge of the General Government, at a dinner party. The handsome Nazi is so impressed by her German language skills (and her beauty) that he asks her to become his personal assistant. Emma accepts, hoping to secure valuable information for the resistance, but the chemistry between them presents challenges that test her loyalties to Jacob and her heart. This is historical romance at its finest. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] UNCOVERING THE HOLOCAUST
THE INTERNATIONAL RECEPTION of NIGHT AND FOG
EDITED BY EWOUT VAN DER KNAAP, Utrecht
March 2007. Columbia
Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog) was released in France in 1956 by Alain Resnais. Now, 50 years later, this book examines how it represented the Holocaust and how it was received worldwide. Click the book cover to read more.








Oh good... move over Mel Brooks.. a comic novel on the Holocaust... But seriously, this is a great book which is a satire on those who abuse the Holocaust and "Shoah Business" and the cult of competitive one up-man-ship of victimization
[book] My Holocaust
A Novel
by Tova Reich
April 2007. HarperCollins
Maurice and Norman Messer, father-and-son business partners, know a good product when they see it. That product is the Holocaust, and Maurice, a Holocaust survivor with an inflated personal history, and Norman, enjoying vicarious victimhood as a participant in the second-generation movement, proceed to market it enthusiastically. Not even the disappearance of Nechama, Norman's daughter and Maurice's granddaughter, into the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz, where she is transformed into a nun, Sister Consolatia of the Cross, deters them from pushing their agenda. Father and son embark on a tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, which Maurice-now the driving force behind the most powerful Holocaust memorialization institution in America-organizes to soften up a potential major donor, and which Norman takes advantage of to embark on a surrealistic search for his daughter. At the death camp they run into assorted groups and individuals all clamoring for a piece of the Holocaust, including Buddhist New Agers on a retreat, Israeli schoolchildren on a required heritage pilgrimage, a Holocaust artifact hustler, filmmakers, and an astonishing collection of others. All hell breaks loose when Maurice's museum is taken over by a coalition of self-styled victims seeking Holocaust status, bringing together a vivid cast of all-too-human characters, from Holocaust professionals to Holocaust wannabees of every persuasion, in the fevered competition to win the grand prize of owning the Holocaust. An inspiringly courageous and shockingly original tour-de-force, My Holocaust dares to penetrate territory until now considered sacrosanct in its brilliantly provocative and darkly comic exploration of the uses and abuses of memory and the meaning of human suffering. Click on the book cover to read more.








[book] The Diary of Petr Ginz
Edited by Chava Pressburger, Translated by Elena Lappin
APRIL 2007. Atlantic Monthly Press
Ages 9-12
Lost for sixty years in a Prague attic, this secret diary of a teenage prodigy killed at Auschwitz is an extraordinary literary discovery, an intimately candid, deeply affecting account of a childhood compromised by Nazi tyranny. As a fourteen-year old Jewish boy living in Prague in the early 1940s, Petr Ginz dutifully records the increasingly precarious texture of daily life. With a child's keen eye for the absurd and the tragic, he muses on the prank he played on his science class and then just pages later, reveals that his cousins have been called to relinquish all their possessions, having been summoned east in the next transport. The diary ends with Petr's own summons to Thereisenstadt, where he would become the driving force behind the secret newspaper Vedem, and where he would continue to draw, paint, write, and read, furiously educating himself for a future he would never see. Fortunately, Petr's voice lives on in his diary, a fresh, startling, and invaluable historical document and a testament to one remarkable child's insuppressible hunger for life. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] The Diary of Mary Berg
Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto
by Mary Berg
Edited by S L Schneiderman
Intro by Susan Lee Pentlin, trans by Norbert Gutterman and Sylvia Glass
April 2007. Oneworld-Publications.com
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Today I am fifteen years old. I feel very old and lonely.... Everyone is afraid to go out. The Germans are here." So begins this extraordinary memoir of Jewish life in Lodz, Poland, and the Warsaw ghetto as the Nazis began to liquidate its starving and disease-ridden inmates. In 1940 Berg fled Lodz with her parents and sister. They lived in the Warsaw ghetto, and in July 1942 were transferred to Pawiak prison within the ghetto. Originally published in the U.S. in February 1945, the memoir is based on notebooks that Mary Berg (née Wattenberg) smuggled out of Europe when she and her interned family were traded for German prisoners and sailed to America. This powerful testament documents Nazi brutalities, and the difference between those without means, who starved and died of typhus, and the more privileged, like Berg's family (her mother was American and her father relatively wealthy), who, for a time, were able to patronize ghetto cafes and attend the theater. Berg is a remarkably clear-eyed, skillful and heart-breaking recorder of those terrible years. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] SAVING THE JEWS
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT AND THE HOLOCAUST
By ROBERT n. ROSEN, Forword by Gerhard Weinberg, Afterword by Alan M. Dershowitz
Now in PAPERBACK
April 2007. Thunders Mouth
From Publishers Weekly: Was FDR an indifferent or possibly anti-Semitic president who abandoned European Jews, or was he a pragmatic leader who understood that the key to saving the Jews was winning WWII as swiftly as possible? This bloated, repetitious volume reads like one long apology as it takes on the so-called "revisionist" historians who question FDR's good will; it concludes that he should be "honored for [his] actions during World War II, not defamed." According to Rosen (The Jewish Confederates), FDR may have told ethnic jokes about Jews, but he also surrounded himself with Jewish friends and advisers like Henry Morgenthau Jr. FDR didn't have the political clout to change American immigration laws, and two-thirds of the refugees on the SS St. Louis, who were refused entry to the U.S. in 1939, are believed to have survived the war. Roosevelt probably didn't know about requests by various Jewish leaders to bomb Auschwitz, an action that, Rosen says would have killed Anne Frank and other innocents. Although Rosen is able to debunk some of the more overheated claims put forth four decades ago by Arthur Morse in While Six Million Died, his often simplistic arguments don't undo landmark works like David Wyman's The Abandonment of the Jews. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] A Political Education
Coming of Age in Paris and New York
by Andre Schiffrin
March 21, 2007. Melville House
Andre Schiffrin's father was one of France's most important publishers, discovering Andre Gide and others. But the family had to flee Nazi-occupied Paris. They landed in New York, along with friends including Hannah Arendt and visitors such as Sartre. By the time Andre went to college, he felt more American than French. But family history left him unable to idly watch the rise of the American Right under Senator Joseph McCarthy. At Yale, he became a radicalized leftist, joining a student political group he -renamed Students for a Democratic Society-the SDS. Continuing his education at Cambridge, he befriended some of England's greatest publishers and discovered ways to channel his political interests through publishing. This absorbing saga about a tumultuous period is told from a unique perspective, encompassing both sides of the Atlantic and some of the leading figures of the day. It is also a fascinating glimpse into the development of a celebrated publisher and a passionate testament to the importance of books as a force for betterment. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] My Father's Secret War
A Memoir
by Lucinda Franks
March 2007. Mir a Max Books
From Publishers Weekly: One day, while trying to straighten up her elderly father's apartment, Franks discovered Nazi military paraphernalia, inspiring the Pulitzer-winning reporter and novelist (Wild Apples) to investigate what he really did during the Second World War. The painstaking inquiries are hampered by his reluctance to discuss his work in military intelligence, attached to the navy's Bureau of Ordnance. Some of that reluctance may have to do with the onset of dementia tearing away his memories, but he's also profoundly traumatized by some of his missions. In one moving passage, he is persuaded to describe his experience as one of the first American observers at a liberated concentration camp, every sentence still painful to get out even 50 years later. As Franks perseveres with her questions, she begins to understand how those experiences shaped their disintegrating postwar family life, but she acknowledges how difficult it is to achieve closure with this past, especially when she's afraid to confront the reality of his present condition. Even the most painful moments-as when she throws a particularly harrowing revelation back in her father's face to score revenge for adolescent resentments-are recounted with unflinching honesty as the military history takes a backseat to the powerful family drama.
The author is the wife of Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau. Book Description: In this moving and compelling memoir about parent and child, father and daughter, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lucinda Franks discovers that the remote, nearly impassive man she grew up with had in fact been a daring spy behind enemy lines in World War II. Sworn to secrecy, he began revealing details of his wartime activities only in the last years of his life as he became afflicted with Alzheimer's. His exploits revealed a man of remarkable bravado -- posing as a Nazi guard, slipping behind enemy lines to blow up ammunition dumps, and being flown to one of the first concentration camps liberated by the Allies to report on the atrocities found there.
My Father's Secret War is an intimate account of Franks coming to know her own father after years of estrangement. Looking back at letters he had written her mother in the early days of WWII, Franks glimpses a loving man full of warmth. But after the grimmest assignments of the war his tone shifts, settling into an all-too-familiar distance. Franks learns about him -- beyond the alcoholism and adultery -- and comes to know the man he once was. Her story is haunting, and beautifully told, even as the tragedy becomes clear: Franks finally comes to know her father, but only as he is slipping further into his illness. Lucinda Franks understands her father as the disease claims him. My Father's Secret War is a triumph of love over secrets, and a tribute to the power of the connection of family Click the book cover to read more.








THE PARIS PRESS LOVES THIS BOOK SO MUCH, IT IS THE ONLY BOOK THEY WILL PUBLISH THIS SEASON, so that they can focus solely on it Let's help them out!
By the way, this book's cover art is by Charlotte Solomon who was murdered in Auschwitz.
[book] Tell Me Another Morning
An Autobiographical Novel
by Zdena Berger
April 1, 2007. Paris Press
WHEN THIS WAS first published in 1961, it was a sensation. But was overshadowed by Elie Wiesel's NIGHT. BUT WITH THE success of SUITE FRANCAISE, NIGHT, THE BOOK THIEF, and more, it is time for a reisssue of this classic
This autobiographical novel depicts a 14 year old teenage girl's experience in the Nazi concentration camps. As in The Diary of Anne Frank, Tania's youthful concerns are interwoven among accounts of extremity: her brother's murder, her mother's choice to stay with her father and die in the gas chamber rather than be transported to another camp, the saving friendships Tania develops, her relationships with young men and the guards. Throughout the novel we see claustrophobic uncertainty, grief, terror, exhaustion, and Tania's sustaining hope. Her return to Prague after the war is unforgettable and devastating, as she observes people wearing "normal" clothes, eating ice cream, and traveling on buses between work and home. There is no judgment, only the reality of two worlds existing simultaneously. Zdena Berger was born in 1925 in Prague, where she lived until the Nazi occupation. She spent the war years as a prisoner of Terezin, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen. She was imprisoned at 16 and freed at 20. After the liberation of Bergen-Belsen in 1945, Berger returned to Prague to complete her education, and then lived in Paris for nearly a decade. She immigrated to San Francisco in 1955 and now lives with her husband in the Bay Area. Tell Me Another Morning is her only book. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] The Years of Extermination
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945
By Saul Friedlander (UCLA)
April 10, 2007. HarperCollins
848 Pages
With The Years of Extermination, Saul Friedländer completes his major historical work on Nazi Germany and the Jews. The book describes and interprets the persecution and murder of the Jews throughout occupied Europe. The enactment of German extermination policies and measures depended on the cooperation of local authorities, the assistance of police forces, and the passivity of the populations, primarily of their political and spiritual elites. This implementation depended as well on the victims' readiness to submit to orders, often with the hope of attenuating them or of surviving long enough to escape the German vise. This multifaceted study-at all levels and in different places-enhances the perception of the magnitude, complexity, and interrelatedness of the many components of this history. Based on a vast array of documents and an overwhelming choir of voices-mainly from diaries, letters, and memoirs-Saul Friedländer avoids domesticating the memory of these unprecedented and horrific events. The convergence of these various aspects gives a unique quality to The Years of Extermination. In this work, the history of the Holocaust has found its definitive representation.
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Also... see his first volume:
[book] [book] Nazi Germany and the Jews
Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939
by Saul Friedlander
July 2007, paperback edition
Weidenfeld & Nicholson







[book] Holocaust Odysseys
The Jews of Saint-Martin-Vesubie and Their Flight through France and Italy
by Susan Zuccotti
May 2007. Yale
From Publishers Weekly: Occupied by Italy in 1943, the southern French town of Saint-Martin-Vésubie served as a haven for Jews from all over Europe. But after Italy's armistice with the Allies, the Italians left the town and many Jews crossed the Alps into Italy, seeking further refuge, only to find themselves face-to-face with the Germans; many were deported to Auschwitz. Zuccotti describes the remarkable scene of the Fremch town square in the summer of 1943 filled with Yiddish-speaking Jews, and reports both positive and tense relations between the refugees and their hosts. Zuccotti (The Italians and the Holocaust) explores these events through the dramatic stories of nine Jewish families, tracing their flight across the continent. These incredible stories demonstrate the perseverance and luck involved in surviving the Holocaust: one man survived as a boy by jumping a fence the night before a deportation and yelling to a passerby to catch him. Other stories come to a chilling end. While relying on oral histories of survivors of these events, Zuccotti probes the strengths and limitations of that form. Supplementing their memories with historical documentation and context, she helps turn painful memories into valuable history. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] CARL SCHMITT AND THE JEWS
THE "JEWISH QUESTION," THE HOLOCAUST, AND GERMAN LEGAL THEORY
BY RAPHAEL GROSS, Leo Baeck Institue
JULY 2007. University of Wisconsin Press
A reexamination of Carl Schmitt, his life, the antisemitism that was at the core of his work, his writings in which the Jew was the adversary, and how he influenced Nazi and Nazi Legal thought and policies. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] The Warsaw Ghetto
A Guide to the Perished City
by Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak
July 2007. Yale
The establishment and liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto has become an icon of the Holocaust experience. Remarkably, a full history of the Ghetto has never been written, despite the publication over some sixty years of numerous memoirs, studies, biographical accounts, and primary documents. The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City is this history, researched and written with painstaking care and devotion over many years and now published for the first time in English. The authors explore the history of the ghetto's evolution, the actual daily experience of its thousands of inhabitants from its creation in 1941 to its liquidation following the uprising of 1943. Encyclopedic in scope, the book encompasses a range of topics from food supplies to education, religious activities to the Jundenrat's administration. Separate chapters deal with the mass deportations to Treblinka and the famous uprising. A series of original maps, along with biographies, a glossary, and a bibliography, completes this masterful work . Click the book cover to read more.








[book] REMEMBERING:
VOICES OF THE HOLOCAUST
A NEW HISTORY IN THE WORDS OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SURVIVED
By LYN SMITH
Now in PAPERBACK
February 2007. Carroll and Graf
From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review: Elie Wiesel's Night may be topping bestseller lists, thanks to Oprah's book club, but there is still a need for other testimonies to the horrors of the Holocaust. Smith, who has recorded the experiences of survivors for London's Imperial War Museum, weaves together more than 100 accounts to construct a narrative of Nazi persecutions from the first anti-Semitic measures in 1933 through the liberation of the concentration camps. Atrocities, cruelties and random acts of kindness are recounted, fueled by a fierce need to preserve the truth for future generations. The strength of this collection is deepened by the inclusion of the experiences of Jehovah's Witnesses, Gypsies, members of German police battalions and resistance fighters. The most horrific anecdotes evoke the suffering of German, Polish and Czech Jews in overcrowded ghettos and extermination centers, somehow managing to outwit and, against all odds, overcome the final solution by luck and their persistent will to live. This is an extraordinary work of scholarship and a reminder of the power of individual stories, which can bring home the horrors of WWII more forcefully than abstract numbers. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Killing Hitler
The Plots, The Assassins, and the Dictator Who Cheated Death
by Roger Moorhouse
March 2007. Bantam
From Publishers Weekly: Although Hitler took his own life, there was no shortage of people who wanted, and attempted, to do it for him throughout his political career. Drawing on newly opened archives in Germany and elsewhere, British historian Moorhouse (Microcosm: Portrait of a Central European City) casts a wide net, chronicling failed assassination attempts by disaffected individuals in the early days of Hitler's reign, such as radical university student Maurice Bavaud, whose three easily thwarted tries in November 1938 got him guillotined; the efforts of a British group of James Bond-like spies armed with, among other things, "exploding rats"; and the well-known attempts of German officers, such as Hitler's architect Albert Speer. Moorhouse also brings to light little-known would-be-assassins, such as members of the Polish underground. Most of the assassination attempts Moorhouse describes failed because of poor planning; others fell victim to circumstance, while some may simply have been rumors, making for a compelling web of research, intrigue and conspiracy theory. Accessible prose, suspenseful narration and ample historical context make this a page-turner for WWII buffs as well as anyone with a passion for the underbelly of political power in one of the last century's darkest regimes. Click the book cover to read more.








[book] Holy Week
A Novel of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
by Jerzy Andrzejewski with Intro by Jan Gross and Oscar E. Swan
January 2007, Ohio University Press.
From Publishers Weekly: As armed battle rages in the Warsaw ghetto during the week preceding Easter of 1943, Jan Malecki, a Polish architect and cold, indecisive leftist, reluctantly takes in his Jewish old flame, Irena Lilien. Irena was a wealthy, bewitching beauty, but is now an embittered homeless fugitive with forged Aryan papers. Jan's pious and pregnant wife, Anna, is kind if condescending to Irena, and Jan's revolutionary brother identifies with the Jewish insurgents. But Irena, almost raped by a neighbor, is informed on by the neighbor's acidly anti-Semitic wife. Outside on the street, Polish children flush an emaciated Jewish boy out of hiding, chasing him into the grip of a German soldier who shoots him dead, and curious bystanders vie for a glimpse of the bloodletting inside the walls of the burning ghetto. Andrzejewski (1909-1983) writes blocky characters, and the translation, much of which was done by students of University of Pittsburgh professor Swan, is awkward. But the book, first published in 1945, remains a landmark for its scathing indictment of everyday Warsaw's savage indifference to the plight of Jews during WWII. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] BEYOND ANNE FRANK
HIDDEN CHILDREN AND POSTWAR FAMILIES IN HOLLAND
BY DIANE L. WOLF
January 2007, University of California Press.
The image of the Jewish child hiding from the Nazis was shaped by Anne Frank, whose house--the most visited site in the Netherlands-- has become a shrine to the Holocaust. Yet while Anne Frank's story continues to be discussed and analyzed, her experience as a hidden child in wartime Holland is anomalous--as this book brilliantly demonstrates. Drawing on interviews with seventy Jewish men and women who, as children, were placed in non-Jewish families during the Nazi occupation of Holland, Diane L. Wolf paints a compelling portrait of Holocaust survivors whose experiences were often diametrically opposed to the experiences of those who suffered in concentration camps. Although the war years were tolerable for most of these children, it was the end of the war that marked the beginning of a traumatic time, leading many of those interviewed here to remark, "My war began after the war." This first in-depth examination of hidden children vividly brings to life their experiences before, during, and after hiding and analyzes the shifting identities, memories, and family dynamics that marked their lives from childhood through advanced age. Wolf also uncovers anti-Semitism in the policies and practices of the Dutch state and the general population, which historically have been portrayed as relatively benevolent toward Jewish residents. The poignant family histories in Beyond Anne Frank demonstrate that we can understand the Holocaust more deeply by focusing on postwar lives.. Click the book cover to read more.






[book] Hitler's Beneficiaries
Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State
by Gotz Aly
Metropolitan Books (January 9, 2007).
In this groundbreaking book, historian Götz Aly addresses one of modern history's greatest conundrums: How did Hitler win the allegiance of ordinary Germans? The answer is as shocking as it is persuasive: by engaging in a campaign of theft on an almost unimaginable scale-and by channeling the proceeds into generous social programs-Hitler literally "bought" his people's consent. Drawing on secret files and financial records, Aly shows that while Jews and citizens of occupied lands suffered crippling taxation, mass looting, enslavement, and destruction, most Germans enjoyed an improved standard of living. Buoyed by millions of packages soldiers sent from the front, Germans also benefited from the systematic plunder of conquered territory and the transfer of Jewish possessions into their homes and pockets. Any qualms were swept away by waves of government handouts, tax breaks, and preferential legislation. Click the book cover to read more.






[book cover click here] A Jewish Doctor in Auschwitz
The Testimony of Sima Vaisman
by Sima Vaisman
(April 2005)
Written just days after her liberation but not discovered by her family until 50 years later, this riveting manuscript by Sima Vaisman, a Jew who suffered the worst of Nazi persecution, first fleeing the Nazis as they invaded her native Poland, then escaping to Paris only to be arrested and deported to Auschwitz, is her story of being a doctor forced to work in the hospital run by the infamous "Angel of Death," Dr. Josef Mengele. Told in detached, clinical language that holds nothing back, this gripping memoir provides key information and chilling details about how the infamous death camps worked-revealing, for example, how the lethal gas was actually administered by two Nazis in early-version chemical suits in the death chambers. Vaisman also shares the details of her liberation when the camp was captured by the Russian army, as well as her return to Paris, where she subsequently said little about her testimony until her family discovered it. Her story is supplemented by a moving foreword by famed Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, who gives her account a full historical context. The author's cousin, famed fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, herself the daughter of an Auschwitz survivor, provides a moving afterword that gives a stirring portrait of the Vaisman she knew. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] Auschwitz Report
by Primo Levi, Leonardo Debenedetti
October 2006. Norton
From Publishers Weekly: First published in Italy in 1946, this newly rediscovered early work by the celebrated late author of such Holocaust memoirs as Survival in Auschwitz-an eyewitness account of conditions at Buna-Monowitz, a satellite camp of Auschwitz-appears in English for the first time. The short report was written for the Russian authorities who had liberated the camp and were gathering information on German war crimes. While the report is not exactly a curiosity-one of the first written by eyewitnesses, it has an important place in Holocaust historiography-it contains little new information. Some of what it does contain-for instance, the authors thought the Sonderkommandos were criminal inmates rather than Jews-we now know to be inaccurate. Despite this, the publication of the document gives readers, and especially Holocaust scholars, new insights into Levi's work. An excellent introduction by editor Gordon gives an astute overview of the stylistic and historical relationship between this work and Levi's later autobiographical writings. Levi's training as a chemist and his friend and fellow survivor De Benedetti's training as a physician bring to the piece a dispassionate tone that has, in a sense, prefigured the best writing about the Holocaust. This is an important addition to Holocaust literature, but probably of limited interest to the general reader. . Click the book cover to read more.






[book cover click here] Auschwitz
A New History
by Laurence Rees
2005
Pw writes: This pathbreaking work reveals the "destructive dynamism" of the Nazis' most notorious death camp. Rees, creative director of history programs for the BBC, consistently offers new insights, drawn from more than 100 interviews with survivors and Nazi perpetrators. He gives a vivid portrait of the behind-the-scenes workings of the camp: for instance, of how a sympathetic guard could mean the difference between life and death for inmates, and the opening of a brothel to satisfy the "needs" of sadistic camp guards. But this is more than an anecdotal account of Nazi brutality. Rees also examines, and takes a stand on, controversial issues: he argues, for instance, that bombing the camp's train tracks wouldn't have saved many Jews. Nor does he overlook stories of individual acts of kindness or the Danes' rescue of their Jewish community. Rees (The Nazis: A Warning from History) gives a complete history of the camp-how it was turned over time from a concentration camp into a death factory where 10,000 people were killed in a single day. Indeed, his argument for incrementalism at Auschwitz mirrors his larger claim that the "Final Solution" came about in an ad hoc fashion, as top Nazi officials struggled for a way to implement their virulent anti-Semitism. Some scholars have made this argument, and others reject it, but the depth and wealth of detail Rees provides make this treatment highly compelling. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW. FYI: This book is the companion to a documentary that PBS will air in three two-hour segments, on January 19, January 26 and February , 2005. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book cover click here] Cezanne Is Missing
by Frank McMillan
Cambridge House, 2006
In the months following the atrocious events of September 11, a 15-year-old girl learns the story of her art teacher, a suvivor of Auschwitz and a fighter in the Warsaw Ghetto resistance. After frantic attempts to decode a diary written by her teacher's long-lost brother during World War II, she is suddenly drawn into the dangerous network of the underworld kidnappers who have targeted her teacher. Utterly clueless about this terrible epoch in history, she begins to see the link between hatred and intolerance throughout history. Set in New York City, the fast-paced, original plot is both educational and compelling Click the book cover above to read more.






[book cover click here] Our Holocaust
A novel
by Amir Gutfreund, Jessica Cohen
Toby Press, 2006
From Booklist Eloquently translated from the Hebrew, and written by the child of Holocaust survivors, this haunting first novel, a prizewinner in Israel, brings the history very close now. Why the panic when someone knocks at the door? Why does crazy Uncle Hirsch ask obsessively, "Only saints were gassed?" Always there is the dark humor of the old folks' grudges, miserliness, and daily lunacy. The kids are forbidden to ask about past secrets, but when they are "Old Enough," they hear the horrific memories in graphic detail. The spare accounts of unspeakable brutality, suffering, and sacrifice stay with you, and so do the big questions. The savagery of Nazi criminals is documented; why have so many never been punished? And what about the officials who were only doing their jobs? As the narrator fetches his kid from kindergarten today, he wonders about the people on the street: Who could be collaborator, informer, loyal soldier, killer, rescuer? With the arbitrariness of the survival stories, there is the inescapable truth that ordinary people made it happen. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book cover click here] Holocaust Justice
The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts
by Michael J. Bazyler
NYU Press, 2005
The Holocaust was not only the greatest murder in history; it was also the greatest theft. Historians estimate that the Nazis stole roughly $230 billion to $320 billion in assets (figured in today's dollars), from the Jews of Europe. Since the revelations concerning the wartime activities of the Swiss banks first broke in the late 1990s, an ever-widening circle of complicity and wrongdoing against Jews and other victims has emerged in the course of lawsuits waged by American lawyers. These suits involved German corporations, French and Austrian banks, European insurance companies, and double thefts of art--first by the Nazis, and then by museums and private collectors refusing to give them up. All of these injustices have come to light thanks to the American legal system. Holocaust Justice is the first book to tell the complete story of the legal campaign, conducted mainly on American soil, to address these injustices. Michael Bazyler, a legal scholar specializing in human rights and international law, takes an in-depth look at the series of lawsuits that gave rise to a coherent campaign to right historical wrongs. Diplomacy, individual pleas for justice by Holocaust survivors and various Jewish organizations for the last fifty years, and even suits in foreign courts, had not worked. It was only with the intervention of the American courts that elderly Holocaust survivors and millions of other wartime victims throughout the world were awarded compensation, and equally important, acknowledgment of the crimes committed against them. The unique features of the American system of justice--which allowed it to handle claims that originated over fifty years ago and in another part of the world--made it the only forum in the world where Holocaust claims could be heard. Without the lawsuits brought by American lawyers, Bazyler asserts, the claims of the elderly survivors and their heirs would continue to be ignored. For the first time in history, European and even American corporations are now being forced to pay restitution for war crimes totaling billions of dollars to Holocaust survivors and other victims. Bazyler deftly tells the unfolding stories: the Swiss banks' attempt to hide dormant bank accounts belonging to Holocaust survivors or heirs of those who perished in the war; German private companies that used slave laborers during World War II--including American subsidiaries in Germany; Italian, Swiss and German insurance companies that refused to pay on prewar policies; and the legal wrangle going on today in American courts over art looted by the Nazis in wartime Europe. He describes both the human and legal dramas involved in the struggle for restitution, bringing the often-forgotten voices of Holocaust survivors to the forefront. He also addresses the controversial legal and moral issues over Holocaust restitution and the ethical debates over the distribution of funds. With an eye to the future, Bazyler discusses the enduring legacy of Holocaust restitution litigation, which is already being used as a model for obtaining justice for historical wrongs on both the domestic and international stage. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book cover click here] HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
The Incredible True Story of a German-Jewish Teenager's Struggle to Survive in Nazi-Occupied Poland
by Betty Lauer
Smith & Kraus (May 1, 2004)
From Publishers Weekly: Even if you think you've read enough about the Holocaust, start this extraordinary eyewitness account, and you won't quit till you're finished. Bertel Weissberger (now Betty Lauer) was 12 in April 1938 when her father was expelled from Germany and went to America. That October, Bertel; her sister, Eva; and her mother-along with truckloads of other German Jews-were sent to Poland. Initially, they lived as registered Jews, with special curfews, work assignments and food rations. Then came armbands, herding into ghettos and the "liquidations" of ghettos by mass executions or transports to concentration camps. Bertel and her mother-the Nazis caught Eva-got forged papers and learned to pass as Polish Christians. This was a constant strain, as IDs were continually rechecked and bounty hunters were always searching for disguised Jews. Fleeing a series of near-discoveries, Bertel and her mother ended up in Warsaw, where they fought in the 1943 uprising and were deported to an internment camp, along with Bertel's Polish Christian "husband." They bribed their way out of the camp to take various work assignments, navigated the Russian occupation of Poland, walked to Auschwitz to look for Eva and stowed away on a ship from Poland to Sweden, finally sailed to America. Beyond the incredible journey, this day-by-day account of a teenager learning "survival dexterity"-how to extract assistance from the ambivalent, how to sense danger in the slightest gesture-is unforgettable. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book cover click here] To Wear the Dust of War
From Bialystok to Shanghai to the Promised Land
(Palgrave Studies in Oral History)
by Samuel Iwry, Leslie J.H. Kelley (Editors)
2004
On the eve of World War I, ten-year-old Samuel Iwry and his family joined other Jewish refugees in fleeing Poland for Russia. At age twenty-nine, Iwry was forced to flee again--this time from the Soviets--and ended up in Shanghai, joining 20,000 Jewish refugees already there. The story of the diaspora caused by the Holocaust is well-known, but the Far Eastern dimension has come to light only very recently. Iwry's story unfolds in his own compelling words, conveying the harrowing details of flight and survival into vivid detail. Leslie Kelly suceeds in placing Iwry's experiences into much wider historical context. This oral history sheds light on Jewish life in eastern Europe during the inter-war period, the search for a safe haven from Nazis and Soviets, daily life in the Shanghai ghetto, and emigration to America. Iwry's story is representative of the Jewish experience but also completely unique. Samuel Iwry is Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Leslie J.H. Kelley is a writer and editor who studied with Professor Iwry. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] ONE LIFE
by TOM LAMPERT
November 2004. Harcourt
PW writes: The author, an American-born scholar living in Berlin, documents the Nazi era in Germany through eight largely unconnected stories of lesser-known figures-some perpetrators, some victims, one a vicious dog at Treblinka (or perhaps it's really about Konrad Lorenz, a former Nazi party member and later Nobelist who testifies on the dog's behalf). Despite Lampert's prodigious research, he is less than successful in meeting his intent "to alleviate some of the moralizing pressure... that make[s] it impossible to think concretely about... the Holocaust." He wants readers to see that not all perpetrators were evil, nor all victims innocent. Miriam P. is a young, criminally destructive Jewish psychopath executed by the Nazis in their roundup of mental patients. Erich B. is a ruthless SS executioner who loved his children and suffered greatly from physical ailments. The most nuanced and compelling chronicle is that of Karl L., who headed the Jewish police in Theresienstadt, obsessively pursuing stealing and corruption by prisoners; later, when accused of Nazi collaboration, he defended his actions as in the best interest of the inmates. But it's not news that some Nazis, like Wilhelm K. in the title piece, tried to save some Jews, or that some Jews may have collaborated with the Nazis. Does knowledge of this interfere with clear moral thinking about the Holocaust? Though his tales are fascinating, Lampert's purpose in telling them seems muddled.
Julia Klein, writing in the SF Chicago Tribune in November 2004, wrote, "...The form of Lampert's book, translated by the author from the original German, is based on the cool, meticulous piecing together of factual information from scattered documentary sources. Each narrative is presented in chronological order, with little embellishment, save for suggestive subtitles such as "Sieg Heil and Rich Pickings." Lampert deliberately eschews literary shaping, as well as overt judgments. The idea, he explains, is to "alleviate some of the moralizing pressure, which almost inevitably arises when dealing with such issues, to `speak out' or `take a stand'--imperatives that make it difficult if not impossible to think concretely about National Socialism or the Holocaust." To that end, Lampert says, he has sought "to avoid didacticism" of any kind. This virtual abdication of authority and perspective will no doubt frustrate some readers and leave them wanting more, especially in the case of the shorter narratives. As one might expect, the richer the documentary record, the closer its mere unveiling comes to satisfying us. So the most fascinating, as well as complete, case study is of Karl L., who arguably inhabits the gray zone of collaboration described by Primo Levi in "The Drowned and the Saved." (Another literary influence on "One Life" may be Franz Kafka: Lampert's characters are all referred to by initials and must make their way in a world that is threatening and insane.)..."
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[book cover click here] Cherished Illusions
by Sarah Stern "
April 2005, Balfour
When Rachel, a child of Holocaust survivors, finds that her life has intersected with that of Danielle, a refined woman with a mysterious past...old fears and painful discoveries bind the two women together in a blur of emotions and choices. As the two oddly matched friends open up to each other, one reveals a dark secret and her longing for redemption. The other purposes to walk with her through dark days ahead, from which they hope to emerge into the light. This first novel from Sarah Stern weaves startling facts about ancient hatreds directed toward the Jewish people with a rich, detailed narrative that readers will find engrossing. Through her supple writing and an imagination rooted in truth-seeking, Stern has crafted a novel for all ages. The author, Sarah Stern, is the director of the Washington office for the American Jewish Congress. Born in Westchester County, NY, she carries the name of an aunt who perished in the gas chambers at Aushwitz. Click the book cover above to read more.








[book] The Ransom of the Jews
The Story of Extraordinary Secret Bargain Between Romania and Israel
by Radu Ioanid
Afterword by Elie Wiesel
Ivan R Dee; (January 2005)
From Publishers Weekly: Ioanid (The Holocaust in Romania) sheds light on an extraordinary, little-known and shameful episode that explains some mysteries of international affairs, such as why Romania was the only Soviet bloc country to maintain relations with Israel after the Six-Day War. Drawing on interviews and on highly classified Romanian documents, Ioanid relates how Romania in the 1950s and '60s demanded payments in cash and goods from Israel in exchange for the emigration of Romanian Jews to the Jewish state. A historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Ioanid places these events in the context of a cash-starved Romania, turning away from Russia and eager for Western trade, oil-drilling equipment and agricultural goods. In the late 1960s, the human trade allowed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his family to build their private bank accounts. "Jews, Germans, and oil are our best export commodities," the dictator said in the mid-1970s. He insisted the payments per Jew be determined by his or her "education, profession, employment, and family status." Ioanid carefully follows all the ups and downs in negotiations and relations between Israel and Romania, and the impact of protests from Arab countries and Western demands for human rights. Ioanid does a service in reporting on this sordid tale of exploitation and the trade in human beings. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book] Hitler's Pope
The Secret History of Pius XII
by John Cornwell
2000. Penguin
Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, has long been the subject of controversy over his failure to speak out against Hitler's Final Solution. In Hitler's Pope, award-winning journalist and Roman Catholic John Cornwell shows that, even well before the Holocaust, Pope Pius XII was instrumental in negotiating an accord that helped the Nazis rise to unhindered power--and sealed the fate of the Jews in Europe. Drawing upon secret Vatican and Jesuit archives to which he had exclusive access, Cornwell tells the full, tragic story of how narcissism, longstanding personal antipathy for the Jews, and political and spiritual ambition combined to make Pius the most dangerous churchman in history. A firm and final indictment of Pius XII's papacy, Hitler's Pope is also a searing exploration of its lingering consequences for the Catholic church today. A BEST SELLER. The LA TIMES wrote: Los Angeles Times, October 10, 1999 In May 1940, some 14 months after the election to the papacy of Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, who took the name Pius Xii, the French cardinal, Eugene Tisserant, wrote privately to the cardinal archbishop of Paris, Emmanuel Suhard: "I fear that history will reproach the Holy See for having practiced a policy of selfish convenience and little else." Among Catholics, Tisserant's dim view of Pius XII was that of a small minority only, at least until the pope's death in October 1958. Since the early 1960's, however, when Rolf Hochhuth's play "The Deputy" caused a worldwide scandal and triggered passionate debate, the controversy regarding Pius XII's attitude toward Nazi Germany, and particularly his silence in the face of the extermination of the Jews, has sporadically erupted among Catholics and in the Christians world. For Jews, the subject has remained of major importance, linked as it is not only to the past but also to ongoing relations between the two faiths. John Cornwell's book is illuminating in the analysis of Pacelli's formative years, in the assessment of his personality, in the discussion of German political Catholicism for the sake of the concordat with Hitler and in the description of Pacelli's unrelenting efforts to centralize all major initiatives in the pope's hands. In dealing with the war years and particularly with Pius XII's silence in the face of extermination of the Jews. It is the section of Cornwell's book dealing with the war period that will certainly rekindle the strongest controversy.
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[book] The Myth of Hitler's Pope
How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis
by Rabbi David G. Dalin
2005. Regenery
Rabbi Dalin teaches at the Catholic Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. He refutes the books that say Pope Pius did not fight Nazism and the deportation of Jews. He thinks the smearing of Pope Pius XII is utterly bankrupt. He thinks Pope Pius XII is actually considered by some as a righteous gentile. He would rather the general public focus their gaze on Hitler's mufti instead of the pope, since the mufti met with more Nazis.
From the Inside Flap: Was Pope Pius XII secretly in league with Adolf Hitler? No, says Rabbi David G. Dalin-but there was a cleric in league with Hitler: the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. As Pope Pius XII worked to save Jews from the Nazis, the grand mufti became Hitler's staunch ally and a promoter of the Holocaust, with a legacy that feeds radical Islam today. In this shocking and thoroughly documented book, Rabbi Dalin explodes the myth of Hitler's pope and condemns the myth-makers for not only rewriting history, but for denying the testimony of Holocaust survivors, hijacking the Holocaust for unseemly political ends, and ignoring the real threat to the Jewish people. In The Myth of Hitler's Pope, you'll learn: ˇ The true history of Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust-how the Catholic Church did more than any other religious body to save Jewish lives ˇ The real history of the Church and the Nazis-including the Nazi plan to kidnap the pope ˇ The real agenda of the myth-makers: hijacking the Holocaust to attack the very idea of the papacy-especially the papacy of the late Pope John Paul II-as well as Christianity and traditional religion as a whole ˇ Hitler's cleric-Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who advised and assisted the Nazis in carrying out Hitler's Final Solution ˇ How Pope Pius XII rescued Jews-and deserves to be called a "righteous gentile"-while the grand mufti of Jerusalem called for their extermination Full of shocking and irrefutable detail, The Myth of Hitler's Pope is sure to generate controversy, and more important, to set the record straight. If you want the truth about Pope Pius XII, about the Catholic Church, the Jews, and the Holocaust, and about how the myth of Hitler's pope plays into the culture wars of our own time-and how the fact of Hitler's mufti is a vital source of radical Islam today-you must begin here.
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[book] The Nuremberg Interviews
by LEON GOLDENSOHN, ROBERT GELLATELY (Editor)

Knopf (October 2004)
In 1946 Goldensohn, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, conducted a series of interviews with many of the defendants and witnesses as the Nuremberg war-crimes trials unfolded. Until Gellately edited them, these interviews have been unavailable to the public. Virtually all of the top Nazi officials tried at Nuremberg are interviewed here, and their responses make for fascinating yet chilling reading. There are few surprises. Most of the defendants insist that they were unaware of the extermination camps, and many of them say they now realize the criminal nature of Hitler, Himmler, and Goebbels. What is striking about them is what Hannah Arendt called the sheer "banality of evil." These men, with the possible exception of Julius Streicher, don't come across as fire-breathing monsters or even fanatics. In fact, under other circumstances, some of them would be viewed as rather decent. Goering, who was the charismatic "star" of court proceedings, was clearly a man of considerable intelligence and charm. Yet most of these men willingly played integral parts in a machine that practiced atrocities as a matter of routine. Without necessarily intending to do so, these men reveal how easily totalitarian systems can induce acquiescence to or even enthusiastic participation in evil.
PW writes: "How did you figure a six-month-old Jewish infant must be killed-was it an enemy?" Goldensohn asked Otto Ohlendorf at Nuremberg. "In the child," explained the SS lieutenant general, "we see the grown-up." Goldensohn, an army psychiatrist, was assigned in 1946 to the Nuremberg trials. In his evaluations of the German defendants, he quickly got over his shock at their casual acceptance of Nazi doctrine and refusal to take personal responsibility for their acts. Goldensohn died in 1961, and recently his brother Eli collected the long-stored transcripts edited by historian Gellately (The Gestapo and German Society). Goldensohn tried to coax childhood memories from the men, seeking early motivations for later monstrousness, and found little to go on. Most were ordinary people who took unexpected opportunities in politically festering interwar Germany. Few expressed even meager repentance, blaming betrayal of the Nazi ideal for the thwarting of the Garden of Eden promised by Hitler, who remained for them a political and military genius. Goldensohn's conversations with these men are perturbing because most of the them seem like many of us except for the circumstances that lured them into opportunistic deviance. Goldensohn may not have left a headline-making legacy of belated revelations, but he has complicated further the tapestry of evil. Click the book cover above to read more.




[book] IN OUR HEARTS WE WERE GIANTS
THE REMARKABLE STORY OF THE LILLIPUT TROUPE
A DWARF FAMILY'S SURVIVAL OF THE HOLOCAUST
by YEHUDA KOREN AND EILAT NEGEV (what a name!)
July 2004. Carroll and Graf
Shimshon Eizik Ovitz had ten kids, seven had the gene for dwarfism. At Auschwitz, Dr Josef Mengele loved to torment them. Therefore they lived. Through research and interviews with the youngest Ovitz daughter, Perla, the troupe's last surviving member, and other relatives, the authors weave the tale of a beloved and successful family of performers who were famous entertainers in Central Europe until the Nazis deported them to Auschwitz in May 1944. Descending into the hell of the concentration camp from the transport train, the Ovitz family-known widely as the Lilliput Troupe- was separated from other Jewish victims. When Josef Mengele was notified of their arrival, they were assigned better quarters and provided more nutritious food than other inmates. Authors Koren and Negev chronicle Mengele's experiments upon this family and the creepy fondness he developed for them. Finally liberated by Russian troops, the family eventually found their way to a new home in Israel where they became wealthy and successful performers. In Our Hearts We Were Giants is a powerful testament to the human spirit, and a triumphant tale that no reader will forget. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book] [philip roth] THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
A NOVEL
by PHILIP ROTH
Houghton Mifflin Company; (October 1, 2004)
The most anticipated book of Fall 2004.
The book opens in 1940. June. Philip, his older brother and his parents are living in a small Newark apartment in a Jewish neighborhood. Philip's father is selling insurance for Met Life, but then he declines an offer for a position in management, which would require him to manage some drunk Christians and move his family to a non-Jewish area of NJ. It is a hot night, when the deadlocked Republicans offer up Lindbergh as their Presidential candidate to run against the popular FDR. Lindbergh had just given an awful speech criticizing those evil Jews, just like Ford and Reverend Coughlin. Walter Winchell, the greatest Jew after Einstein in 1940, lashes out against Lindbergh, the Jews feel relieved. But when the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invades every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for sel?shly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but upon taking of?ce as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without dif?culty. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family - and for a million such families all over the country - during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst. In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. Click the book cover above to read more.
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[book] WHERE THE BIRDS NEVER SING
The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau
by Jack Sacco
September 30, 2004. Regan Books
In his riveting debut, Where the Birds Never Sing, Jack Sacco tells the realistic, harrowing, at times horrifying, and ultimately triumphant tale of an American GI in World War II. As seen through the eyes of his father, Joe Sacco -- a farm boy from Alabama who was flung into the chaos of Normandy and survived the terrors of the Bulge -- this is the heroic story of the young men who changed the course of history. As part of the 92nd Signal Battalion and Patton's famed Third Army, Joe and his buddies found themselves at the forefront of the Allied push through France and Germany. After more than a year of fighting, but still only twenty years old, Joe was a hardened veteran. However, nothing could have prepared him and his unit for the horrors behind the walls of Germany's infamous Dachau concentration camp. They were among the first 250 American troops into the camp, and it was there that they finally grasped the significance of the Allied mission. Surrounded by death and destruction, they not only found the courage and the will to fight, they discovered the meaning of friendship and came to understand the value and fragility of life. Told from the perspective of an ordinary soldier, Where the Birds Never Sing contains firsthand accounts and never-before-published photographs documenting one man's transformation from farm boy to soldier to liberator. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book cover click here] AUSCHWITZ
A NEW HISTORY
by LAURENCE REES
January 2005. Public Affairs
Laurence Rees is Creative Director of History Programs for the BBC and author of five books. Published for the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-a devastating and surprising account of the most infamous death camp the world has ever known. Auschwitz-Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Yet its story is not fully known. In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail-from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred.
Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Nazi leadership to prescribe Auschwitz as its primary site for the extinction of Europe's Jews-their"Final Solution." He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were driven not just by ideological inevitability but as a"practical" response to a war in the East that had begun to go wrong for Germany. A terrible immoral pragmatism characterizes many of the decisions that determined what happened at Auschwitz. Thus the story of the camp becomes a morality tale, too, in which evil is shown to proceed in a series of deft, almost noiseless incremental steps until it produces the overwhelming horror of the industrial scale slaughter that was inflicted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Click the book cover above to read more.




[book cover click here] Blood Libel
The Damascus Affair of 1840
By Ronald Florence
University of Wisconsin Press
In Damascus, in February 1840, a Capuchin monk and his servant disappear without a trace. Rumors point at the local Jewish community. Within weeks, the rumors turn to accusations of ritual murder-the infamous "blood libel." Torture, coerced confessions, manufactured evidence, and the fury of the crowds are enough to convict the accused Jews. By the time the rest of the world learns of the events in Damascus, the entire leadership of the Jewish community is awaiting execution. Vicious charges of ritual murder had been heard in Europe for centuries and are heard in the Middle East today-but everything else here was turned around. The accusers of the Jews were not the Muslim majority. The French consul was the chief prosecutor, aided by the British consul, with the support of the American consul. The affair became a cause célčbre in Europe and the Americas, the priorities of diplomacy intervened, and the fabric of a society that had once stretched to tolerate minorities finally burst in an outrage of fears turned to fury. The legacies of that torn fabric, and the continuing myths, feed and sustain the fervor of anti-Semitism today. Click the book cover above to read more.









[book cover click here] THE TREE OF LIFE
A TRILOGY OF LIFE IN THE LODZ GHETTO
BOOK 1: ON THE BRINK OF THE PRECIPICE, 1939
By Chava Rosenfarb, Translated from Yiddish with Goldie Morgentaler
December 2004. Wisconsin.
The lives of 10 protagonists in the Lodz Ghetto. The author is a survivor of Lodz, Auschwitz, and Bergen Belsen. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book cover click here] Oskar Schindler
The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind The List
by David M. Crowe
Westview Press (November 1, 2004)
Deborah Lipstadt writing in The Washington Post's Book World: "David Crowe devoted seven years, conducted scores of interviews and did research on four continents in order to write the definitive biography of Oskar Schindler. That's the good news. The bad news is that this definitive account is buried in a massive text. Crowe would have been served by a good editor, one with a relentless red pencil. Schindler, a man with many flaws, risked his life and his fortune to save more Jews during the Holocaust than anyone else did. While the young Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved a larger number of Jews, he had the assistance of an entire team of people and the financial support of American Jews. In contrast, Schindler had only the assistance of his wife, Emilie. Moreover, Schindler performed his heroic deeds only a short distance from Auschwitz... ... In contrast to the impression given by Steven Spielberg in "Schindler's List," Crowe discovered that the famous list was not compiled by Schindler but by one of his Jewish administrators, Marcel Goldberg. There is, Crowe reveals, a seamy side to this story. Aware that inclusion on the list could mean the difference between life and death, Jews bribed Goldberg to get themselves on it. In certain cases, entire families were listed, while people of lesser means were dispatched to Auschwitz and other camps... Schindler did not create the list, but, motivated by a deep sense of compassion for these people and revulsion at the Germans' actions, he did feel responsible for keeping these people alive, particularly during the harrowing final months of the war... Schindler's saga did not end with Germany's defeat. After the Holocaust, Yad Vashem initially refused to honor him as a Righteous Gentile. How, it wondered, could it balance his membership in the Nazi Party with his efforts to save Jews? Those Jews whose factory he had expropriated protested to Yad Vashem that he acquired the considerable sums he spent to save his workers through the Aryanization of Jewish property and the use of slave labor. They tried to take legal action against him. CLICK TH EBOOK COVER ABOVE TO READ MORE.






[book cover click here] THE SETTING OF THE PEARL
VIENNA UNDER HITLER
by THOMAS WEYR
Oxford University Press; (Winter 2005)
When Adolf Hitler seized Vienna in the Anschluss of 1938, he called the city "a pearl to which he would give a proper setting." But the setting he left behind seven years later was one of ruin and destruction--a physical, spiritual, and intellectual wasteland. Here is a grippingly narrated and heartbreaking account of the debasement of one of Europe's great cities. Thomas Weyr shows how Hitler turned Vienna from a vibrant metropolis that was the cradle of modernism into a drab provincial town. In this riveting narrative, we meet Austrian traitors like Arthur Seyss-Inquart and mass murderers like Odilo Globocnik; proconsuls like Joseph Buerckel, who hacked Austria into seven pieces, and Baldur von Schirach, who dreamed of making Vienna into a Nazi capital on the Danube--and failed miserably. More painfully, Weyr chronicles the swift destruction of a rich Jewish culture and the removal of the city's 200,000 Jews through murder, exile, and deportation. Vienna never regained the global role the city had once played. Today, Weyr concludes, only the monuments remain--beautiful but lifeless. This is not only the story of Nazi leaders but of how the Viennese themselves lived and died: those who embraced Hitler, those who resisted, and the many who merely, in the local phrase, "ran after the rabbit." The author draws on his own experiences as a child in Vienna under Nazi rule in 1938, and those of his parents and friends, plus extensive documentary research, to craft a vivid historical narrative that chillingly captures how a once-great city lost its soul under Hitler. Click the book cover above to read more.






[book cover click here] Kaddishel
A Life Reborn
by Aharon Golub, Bennett W. Golub
January 2005. Devorah Publishing, Pitsopany
Aharon Golub was born in Ludvipol, Poland. He survived, and was orphaned by the Holocaust. As a legal immigrant to Palestine in 1946, he actively worked towards Israel's independence. Moving to the US in 1954, Golub married and started a family. Bennett W. Golub, Aharon's son, is a co-founder of a leading investment and risk management firm based in New York. In KADDISHEL-A LIFE REBORN, Bennett Golub assists his father Aharon with documenting his personal history, to both better understand himself and to preserve these experiences for future generations. In doing so, the reader is given a first-hand look at three major historical eras-traditional Jewish life in a small Polish town, the mindless horrors of the Nazis, and the formation of the state of Israel. It is an indication of Aharon's strength that even after witnessing the death of his family members, his resolve is not rage or hatred but rather, the deep conviction that the Jewish people need their own homeland and the power to protect themselves the world over. Aharon's journey leads eventually to America where he raises his own family and has his own Kaddishel to live on and help him tell his story. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book cover click here] History on Trial
My Day in Court with David Irving
by Deborah E. Lipstadt, Emory University
February 2005, Ecco
In 1993, Deborah E. Lipstadt, a professor of Jewish Studies at Emory University, published the first comprehensive history of the Holocaust denial movement. In this critically acclaimed account, Lipstadt called David Irving -- a prolific, respected, and well-known writer on World War II who had, over the years, made controversial statements about Hitler and the Jews -- one of the most dangerous spokespersons of the denial movement.
A year later, when Irving sued Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher, Penguin UK, for libel in a London courtroom, the media spotlight fell on Deborah Lipstadt and, by extension, on the historiography of the Holocaust. Five years later, when David Irving lost his case after an intense ten-week trial, Lipstadt's resounding victory was proclaimed on front pages of newspapers worldwide. The implications of the trial, however, were far from over.
History on Trial is Deborah Lipstadt's personal, riveting chronicle of the legal battle with Irving, in which she went from a relatively quiet existence as a professor at an American university to being a defendant in a sensational libel case. This blow-by-blow account reveals how Lipstadt fund-raised $1.5 million for her defense, which included a first-rate team of solicitors, historians, and experts, among them Anthony Julius, a literary scholar who is better known as the late Princess Diana's divorce lawyer. Lipstadt describes how in forced silence she endured Irving's relentless provocations, including his claims that more people died in Senator Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than in the gas chambers at Auschwitz, that survivors tattooed numbers on their arms to make money, and that nonwhite people are a different "species." She also reveals how her lawyers gained access to Irving's personal papers, which exposed his association with neo-Nazi extremists in Germany, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, and the National Alliance, which wants to transform America into an "Aryan society." In the course of the trial, Lipstadt's legal team stripped away Irving's mask of respectability through exposing the prejudice, extremism, and distortion of history that defined his work, even his once highly regarded account of the Dresden bombing.
Part history, part edge-of-your-seat courtroom drama, History on Trial goes beyond the historiography of World War II and the Holocaust to reveal the intricate way in which extremism and deliberate historical distortions gain widespread legitimacy and help generate hatred. An inspiring personal story of perseverance and unexpected limelight, here is the definitive account of the trial that tested the standards for historical and judicial truths, a trial that the Daily Telegraph of London proclaimed did "for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." Click on the bookcover above to read more.
By the way... HBO and Ridley Scott's production company was working on a film on the case. Ronald Harwood wrote the screenplay. But when HBO asked him to add some fictional elements to the story to jazz it up, Harwood refused. How could he add fictional elements to a story that is about the truth. The film project therefore died a quiet death





[book] HOPE AND HONOR
By MAJOR GENERAL SID SHACHNOW (ret.) with JANN ROBBINS
October 2004. St Martins
PW Writes, "Part Holocaust memoir and part U.S. Army career narrative, this tale of an extraordinary life begins with young Schaja Shachnowski, a Lithuanian Jew, watching the Nazis march into his town. Taken with his family to a concentration camp, they survived by bribery, quick wits, the help of the Jewish camp police and the occasional assistance of local Lithuanians. Schaja was impressed by American GIs and remembered them after he and his family were eventually admitted to the U.S.: wanting to marry a Christian girl whom his family loathed and also unable to find a decent job, he enlisted in the army in 1955. This began a 40-year career, covered in the book's second half, that ended with him a much decorated major general, having spent most of his career in Special Forces, eventually becoming its commanding general. He served two tours in Vietnam, commanded the Berlin Brigade and fought for an enlarged role for Special Forces. He is also still married to his boyhood love, a remarkably enduring person in her own right. Schachnow's life certainly demonstrates the title qualities, as well as high professional integrity and a ferocious will to survive. His telling of it is not always graceful, but his story comes through clearly and with conviction." Click the book cover above to read more.







[book] SHANGHAI DIARY
A Young Girl's Journey from Hitler's Hate to War-Torn China
By URSULA BACON
October 2004.
M Press.
Soon to be a major motion picture film.. The story of a Jewish refugee in China. Click the book cover above to read more.












[book] GI JEWS
How World War II Changed a Generation
by Deborah Dash Moore
November 2004. Belknap Harvard University Press.
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[book] They'll Have to Catch Me First
An Artist's Coming of Age in the Third Reich
by Irene Awret
2004. Wisconsin.
Berlin 1939. A few months after Kristallnacht, eighteen-year old Irene Spicker tries to flee to Belgium but ends up in a Nazi prison. Freed after a few weeks, she tries again-this time, in the dark of night, she successfully crosses the frontier. The Germans invaded Belgium, and Irene was forced into hiding. Constantly on the move, she worked as a farmhand, at one point using false identity papers. Arrested by the Gestapo, she sat in a cellar prison cell destined for transport to Auschwitz. To calm her fears, she made a small detailed drawing of her hand which was to save her life. Incarcerated in the concentration camp in Mechlen, she was assigned to paint signs, posters and numbers for her co-prisoners to wear around their necks. This is Irene Awret's story of her first twenty-five years, from coming of age in a middle-class Jewish family to Mechlen where she met the young sculptor Azriel Awret, to liberation and freedom once more. Click the book cover above to read more.









[book] The Lesser Evil
The Diaries of Victor Klemperer 1945-1959
BY Victor Klemperer, Martin Chalmers
Summer 2004.
This third and final volume of the diaries of Klemperer, a German-Jewish professor of philology who survived the Nazis because his wife was Christian, lacks the inherent drama of his life under the Nazis, related in the first two, highly acclaimed volumes, and many readers will be mystified by the political twists and turns of East German communism. Nonetheless, Klemperer was an acute observer of life's complexities, and the diary becomes quite a good read. In 1945, he is amazed that he has survived, but the conditions of life are still wrenching. He is suspicious of all the former acquaintances who shunned him in the Nazi years and now fawn over him. As a privileged academic in Communist East Germany, Klemperer attends endless, mind-numbing meetings, but also receives a number of appointments, a good salary and a cherished automobile. He publishes his most important work, LTI, a study of Nazi language. As someone who had suffered so acutely under the Nazis, he believes communism is "the lesser evil," yet he is anguished by the parallels between Nazism and communism. The diary is a poignant document about life under communism and the political choices that so many Europeans faced after WWII. Click the book cover above to read more.









[book] RESILIANCE AND COURAGE
Women, and Men, and the Holocaust
by Nechama Tec
Yale University Press; (April 1, 2003).
In this, Nechama Tec's fifth book on the Holocaust, vivid individual stories blend effortlessly with detailed comparisons of wartime experiences of women and men. The result is a captivating account of how the coping strategies and the ultimate fate of each sex differed. Tec, as always, listens to the voices of the oppressed, voices that originated in wartime diaries, postwar memoirs, archival materials, and her own interviews with survivors and rescuers. Concentrating on life under extreme conditions, Tec's research uncovers the previously overlooked significance of mutual cooperation and compassion that operated across gender lines. Click the book cover above to read more.









[book] The BIELSKI BROTHERS
In the Woods, We Were Free: The True Story of the Bielskis, Three Brothers Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews, and Built a Village in the Forest
by PETER DUFFY
July 2003. HarperCollins. In New York City, Queens County, there lived two brothers. They were uncelebrated, unassuming, and one had a grocery supply route. What their neighbors and co-workers did not know was that these brothers, with another brother, led 1200 Jews into the forests during WWII, saved more Jewish lives than Oskar Schindler, created a town, and formed platoons of armed resistance to kill Nazi soldiers. For two and a half years, they hid and fought. They made their refuge a place open to all types of Jews, young or old, healthy or infirmed, Betar, Zionist, or Socialist. The author writes a documentary portrait of the family prior to WWI, between the wars, and during the war. After witnessing the murder of their parents and 2 siblings, Asael, Tuvia, and Zus Bielski fled into the forest and spread the word that there was a haven in the woods. Over time, 1200 Jews were saved by living with them in the forest. There was a temple, a bathhouse, a store, and even a theater in the woods. For 2 and a half years they eluded the Nazis and death. This is their story. Click to read more.









[book] Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp by Rochelle G. Saidel (University of Sao Paulo)

April 2004. University of Wisconsin
Ravensbrück was the only major Nazi concentration camp for women. Located about fifty miles north of Berlin, the camp was the site of murder by slave labor, torture, starvation, shooting, lethal injection, "medical" experimentation, and gassing. While this camp was designed to hold 5,000 women, the actual figure was six times this number. Between 1939 and 1945, 132,000 women from twenty-three countries were imprisoned in Ravensbrück, including political prisoners, Jehovah's Witnesses, "asocials" (including Gypsies, prostitutes, and lesbians), criminals, and Jewish women (who made up about 20 percent of the population). Only 15,000 survived. Drawing upon more than sixty narratives and interviews of survivors in the United States, Israel, and Europe as well as unpublished testimonies, documents, and photographs from private archives, Rochelle Saidel provides a vivid collective and individual portrait of Ravensbrück's Jewish women prisoners. She worked for over twenty years to track down these women whose poignant testimonies deserve to be shared with a wider audience and future generations. Their memoirs provide new perspectives and information about satellite camps (there were about 70 slave labor sub-camps). Here is the story of real daily camp life with the women's thoughts about food, friendships, fear of rape and sexual abuse, hygiene issues, punishment, work, and resistance. Saidel includes accounts of the women's treatment, their daily struggles to survive, their hopes and fears, their friendships, their survival strategies, and the aftermath. . Click to read more.






[book] JEWS TURKS AND OTHER STRANGERS
THE ROOTS OF PREJUDICE IN MODERN GERMANY
by Jerome S. Legge, Jr.
August 2003. University of Wisconsin Press.
Scholarly, objective, insightful, and analytical, Jews, Turks, and Other Strangers studies the causes of prejudice against Jews, foreign workers, refugees, and emigrant Germans in contemporary Germany. Using survey material and quantitative analyses, Legge convincingly challenges the notion that German xenophobia is rooted in economic causes. Instead, he sees a more complex foundation for German prejudice, particularly in a reunified Germany where perceptions of the "other" sometimes vary widely between east and west, a product of a traditional racism rooted in the German past. By clarifying the foundations of xenophobia in a new German state, Legge offers a clear and disturbing picture of a conflicted country and a prejudice that not only affects Jews but also fuels a larger, anti-foreign sentiment. Click the book cover above to read more.








[book] Beating the Odds
A Boyhood Under Nazi-Occupied France
by George M. Burnell, MD
1stBooks Library; (September 2002).
The book is about what can happen when the international community ignores a power-hungry dictator who schemes and plots the destruction of free and civilized countries. The date was September 1939. The dictator: Adolf Hitler. The nations: Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, England, the U.S. It is also the story of Dr. Burnell's involvement in the Resistance, his narrow escapes from the Nazis and the French police, the bombings from the Germans, the British and the Americans. He has also researched some little known facts about WWII, such as why Paris wasn't destroyed by the Germans, what did Roosevelt really know about the Holocaust, why did the Allies procrastinate when Hitler showed his intentions to invade other countries and conquer the world. It's not heavy reading and there are many stories with humor, twists and turns, and many illustrations. Click the book cover above to read more.








[book] GERMAN-JEWISH IDENTITIES IN AMERICA
Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons.
November 2003. University of Wisconsin Press.
Changing political, social, and cultural circumstances have led German Jews in America to take on many different identities. These essays examine such varied topics as the relationship between German and Eastern European Jews in America, the development of the B'nai Brith, nineteenth-century Jewish community-building in Chicago, the role of German Jews in the building of modern American show business, and the correlation between date of emigration and language loss among Jews fleeing to America from Nazi Germany. Contributors include historians, theater and literature professors, a linguist, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Click the book cover above to read more.








A HREF=" http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0299193306/sefersafarianonl " target="_blank"> [book] INSIDE A CLASS ACTION
THE HOLOCAUST AND THE SWISS BANKS
by Jane Shapiro.
October 2003. University of Wisconsin Press.
On October 21, 1996, attorney Michael Hausfeld, with a team of lawyers, filed a class-action complaint against Union Bank of Switzerland, Swiss Bank Corporation, and Credit Suisse on behalf of Holocaust victims. The suit accused the banks of, among other things, acting as the chief financiers for Nazi Germany. Hausfeld wanted to use the suit to prove that the banks not only concealed and refused to return millions of dollars in dormant accounts, but that they acted as a conduit for looted assets and slave labor profits. Such behavior, he charged, violated the code of ethics known as customary international law. On August 12, 1998, the plaintiffs and banks reached a $1.25 billion settlement. Through interviews with a wide range of people involved in the case and detailed research of documents and court transcripts, Jane Schapiro shows the ways that egos, personalities, and values clash in such a complex and emotionally charged case. Inside a Class Action provides an insider's view of a major lawsuit from its inception to its conclusion, which will appeal to anyone interested in human rights, reparations, and international law. Click the book cover above to read more.








[book] REFUGE IN HELL
How Berlin's Jewish Hospital Outlasted the Nazis
by Daniel B. Silver
September 2003. Houghton Mifflin.
How did Berlin's Jewish Hospital, in the middle of the Nazi capital, survive as an institution where Jewish doctors and nurses cared for Jewish patients throughout World War II? How could it happen that when Soviet troops liberated the hospital in April 1945, they found some eight hundred Jews still on the premises? Daniel Silver carefully uncovers the often surprising answers to these questions and, through the skillful use of primary source materials and the vivid voices of survivors, reveals the underlying complexities of human conscience. The story centers on the intricate machinations of the hospital's director, Herr Dr. Lustig, a German-born Jew whose life-and-death power over medical staff and patients and finely honed relationship with his own boss, the infamous Adolf Eichmann, provide vital pieces to the puzzle -- some have said the miracle -- of the hospital's survival. Silver illuminates how the tortured shifts in Nazi policy toward intermarriage and so-called racial segregation provided a further, if hugely counterintuitive, shelter from the storm for the hospital's resident Jews. Scenes of daily life in the hospital paint an often heroic and always provocative picture of triage at its most chillingly existential. Not since Schindler's List have we had such a haunting story of the costs and mysteries of individual survival in the midst of a human-created hell. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book] A MATCH MADE IN HELL
THE JEWISH BOY AnD THE POLISH OUTLAW WHO DEFIED THE NAZIS
by LARRY STILLMAN from the testimony of Morris Goldner
Fall 2003. Univ of Wisconsin Press
When Moniek (Morris) Goldner and his family were uprooted from their Polish farming village during a German aktion, the child-sized sixteen-year-old fled into the forests. He eventually met up with his father, who had also escaped, and together they managed to survive until a former friend betrayed the pair. Wounded and left for dead beneath his father's murdered body, Goldner was rescued by the enigmatic outlaw Jan Kopec, who was also in hiding, looking for ways to profit from his criminal expertise. For eighteen months Kopec hid the boy with him, moving from one area to another, often staying in hideouts he had fashioned years earlier. At first Kopec trained Goldner simply to serve as his accomplice in robberies and black market activities. But before long he pushed the training to a whole new level, making it possible for him to sell Goldner's services to a shadowy resistance group which was becoming interested in the daring young saboteur. And through it all, these two disparate personalities-the quiet, small-framed boy and the stocky, callous mercenary-forged an remarkable friendship and co-dependency born of need and desperation in a hellish time and place. Click the book cover above to read more.





[book] Silent Places
Landscapes of Jewish Life and Loss in Eastern Europe
by Jeffrey Gusky, Judith Miller
Spring 2003. Overlook Press.
Silent Places is an indelibly moving collection of photographic images; their melancholy beauty and emotional depth provide a glimpse into the past and into eternity. Jeff Gusky, a doctor of emergency medicine decided, at the age of 42, that he wanted to better confront the reality of modern Jewish history. A self-taught photographer who subsequently learned to make museum quality prints, he "bought a good, journalist-type camera and some lenses" and traveled to Poland-once the home of the largest concentration of Diaspora Jews." He read the instruction manuals on the plane en route. Four trips later, accompanied each time by a top Polish guide, he traveled through the country, beyond the city ghettos and the sites of concentration camps, into remote villages where Jews had lived and worked for almost 1,000 years before the Holocaust-capturing on film the austere landscapes and the remains of a once thriving Jewish culture. The silence is deafening: here are Jewish cemeteries full of broken gravestones, ruined synagogues filled with trash and disfigured with graffiti, a Jewish home now used as a public toilet-"where people lived, walked, worshipped, and were, ultimately, exterminated," says Gusky. The doleful, understated clarity of what he saw and photographed capture a poignant sense of loss-making at the same time, an indelible connection to the past. . Click the book cover to read more.



[book] Hitler's Second Book
by Gerhard L. Weinberg
October 2003. Enigma 10018.
PW writes: "In 1958, while directing the microfilming and organization of a trove of archives that the U.S. forces had taken from the Nazis at the end of WWII, historian Weinberg (A World at Arms) discovered the manuscript of a second book that Hitler had written but never published. The manuscript was published in German in 1961, accompanied by Weinberg's annotations, but this is the first authoritative English version (a pirated and poor translation appeared in the 1960s). The text bears all of Hitler's hallmarks: rambling thoughts, half-baked ideas, pedantic writing-along with a terrifying, sustained belief in war and violence as the means to ensure that Germans would flourish. Compared to Mein Kampf, there are fewer pages devoted to Jews. Nonetheless, what comes across most strongly is Hitler's abiding commitment to the principle of race and his identification of Jews as the enemy that threatened to undo all that Germans had created. Hitler dwells at length on foreign policy, and outlines a strategy of alliance with Fascist Italy and Great Britain. (He actually believed that Britain would accept a German-dominated European continent so long as Germany did not challenge the overseas British empire.) He also foresees an inevitable clash with the United States. This provides solid historical background on Hitler's thinking in the late 1920s, when his party was nothing more than a tiny, radical sect. Weinberg provides helpful notes and a very informative introduction. Click the book cover to read more.



[book] The Last Cemetery in Berlin
A Post-Holocaust Love Story in the Ruins of the Berlin Wall
by Tania Wisbar, John Mahoney
2003.
Holocaust ghosts emerge with their unknown stories as an unexpected byproduct of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of the former East Germany with the West in 1990, adding new dimensions to post-Holocaust literature. Once travel to what was East Germany, formerly a communist country, became possible again and archives sealed since World War II became available, the survivors and heirs of families whose lives and treasures were taken by the Nazis could begin their own personal searches for those lost long ago. Such a person is Lily Weitrek who travels from California in early 1991 to keep a promise to her deceased mother Theresa Weitrek. The promise made was to go and put flowers on Theresa's mother's grave in a place outside Berlin called Weissenssee. To Lily's surprise the small map she follows leads to a Jewish cemetery. Lily learns clue by clue that her mother had built a false personal history for herself and the two infant daughters she had smuggled out of Nazi Germany in 1940. Her mother's second bequest is a property claim for a legendry German shoe factory owned previously by Theresa Weitrek's family that was seized and aryanized by the Nazis in 1933, its owners, Theresa's aunt, uncles and cousins, forced to flee, murdered or dead by suicide. With the help of a Berlin attorney, Wolfgang Schmidt, Lily begins the painstaking search for the history of the aryanization of the factory and for her unknown relatives, victims of Hitler's policies. The newly created German government challenges Lily with old and newly written laws regarding property claims that reach back to the Holocaust. Click the book cover to read more.



[book] THEY'LL HAVE TO CATCH ME FIRST
An Artist's Coming of Age in the Third Reich
By Irene Awret.
June 2003. University of Wisconsin. A founder of the Artists Colony in Tzfat Israel, and now a Virginia resident, this is her memoir of Berlin in 1939, when, as Irene Spicker, she escaped to Belgium, ended up in prison, was freed, hid, worked, was arrested by the Gestapo, and "luckily" ended up in Mechlin instead of Auschwitz. Click to read more.







[book] THE RESCUER'S STORY
PASTOR PIERRE-CHARLES TOURIELLE IN VICHY FRANCE
By TELA ZASLOFF
June 2003. University of Wisconsin. The story of the Heugenot paster who saved Jews and other refugees in Nazi France. This is the story of him and his network of other righteous pastors and congregants. Click to read more.







[book] A CHILDHOOD UNDER HITLER AND STALIN
MEMOIRS OF A "CERTIFIED JEW"
By Michael Wieck (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra), translated by Penny Milbouer
June 2003. University of Wisconsin. A bestseller in Germany, tis is the account of Wieck's childhood in Konigsberg Germany, the son of a Jewish mother and Christian father. Under the nazis, he was a certified Jew, under the Russians, he was a German, and he was interned in the Rothenstein labor camp. Click to read more.









[book] Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics
by Frederic Spotts
October 2002. The opening paragraph and photo powerfully capture Spotts's argument: The Soviet army is soon to launch its final, devastating assault on Berlin; the British and the Americans are about to invade Germany from the west. And there sits Adolf Hitler, gazing longingly at a model of a rebuilt Linz, his hometown, which is slated to become a grandiose symbol of the Thousand-Year Reich. For Spotts, this proves what Hitler himself claimed: that he was at heart never a politician, but an artist. Spotts, who has written an acclaimed study of the Wagner festival at Bayreuth, tries to substantiate his thesis by providing a panorama of Hitler's artistic activities, including his failed career as a painter, the purge of Jews and others from the cultural sphere, and his personal patronage of artists, musicians and architects. According to Spotts, Hitler's essence is to be found in his desire to create an empire in which "true" German art could flourish as never before. Yet Spotts overlooks the fact that Hitler, in megalomaniacal fashion, also claimed mastery of engineering, history and military strategy. His primary focus was arguably not on art, but on the creation of a racial utopia. Art and politics were but two sides of the same, racially minted coin. Spotts provides a lively, encyclopedic account of Hitler and the arts, but a more comprehensive and nuanced portrait of the Fuhrer and the Nazi regime can be found in Ian Kershaw's two-volume biography, which will remain the standard work for many years to come. Click to read more.






[book cover, click me] Hana's Suitcase
by Karen Levine
Spring 2003. Albert Whitman & Co.
Martha Link wrote, "Based on a Canadian Broadcasting radio documentary produced by Levine, this book tells the story of Hana Brady, a girl killed at Auschwitz, and how her suitcase came to be a part of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center. A CD recording of the radio program is available and adds to the impact and power of the book. The story ends on a positive note by ultimately uniting Japanese schoolchildren fascinated by Hana's story with her brother George Brady, the only member of their immediate family to survive the war. The book alternates between past and present, one chapter telling the story of Hana's childhood in the Czechoslovakian resort town of Nove Mesto, and the next relating the experiences of Fumiko Ishioka, a teacher dedicated to educating the children of Japan about the horrors of the Holocaust. Black-and-white photographs of Hana and her family and Ms. Ishioka and her students accompany each chapter. As Hana's narrative draws her to Auschwitz and to the end of her life, Fumiko's story brings her closer to the solution of a puzzle that began with only a suitcase and a name. The narrative moves quickly, though the writing is often oversimplified. One can assume that direct quotes come from the memories of Hana's brother, George Brady, and Fumiko Ishioka, since they were the original narrators of the radio program, but there are no notes to that effect. Unfortunately, the stilted writing and lack of source notes mar an otherwise gripping story of a family's love and a teacher's dedication. An additional purchase for Holocaust collections." Click to read more.






[book] A Moral Reckoning:
The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen,
October 29, 2002. From the internationally renowned author of the best-selling Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust comes this penetrating moral inquiry into the Catholic Church's role in the Holocaust that goes beyond anything previously written on the subject. Goldhagen cuts through the historical and moral fog to lay out the full extent of the Catholic Church's involvement in the Holocaust, transforming a narrow discussion fixated on Pope Pius XII into the long-overdue investigation of the Church throughout Europe. He shows that the Church's and the Pope's complicity in the persecution of the Jews goes much deeper than has been previously understood. The Church's leaders were fully aware of the persecution. They did not speak out and urge resistance. Instead, they supported many aspects of it. Some clergy even took part in the mass murder. But Goldhagen goes further. He develops a precise way to assess the Church and its clergy's culpability, which was more extensive and varied than has been supposed. He then devotes the largest part of the book to proposing a new and fuller understanding of restitution, including moral restitution, and shows that the Church has, even according to its own doctrine, an unacknowledged duty of repair. Click to read more.






[book] THE POLITICS OF HATE
ANTI-SEMITISM, HISTORY, AND THE HOLOCAUST IN MODERN EUROPE
by JOHN WEISS, Professor, Lehman College
April 2003. Ivan R Dee Publishing. A survey of the political culture in Europe that laid the groundwork for the Nazi atrocities. Professor Weiss shoes how anti_semitism and racism developed as a major element in European political processes. He focuses on Germany, Austria, Poland, and France. Click to read more.






[book cover, click me] HOLOCAUST JUSTICE
THE BATTLE FOR RESTITUTION IN AMERICA'S COURTS
by Michael J. Bazyler, Whittier Law
April 2003. NYU Press. A study of American court cases by victims of Nazi thefts. Bazyler tells the story of unacknowledged bank accounts, slave labor, unpaid pre-war insurance policies, looted art, and of the human and legal dramas involved in the struggles for restitution. Significantly, he brings the often-forgotten voices of Holocaust survivors to the forefront. He discusses the morality of Holocaust restitution, the debate over how funds should be distributed, and the claims, by some, that efforts to receive monetary redress diminishes the memory of the Holocaust. Click to read more.







[book] THE RESCUER'S STORY
PASTOR PIERRE-CHARLES TOURIELLE IN VICHY FRANCE
By TELA ZASLOFF
June 2003. University of Wisconsin. The story of the Heugenot paster who saved Jews and other refugees in Nazi France. This is the story of him and his network of other righteous pastors and congregants. Click to read more.






[book] A CHILDHOOD UNDER HITLER AND STALIN
MEMOIRS OF A "CERTIFIED JEW"
By Michael Wieck (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra), translated by Penny Milbouer
June 2003. University of Wisconsin. A bestseller in Germany, tis is the account of Wieck's childhood in Konigsberg Germany, the son of a Jewish mother and Christian father. Under the nazis, he was a certified Jew, under the Russians, he was a German, and he was interned in the Rothenstein labor camp. Click to read more.







[book] The BIELSKI BROTHERS
In the Woods, We Were Free: The True Story of the Bielskis, Three Brothers Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews, and Built a Village in the Forest
by PETER DUFFY
July 2003. HarperCollins. After witnessing the murder of their parents and 2 siblings, Asael, Tuvia, and Zus Bielski fled into the forest and spread the word that there was a haven in the woods. Over time, 1200 Jews were saved by living with them in the forest. There was a temple, a bathhouse, a store, and even a theater in the woods. For 2 and a half years they eluded the Nazis and death. This is their story. Click to read more.






[book] Drohobycz, Drohobycz and Other Stories:
True Tales from the Holocaust and Life After
by Henryk Grynberg

Fall 2002. What happens when art, fiction, and film replace the actual stories of Shoah survivors? Grynberg shows you can write fiction and still have an impact. One of our most highly regarded Polish writers, Henryk Grynberg, here delivers thirteen authentic tales of the Holocaust, including the riveting title story, which reconstructs the assassination of the celebrated writer and artist Bruno Schulz. In each of these stories, it is not only the devastation of the Holocaust that resonates so clearly, but also the trauma that endures among its victims and survivors today. Going beyond individual crime and punishment, Grynberg explores collective guilt and the impunity of the twentieth century's two most genocidal political systems-Nazi Germany and Stalinist Soviet Union-in a profound investigation of bravery, baseness, and vulnerability. Click to read more.







[book] WHAT I SAW
REPORTS FROM BERLIN, 1920-1933.
By Joseph Roth (Moses Joseph Roth)
Translated by Michael Hoffman
January 2003. Norton. In 1920, Joseph Roth, the most renowned German correspondent of his age, arrived in Berlin, the capital of the Weimar Republic. He produced a series of impressionistic and political essays that influenced an entire generation of writers, including Thomas Mann and the young Christopher Isherwood. Translated and collected here for the first time, these pieces record the violent social and political paroxysms that constantly threatened to undo the fragile democracy that was the Weimar Republic. Roth, like no other German writer of his time, ventured beyond Berlin's official veneer to the heart of the city, chronicling the lives of its forgotten inhabitants: the war cripples, the Jewish immigrants from the Pale, the criminals, the bathhouse denizens, and the nameless dead who filled the morgues. He saw all the dives, 24 hour steam baths, and low-in-demand whores (Isherwood saw cabarets). Warning early on of the dangers posed by the Nazis, Roth evoked a landscape of moral bankruptcy and debauched beauty-a memorable portrait of a city and a time of commingled hope and chaos. Click to read more.







[book] SECRET CITY. The Hidden Jews of Warsaw, 1940-1945
by Gunnar S. Paulsson, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
January 2003. Yale. A study of the 28,000 Jews who hid from the Warsaw Ghetto. They lived in a "secret city." (470,000 of Warsaw's Jews were killed in the War). A new perspective on escape versus rebellion. Includes those Jews who his, and those Jews who were able to pass but were sent to workcamps for Poles. Gunnar S. Paulsson shows that after the 1942 deportations nearly a quarter of the ghetto's remaining Jews managed to escape. Once in hiding, connected by elaborate networks of which Poles, Germans, and the Jews themselves were largely unaware, they formed what can aptly be called a secret city. Paulsson challenges many established assumptions. He shows that despite appalling difficulties and dangers, many of these Jews survived; that the much-reviled German, Polish, and Jewish policemen, as well as Jewish converts and their families, were key in helping Jews escape; that though many more Poles helped than harmed the Jews, most stayed neutral; and that escape and hiding happened spontaneously, without much help from either the Polish or the Jewish underground. He suggests that the Jewish leadership was wrong to dismiss the possibility of escape, staking everything on a hopeless uprising. Paulsson's engrossing book offers a new perspective on Jewish honor and Holocaust history. Click to read more.







[book] The Righteous
The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust
by Sir Martin Gilbert (Author)
February 4, 2003. The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust Drawing from 25 years of original research, Sir Martin Gilbert recreates the remarkable stories of non-Jews who risked their lives to help Jews during the Holocaust According to Jewish tradition, "Whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world." Non-Jews who helped save Jewish lives during World War II are designated Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust archive in Jerusalem. In The Righteous, distinguished historian Sir Martin Gilbert, through extensive interviews, explores the courage of those who-throughout Germany and in every occupied country from Norway to Greece, from the Atlantic to the Baltic-took incredible risks to help Jews whose fate would have been sealed without them. Indeed, many lost their lives for their efforts. Those who hid Jews included priests, nurses, teachers, neighbors and friends, employees and colleagues, soldiers and diplomats, and, above all, ordinary citizens. From Greek Orthodox Princess Alice of Greece, who hid Jews in her home in Athens, to the Ukrainian Uniate Archbishop of Lvov, who hid hundreds of Jews in his churches and monasteries, to Muslims in Bosnia and Albania, many risked, and lost, everything to help their fellow man. Click to read more.







[book] HIDDEN
A SISTER AND BROTHER IN NAZI POLAND
by FAY (ROSEN) WALKER (Deerfield Beach) AND LEO ROSEN (Monroe Twnshp, NJ and Boca) with Carren S. Neile
September 2002. Univ of Wisconsin Press. Faiga and Luzer Rosenbluth (Fay and Leo Rosen) were kids in Kanczuga Poland. Before the SS rounded up the Jews in town, they went into hiding. In alternating narratives, they recount their DIFFERENT but LINKED experiences. Faiga wandered as a peasant for 2 years, while Luzer hid in a barn. They were helped by righteous Poles, and feared the neighbors. And after the war, they were still not safe from some neighbors. A coming of age story set during the war. Click to read more.







[book] HOLOCAUST
A HISTORY
by DEBORAH DWORK (Clark) and ROBERT JAN VAN PELT (Waterloo)
September 2002. Norton. A magisterial, dramatic account that reshapes the way we think and talk about the greatest crime in history. Unrivaled in reach and scope, Holocaust illuminates the long march of events, from the Middle Ages to the modern era, which led to this great atrocity. It is a story of all Europe, of Nazis and their allies, the experience of wartime occupation, the suffering and strategies of marked victims, the failure of international rescue, and the success of individual rescuers. It alone in Holocaust literature negotiates the chasm between the two histories, that of the perpetrators and of the victims and their families, shining new light on German actions and Jewish reactions. No other book in any language has so embraced this multifaceted story. Holocaust uniquely makes use of oral histories recorded by the authors over fifteen years across Europe and the United States, as well as never-before-analyzed archival documents, letters, and diaries; it contains in addition seventy-five illustrations and sixteen original maps, each accompanied by an extended caption. This book is an original analysis of a defining event and it destroys lots of myths, like the one about the King of Denmark donning a Jewish star in solidarity with Jews. Click to read more.







[book] FOUND: HITLER'S JEWISH OLYMPIAN
The Helene Mayer Story
by Millie Mogulof

September 2002. RdrBooks.com. A biography of "the Golden He," Helene Mayer (1911-1953), born to a Jewish father and Christian mother in Offenbach, one of the greatest fencers of the 20th Century, a three time world champion and a recipient of a gold medal at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam for Germany. Sadly, she was no poster child. She defended Germany prior to the war, gave a Hitler salute in 1936, and never spoke out about the treatment of Jews until after the war (although maybe she feared for her family who were left in Germany), even though she was thrown out of her fencing club since her father was Jewish.







[book] SAFE AMONG THE GERMANS. LIBERATED JEWS AFTER WORLD WAR II
by Ruth Gay
September 2002. Yale University Press. As Gay writes, after the war, the last flowering of Polish Jewry took place in the DP camps on German soil. This is the story of the Jews who tried to recreate their lives after WWII in Germany, and then the tens of thousands of Eastern European Jews who fled the former USSR in the 1990's and recreated and regenerate "German Jewry," from Hasidim to liberal Reform feminists. After the war, 1500 Jews were killed in attacks between 1945-1947, and by 1950, 20,000 Jews remained in Germany (8,000 were native born German Jews). The community, after the fall of the USSR now number 100,000. Click to read more.







[book] AWAKENING LIVES. Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust
Edited by Jeffrey Shandler, with an intro by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, et.al.
September 2002. Yale University Press. The autobiographies of 9 male and 6 female authors, written in the 1930's, were selected for this volume from the hundreds stored at YIVO. Click to read more.







[book] WORDS TO OUTLIVE US
Eyewitness Accounts from the Warsaw Ghetto
by Michal Grynberg (Editor)
October 2002. The story of the Warsaw Ghetto told through twenty-eight (or 29) never-before-published accounts -- a precious and historic find. In the history of the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto stands as the enduring symbol of Jewish suffering and heroism. This collective memoir -- a mosaic (Zionists, secularists, traditionalists, socialists, communists) of individual diaries, journals, and accounts -- follows the fate of the Warsaw Jews from the first bombardments of the Polish capital to the razing of the Jewish district (1940-1943). The life of the ghetto appears here in striking detail: the frantic exchange of apartments as the walls first go up; the daily battle against starvation and disease; the stifling heat and dirt and stench; the moral ambiguities confronting Jewish bureaucracies under Nazi rule; the ingenuity of smugglers; and the acts of resistance. Written inside the ghetto or in hiding outside its walls, these extraordinary testimonies preserve voices otherwise consigned to oblivion: a woman doctor whose four-year-old son is deemed a threat to the hideout; a painter determined to complete his mural of Job and his trials; Helena Midler's satirical BUNKER WEEKLY; a ten-year-old girl barely eluding blackmailers on the Aryan side of the city. Only 1% (or 5,000) of the 500,000 Jews sent to the Ghetto survived the war. Click to read more.







[book] The Pity of It All: A History of the Jews in Germany, 1743-1933
by Amos Elon
November 2002. Metropolitan. From an acclaimed historian and social critic, a passionate and poignant history of German Jews from the mid-eighteenth century to the eve of the Third Reich As it's usually told, the story of the German Jews starts at the end, with their tragic demise in Hitler's Third Reich. Now, in this important work of historical restoration, Amos Elon takes us back to the beginning, chronicling a period of achievement and integration that at its peak produced a golden age second only to the Renaissance. Writing with a novelist's eye, Elon shows how a persecuted clan of cattle dealers and wandering peddlers was transformed into a stunningly successful community of writers, philosophers, scientists, tycoons, and activists. He peoples his account with dramatic figures: Moses Mendelssohn, who entered Berlin in 1743 through the gate reserved for Jews and cattle, and went on to become "the German Socrates"; Heinrich Heine, beloved lyric poet who famously referred to baptism as the admission ticket to European culture; Hannah Arendt, whose flight from Berlin signaled the end of the German-Jewish idyll. Elon traces how this minority-never more than one percent of the population-came to be perceived as a deadly threat to national integrity, and he movingly demonstrates that this devastating outcome was uncertain almost until the end. A collective biography, full of depth and compassion, The Pity of It All summons up a splendid world and a dream of integration and tolerance that, despite all, remains the essential ennobling project of modernity. 50 b&w illustrations Click to read more.







[book] THE HOLOCAUST ENCYCLOPEDIA.
Edited by Walter Laqueur
April 19, 2001 (Holocaust Remembrance Day) YALE UNIVERSITY Press.
816 pages. Includes 250 illustrations, 19 maps, and a 17 page chronology of major events, and photos by Adam Kaczkowski. MORE THAN 100 contributors distill research and history on the Shoah for the reader. Includes essays by Robert Rozett (Yad vashem library); James Young, Stanley Payne Marrus, Hilberg, Israel Gutman, Saul Friendlander, Cesarani, Capri, and Browning. The volume includes: Raul Hilberg on concentration camps and Gypsies; Ruth Bondy, Israel Gutman, and Dina Porat on major ghettoes; Roger Greenspun on the Holocaust in cinema and television; Richard Breitman on American policy; Michael Berenbaum on theological and philosophical responses; Saul Friedländer on Nazi policy; Michael Hagemeister on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion; Michael R. Marrus on historiography; Christopher R. Browning on the Madagascar Plan; Robert S. Wistrich on Holocaust denial; and James E. Young on Holocaust literature.





[book] Hitler's Jewish Soldiers
The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military
Bryan Mark Rigg

May 2002. Kansas Press. 500+ pages.
Dr. Rigg is a graduate of Yale and Cambridge, was a Marine, and was a volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces. He is currently a teacher at a U.S. Dept of Defense college. Raised as a Protestant in the Texas Bible Belt, Bryan Mark Rigg was surprised to learn of his own Jewish ancestry while researching his family tree in Germany. This revelation, as well as a chance encounter with a Jewish veteran of the Wehrmacht at a Berlin screening of Europa Europa, roused him to embark on a decade of research while a student first at Yale University and later at Cambridge University. For this book, he interviewed 400 partial Jews who served for Germany. His research is housed in Freiberg. Although earning trust was often challenging and some men refused to speak with Bryan, he also encountered many who were grateful for the opportunity at last to discuss this part of their lives in war. In some cases the men's families knew little or nothing of their hidden religious heritage. In a 1996 London Telegraph article concerning his research efforts, Bryan described these men who are at the heart of his work: "They don't know where they stand. There is no place for them to tell their story. No one thought it was an issue, and neither side wants to claim them."
On the murderous road to "racial purity" Hitler encountered unexpected detours, largely due to his own crazed views and inconsistent policies regarding Jewish identity. After centuries of Jewish assimilation and intermarriage in German society, he discovered that eliminating Jews from the rest of the population was more difficult than he'd anticipated. As Bryan Mark Rigg shows in this provocative new study, nowhere was that heinous process more fraught with contradiction and confusion than in the German military. Contrary to conventional views, Rigg reveals that a startlingly large number of German military men were classified by the Nazis as Jews or "partial-Jews" (Mischlinge, as in fomer Chancellor Helmut Schmidt who served in the Luftwaffe and had a Jewish heritage), in the wake of racial laws first enacted in the mid-1930s. Rigg demonstrates that the actual number was much higher than previously thought--perhaps as many as 150,000 men, including decorated veterans and high-ranking officers, even generals and admirals. As Rigg fully documents for the first time, a great many of these men did not even consider themselves Jewish and had embraced the military as a way of life and as devoted patriots eager to serve a revived German nation. In turn, they had been embraced by the Wehrmacht, which prior to Hitler had given little thought to the "race" of these men but which was now forced to look deeply into the ancestry of its soldiers. The process of investigation and removal, however, was marred by a highly inconsistent application of Nazi law. Numerous "exemptions" were made in order to allow a soldier to stay within the ranks or to spare a soldier's parent, spouse, or other relative from incarceration or far worse. (Hitler's own signature can be found on many of these "exemption" orders.) But as the war dragged on, Nazi politics came to trump military logic, even in the face of the Wehrmacht's growing manpower needs, closing legal loopholes and making it virtually impossible for these soldiers to escape the fate of millions of other victims of the Third Reich. Based on a deep and wide-ranging research in archival and secondary sources, as well as extensive interviews with more than four hundred Mischlinge and their relatives, Rigg's study breaks truly new ground in a crowded field and shows from yet another angle the extremely flawed, dishonest, demeaning, and tragic essence of Hitler's rule.






[book cover] Masters of Death : The Ss-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes
May 2002. A major contribution to the history of the Holocaust from the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. In Masters of Death, Richard Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the part played by the Einsatzgruppen, the professional killing squads deployed in Poland and the Soviet Union, early in World War II, by Himmler's SS. And he shows how these squads were utilized as the Nazis made two separate plans for dealing with the civilian populations they wanted to destroy. The first plan, initiated in July 1941, condemned the Jews of eastern Europe to slaughter by the Einsatzgruppen, who went on to execute 1.5 million men, women and children between 1941 and 1943 by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar, massive crimes that have been underestimated or overlooked by Holocaust historians. Rhodes documents the organizing and carrying out of this program and introduces the professional men, economists, architects, lawyers, who were the program's commanders and officers, as well as the ordinary men who did most of the actual killing. The second plan, initiated in December 1941, was directed at the Jews of western Europe. By then, Rhodes shows, the face-to-face killing of hundreds of thousands had so brutalized the SS that even Himmler was shocked into ordering the development of a less personal means of murder the notorious gas chambers and crematoria of the Holocaust's second wave. Rhodes shows, further, that Hitler and Himmler intended the Jews to be only their first victims; their plan was to open up Russia to German colonization by destroying more than 30 million Slavs and members of other ethnic groups. Drawing on Nuremberg Tribunal documents largely ignored until now, and on newly available material from eyewitnesses and survivors, Richard Rhodes has given us a book that is essential reading on the Holocaust and World War II.







[book cover, click here] IN LANDS NOT MY OWN: A Wartime Journey
By Reuben Ainsztein

Random House April 2002. 230 pages. Ainsztein, who died in 1981, was the author of The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt and Jewish Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Eastern Europe. An interesting autobiography of his life before and during WWII. His life in Poland and Beligium before the war, his escape to Spain, and then to England where he fought with the RAF instead of the Polish exiled armed forces. Documents the hate of Poles towards Jews, like the time, while interned in Spain during the War, he heard his fellow Polish prisoners applaud when they heard how many Jews were being killed by the Germans.







[CD cover, click here] Beyond Recall:
A Record of Jewish Musical Life in Nazi Berlin, 1933-1938
Various artists

January 22, 2002. Bear Family
A 400+ page book in addition to 14 hours of music over 11 CD's, mades from 78's featuring members of the Jewish Cultural Organization - Judische Kulturbund, the only legal employer of Jewish musicians under Nazi rules, where they could only perform to Jewish audiences (since Jews couldn't play for non-Jews, and Jews weren't allowed into Aryan concert halls. .
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[book cover, click here] Between Galicia and Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov
by Melody Amsel

Between Galicia and Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov A beautifully written yizkor (memorial) book about the Jews of Stropkov, Slovak Republic. Ms. Amsel not only memorializes the Amsels of Stropkov, but all the Jews of Stropkov. The book has some unusual features. It is written in two languages: Hebrew and English, each a mirror of the other. It does not have a necrology--a list of those who were killed. Instead, it lists all the Jews of Stropkov (and neighboring communities), identifying the survivors in bold face. Of the more than 2,000 Stropkovers identified, only 162 survived the Holocaust. Published by Avotaynu, Inc. The author adds, "This tale of the Jews of Stropkov is more than a history, more than a memorial; it could be the story of any of the small villages that dot rural Slovakia. In it are fascinating glimpses of day-to-day life of the community through the centuries, describing its holidays,its storekeepers,religious leaders,tavernkeepers...in it,we see housewives stuffing feather pillows,children frolicking in new-fallen snow,teenagers socializing over peppered chickpeas and soda-water,farmers threshing grain.... Everything changes as the Holocaust nears. This book also contains over 100 photographs,including several of an actual transport snapped by an enterprising Christian photographer."







[book cover, click here] NUREMBERG. THE RECKONING
By William F Buckley, Jr

June 2002. A review of the trials by America's major pundit.









[book cover, click here] THE VICTIM'S FORTUNE. Inside the Epic Battle over the Debts of the Holocaust
By John Authors and Richard Wolffe (The Financial Times)

June 2002. Harper Collins. The history from 1995 on the battle for compensation for survivors.









[book cover, click here] ARYANIZATION IN HAMBURG. The Economic Exclusion of Jews and The Confiscation of Their Property in Nazi Germany
By Frank Bajohr, University of Hamburg

Bergahnbooks.com, 2001. 350 pages. The story of how ordinary Germans participated in the economic exclusion of Jews in Hamburg, as well as "anti Semitism from below" and from above, personal strategies, deJudaisation, liquidating enterprises, and the race for personal enrichment.







[book cover, click here] ISRAEL AND THE DAUGHTERS OF THE SHOAH. Reoccupying the Territories of Silence
By Ronit Lentin, Trinity College, Dublin

Bergahnbooks.com, 2001. The personal narratives of nine Israeli daughters of Shoah survivors, combined with a feminist rereading of official and unofficial Israeli and Zionist discourses to explore the way in which the relationship between Israel and the Shoah has been gendered in male and female terms. A study of the use and misuse of Shoah discourse.







[book] The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution : A Reconsideration
by Mark Roseman Univ of SouthHampton UK
May 2002. In early 1947, American officials in Germany stumbled across a document. Entitled "Secret Reich matter," it summarized the results of a meeting of top Nazi officials that took place on January 20, 1942, in a grand villa on the shore of Berlin's Lake Wannsee. On one level, this document offered clarity: known as the Wannsee Protocol (and included here in full), it tallied up the Jews in Europe, carefully classified half and quarter Jews, and above all laid the groundwork for a "final solution to the Jewish Question." Yet the Protocol, among the most shameful documents in history, remains deeply mysterious. How can we understand this businesslike discussion of genocide? And why was the meeting necessary? Hundreds of thousands of Jews had already been shot in Russia or gassed in the camp at Chelmno. Test murders had been carried out in Auschwitz. Indeed, the most remarkable thing about the Wannsee Conference, is that we do not know why it took place. This book contains the actual minutes from the meeting. Roseman states they met to REVIEW the plans to DEPORT the Jews to the East, needing to kill them so that no REMNANT or germ cell would exist that could regenerate the Jewish people..






[book] RESCUING THE CHILDREN. A Holocaust Memoir
By Vivette Samuel
Wisconsin Press. THE OSE (Euvre de secours aux enfants) saved thousands of Jewish children. Vivette Samuel was one of the women who ran the OSe and saved the children. This is her story.






[book] SILVIE by Silvia Grohs-Martin
Hardcover - 320 pages. She is one of the four people profiled in the Spielberg film, EYEWITNESS, SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST (see Jewishfilm.com for more information) Autobiography of life in Vienna and Amsterdam, life on stage, survival at Malin, Auschwitz, Ravensbruck concentration camps. Additionally, a fascinating story of the life of women at death camps. Recommended by Steven Spielberg and Iris Rainer Dart. A remarkable woman who saved lives.
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[book] Jewish Exile in India 1933-1945. by Anil Bhatti and Johannes H. Voigt (Editors)
Hardcover - 195 pages (January 1999) The story of living out WWII in India. A story of cultural adaptation.


[book] RETHINKING THE HOLOCAUST by Yehudah Bauer (director of Yad Vashen research).
Yale University Press. January 2001. A rethinking of Holocaust history and meaning, its comparison to other genocides, its effects on theology, its relationship to the founding of the State of Israel, and Jewish reactions to the murder campaigns.
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[book] We Were in Auschwitz
by Janusz Nel Siedlecki, Krystyn Olszewski, Tadeusz Borowski. Translated from Polish by Alicia Nitecki

Hardcover - 212 pages (June 2000). Survivors did not triumph, they were just lucky or resourceful... Since there is no description at this time for this book, let me add one. In 1945, three Polish survivors of Auschwitz (non-Jewish political prisoners) wrote their memories. These are graphic, unsparing memories that are fresh, since they were written right after liberation. They honestly discuss the inhumane, unspeakable conditions of starvation and daily deaths, and even murders among prisoners (kapos). This is the first time this book has ever been translated into English. in 1951, Tadeusz Borowski (#119198) previously authored a collection of memories in "This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentleman". He then committed suicide. This is an essential addition to anyone interested in Holocaust studies, but be warned that it is devastating. By the way, Janusz Nel Siedlecki was Number 6643, and Krystyn Olszewski was Number 7587
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[book] The Bombing of Auschwitz : Should the Allies Have Attempted It by Michael J, Neufeld (Editor), Michael Berenbaum (Editor)
Hardcover - 352 pages (Summer 2000) St Martins Press. In essays by 15 World War II and Holocaust historians, including Martin Gilbert, Walter Laqueur, and Deborah Lipstadt, all sides of the debate are presented. The contributors are divided over the answers to several basic questions, including What was known about the Holocaust? When was it known? And by whom? Was bombing feasible? In an introduction, Neufield concludes that it is fair to say that Auschwitz II Birkenau could have been bombed by the same U.S. planes that were bombing I. G. Farben-Monowitz but that bombing of the railroad "seems likely to have been a failure under any circumstances." Forty pages of original documents are reproduced, appealing to the American and British governments to bomb the concentration camp.
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[book] In My Brother's Image : Twin Brothers Separated by Faith After the Holocaust by Eugene Pogany
Hardcover - 352 pages (September 28, 2000) Viking Press. Eugene Pogany is a Boston based clinical psychologist. His father and uncle were identical twins, born to Jewish parents in Hungary. But they were raised a Catholic converts prior to WWII. The conversion did not save them from the death camps. Their mother died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, clutching her crucifix. Miklos (the author's father) was sent to Bergen Belsen. He returned to Judaism in the camps and even secretly celebrated Pesach. He survived. Gyorgy, the author's uncle, became a Catholic priest and monsignor, and was sheltered during the war in an Italian monastery. After the war, the brothers emigrated to america and lived only a few miles from each other. Yet they clung to their estrangement, each blaming the other as a traitor to the family religious tradition. Only after his Uncle Gyorgy's death did Eugene learn the full story from his father, and his Aunt in Australia. This is a profound story of family, survival, and Hungarian Catholic and Jewish history.
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[book] JOURNAL 1935-1944 The Fascist Years. By Mihail Sebastian. Translated by Patrick Camiller
Hardcover - 672 pages 1 edition (October 1, 2000) The diaries of a noted Jewish intellectual, the Romanian Jews, Mihail Sebastian (born Iosef Hechter), living in Europe's most anti-Semitic country (they killed 300,000 Jews by August 1942 without any assistance from the Germans). A mentee of Ionescu (a vile anti-Semite, and supporter of the Iron Guard). He took the name of one of Proust's characters. Be strong. The diary gets better in the middle and end. By the way, this is not a spoiler, but Sebastian was killed by a truck while crossing the street in Bucharest in May 1945, just after Romania was liberated by the USSR
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[bookcover] The Parnas: A Scene from the Holocaust by Silvano Arieti, with an updated forward by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
Paperback - 160 pages (March 2000). Silvano Arieti (1914-1981) is one of my favorite authors. Read his book on CREATIVITY and your life will be changed. Arieti escaped Pisa, Italy and came to New York in 1939 where he became a famous psychoanalyst. In 1979, he wrote this book on Giuseppe Pardo Roques, the lay leader (Parnas) of Pisa's Sephardic Jewish community. Roques was murdered by the Nazi's in 1944. This literary story is part fact and fiction; Arieti recreates Roques', the community's Parnas' last days. In reading the book, we learn of the history of Pisa's Jewish community, and Roques' fears, and the debates he may have had with the community's leaders over the coming Nazi threat. As the Germans get closer, the topics range from mental illness, from which the Parnas suffered, to metaphysics to ethics. When this book was published in 1979, The New York Times hailed it as one of the Year's best books. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture by James E. Young, Professor of English and Judaic Studies, Umass-Amherst
Hardcover - 256 pages (June 2000) Yale University Press. The only Jewish member of the Holocaust memorial commission in Germany, Young, an acclaimed expert on Holocaust memorials, analyzes the Holocaust in art imagery and memorial spaces and negative spaces. . Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[book] A Survivor's Haggadah by Yosef Dov Sheinson and Saul Touster (Editor). Woodcuts by Miklos Adler
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY (March 2000). At a DP (displaced persons) Camp in Munchen (Munich) Germany, a year after the end of WWII, a seder was held. It was a year after liberation from the Nazi death camps. A unique haggadah was used, and then forgotten. This is a recreation of that haggadah that was rediscovered in 1996, that was filled with disturbing woodcuts. In addition to the standard haggadah, personal lines were inserted, such as in addition to being slaves to Pharoah in Egypt, "we were slaves to Hitler in Germany." The heart of the work was not created by a group or organization but by one dedicated man, Lithuanian teacher and writer Yosef Dov Sheinson, who not only wrote the haggadah but also designed it. Brandeis Emeritus Professor Saul Touster provides not only the history behind this haggadah but also an incisive commentary that reveals the startling emotional depth the words and illustrations possess. A collectors item, for sure.
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[bookcover] Himmler's Jewish Tailor: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Jacob Frank (Religion, Theology and the Holocaust) by Jacob Frank, Mark Lewis
Hardcover - 320 pages (February 2000). Jacob Frank, 87, born in Lublin, survived half a decade in labor camps, including Lipowa, Majdanek, and Dachau. He witnessed the destruction of the Lublin ghetto. At one work camp, he supervised the tailoring of leather coats for the Nazi elite, Himmler, and Eichmann. This is his story. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] Denying History : Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened & Why Do They Say It? by Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman
University of California Press. June 2000. America's foremost SKEPTIC thoroughly analyzes who the deniers are and what methods they employ. What are their motivations. Why do they attack history? A must read for anyone interested in the Shoah, true revisionism, and the pseudohistorical deniers.
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[bookcover] The Holocaust Chronicle by John Roth Ph.D.
Hardcover - 768 pages (June 2000). Foreward by Dr Michael Berebaum. So much data. An excellent resource. FOR AN EXTENSIVE REVIEW, CLICK.
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[bookcover] Nazi Policy, Jewish Labor, German Killers by Christopher R. Browning
March 2000. Cambridge University Press. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] Strange Haven : A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Shanghai by Sigmund Tobias
Hardcover - 192 pages (May 1999) Univ of Illinois Press. The history in this memoir is astonishing. Driven from Germany by the Nazis, Tobias was six years old in 1938 when he and his family found refuge with 17,000 other European Jews in a part of Shanghai under Japanese occupation. His quiet personal recollection describes how they got there and what their daily life was like during the next nine years, until at the age of 15, he left for the U.S. Most bizarre is the account of being a religious yeshiva seminary student, no different from if he were living in a Polish shtetl. Without being cute, Tobias (now an eminent professor of educational psychology) stays true to the refugee child's experience. The Chinese are just background color--ill-treated by the Japanese but in a world apart. There are no heroics. What's important is Tobias' bar mitzvah. Daily prayers and rituals and scholarly discussion order his life--until the news of the Holocaust reaches Shanghai, and he has a crisis of faith. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] My Secret Camera : Life in the Lodz Ghetto by Mendel Grossman (Photographer), Frank Dabba Smith
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover - 40 pages (May 2000). With a camera hidden under his raincoat, Grossman secretly photographed life in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. He was a photographer for the ghetto administration, so he had access and status. He distributed some of the prints and hid the negatives in the walls of his room. He died on a forced march in Germany in 1945, but his close friend saved some of the photos, which are now in a museum exhibit in Israel. Sixteen of his stirring full-page, black-and-white photos are included here, with brief text contributed by Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith opposite each photo. ACTUALLY, YOU MAY BE BETTER OFF JUSTLOOKING AT THE PICS and throwing away the text, which is fictionalized and undermines the whole process. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] A Special Fate : Chiune Sugihara : Hero of the Holocaust by Alison Leslie Gold
Reading level: Ages 9-12
School & Library Binding - 208 pages (April 2000). Did you know that there are over 40,000 descendents of the people the Sugihara saved?? Chiune Sugihara, Japanese consul in Lithuania, defied his government and personally wrote transit visas for about 6,000 desperate Jewish refugees, visas that allowed them to travel across Russia and escape the Nazis. THIS IS HIS STORY OF COURAGE. By Alison Gold, the author of two books on Anne Frank. The prose is a bit curious, but its worth the read. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] The Roots of Nazi Psychology by Jay Gonen
University of Ky Press. 240 pages, April 2000. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] Remnants of Auschwitz : The Witness and the Archive by Giorgio Agamben (University of Verona), Daniel Heller-Roazen (Translator)
Hardcover - 176 pages (February 2000) MIT Press. A philosophical study of the testimony of Auschwitz survivors. Professor Agamben writes, ""In its form, this book is a kind of perpetual commentary on testimony. It did not seem possible to proceed otherwise. At a certain point, it became clear that testimony contained at its core an essential lacuna; in other words, the survivors bore witness to something it is impossible to bear witness to. As a consequence, commenting on survivors' testimony necessarily meant interrogating this lacuna or, more precisely, attempting to listen to it. Listening to something absent did not prove fruitless work for this author. Above all, it made it necessary to clear away almost all the doctrines that, since Auschwitz, have been advanced in the name of ethics." Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] Hitler's Exiles: Personal Stories of the Flight from Nazi Germany to America by Mark M. Anderson (Editor)
NOW IN PAPERBACK - 384 pages (May 2000). A 1998 Los Angeles Times Book of the Year: the vivid and moving composite portrait of the historic migration of German-speaking refugees from Hitler. Hitler's Exiles is at once a moving human document and a new classic of the literature of exile. About 50 first-person accounts of the flight from Hitler's Germany to America, many published for the first time. From forgotten archives and obscure published sources, Hitler's Exiles recaptures the unknown voices of that perilous time by focusing on the ordinary people who underwent a most extraordinary voyage. Anderson also includes little-known writings by such major figures as Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt, and Bertolt Brecht. A new preface written for this paperback edition discusses the outpouring of emotion and memory the book has generated, and includes several moving letters from relatives of those in the book. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover click me] Einstein's German World by Fritz Richard Stern
Hardcover Princeton Univ Press. Fritz Stern, America's eminent German Historian provides this collection of essays in the pre War period. Stern is the godson of Fritz Haber, the Jewish German chemist who converted to Christianity and was a supporter of the German military during WW One. Haber was a friend of Einstein, who stood in direct conflict with Einstein's pacifism and hate of militarism. Both Haber and Einstein were forced to flee Germany after the Nazi's gained power. Haber died with a year of fleeing. This is in the enlightening first essay. Another essay rails against Daniel Goldhagen's book, Hitlers Willing Executioners." Other essays include discussions on Paul Ehrlich the microbiologist and the physicist, Max Planck. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[book] Destined to Witness : Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany by Hans J. Massaquoi
Hardcover - 384 pages (November 1999) William Morrow. Hans Massaquoi, a former managing editor at EBONY magazine, grew up in Nazi Germany as a black man. It's rather hard to hide out and impersonate an Aryan when you are of mixed race. The son of a well-to-do Liberian and a white German nurse, Hans lived a privileged toddler's life befitting the grandson of a diplomat. Hans and his mother become part of Hamburg's poor working class when his father returned to Liberia. For twelve agonizing years following Hitler's rise to power, Hans, like all non-Aryans, was dehumanized and devalued by the Nazis. Living in constant fear of death, by either the Gestapo executioners or Allied bombs, Hans's existence became increasingly precarious until liberation by British troops in 1945. What sets Hans's story apart from other memoirs of the Holocaust era is that his high visibility made him an easily recognizable target, stranded without the comfort of a racial community of any sort. Click to read more.
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[bookcover click me] Nazi Terror : The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans by Eric A. Johnson
Hardcover - 600 pages (January 2000) Basic Books. Johnson, former Princeton IAS member, and Central Michigan professor challenges Goldhagen and Arendt, and presents this highly detailed history of the SS and the Jews, the Roma, religious leaders, political opponents, Communists, mentally ill, Sinti, trade unionists, and socialists, its effects on Germans, Germany, and humanity. Ordinary Germans accomodated themselves to the War and "ignored" the BBC reports of atrocities, and the Gestapo was, contrary to Goldhagen, not too ordinary. Click to read more.
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[bookcover click me] The Cap : The Price of a Life by Roman Frister, Hillel Halkin (Translator)
Hardcover - 384 pages (February 2000). In this critically acclaimed extremely detailed memoir by Roman Frister, an Israeli journalist, we find him obsessed with a piece of bread while his father dies of starvation. At Plaszow death camp, Frister watches Wilhelm Kunde of the SS-Gestapo kill Frister's mother by hand. We find Frister at Auschwitz, walking in a daze like a cow in the marketplace, not knowing that the slaughterhouse awaits him, living only for the next minute or day, not thinking of a future. The air is heavy with death, and the mechanized process of death makes prisoner and guard alike numb to all morality. Were survivors numb, or just Frister? Does this justify his choice to save himself at another's expense? Is his tribulations an excuse for why he abandoned his children in adulthood? Click to read more.
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[book] Reading the Holocaust by Inga Clendinnen
Paperback - 208 pages (March 1999) Cambridge Univ Press. Sgt Joe Friday meets Hitler. Readers will re-examine their assumptions after reading this book, in which Inga Clendinnen, an Australian anthropologist, an original thinker, confronts eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust, and also analyzes the Nazi mentality. She suggests that only by understanding the minds behind the Final Solution--and not just Hitler and Himmler but the average man in the street and buck private in the army, as well--can we hope to place the Holocaust in historical context. Click to read more.
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[book] The Transfer Agreement : The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine by Edwin Black
Hardcover - 430 pages. Click to read more.
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[book] The Red Cross and the Holocaust by Jean-Claude Favez, with John Fletcher (Translator)
Hardcover - 488 pages (January 2000) Cambridge Univ Press. Favez was given unrestricted access to the archives of the International Red Cross. Why did they not protect Jews during WWII? Why were they so reticent to help them? Why did they cower in front of Nazi roadblocks? Why were Red Cross individuals (not the organization) more successful in Hungary? His findings and thesis are that it wasn't that the Red Cross's leader were anti-Jewish, but that they wanted to be completely impartial and neutral between the Allies and Axis powers, and they felt Jews were not Prisoners of War, but civilians. Also, since Jews were stateless and had no national Red Cross chapter, the Red Cross's bureaucracy couldn't accommodate the needs of the Jews. Blah blah blah, are completely neutral look at the Red Cross (but we know what neutrality can lead to)
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[book] Explaining Hitler : The Search for the Origins of His Evil by Ron Rosenbaum
Paperback - 444 pages (July 1999) Soon to be a motion picture. Rosenbaum methodically examines the evidence for and against all the major hypotheses concerning the origin of Hitler's character. He sifts through all the rumors--including his alleged Jewish ancestry and what biographer Alan Bullock refers to as "the one-ball business"--and the attempts to derive some psychological cause from them. Various Hitlers emerge: Hitler as con man and brutal gangster, Hitler the unspeakable pervert, Hitler the ladies' man, Hitler as modernist artist working in the medium of evil. Click to read more.
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[book] Pack of Thieves : How Hitler and Europe Plundered the Jews and Committed the Greatest Theft in History by Richard Z. Chesnoff
Hardcover - 384 pages (November 2, 1999) Doubleday. Forget Switzerland, and turn your attention to all the European countries. Chesnoff, a US News & WR seior reporter, documents all the players who profited from Jewish property, including Raoul Wallenberg's uncle. Click to read more.
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[book] This is Berlin. Radio Broadcasts from Nazi Germany By William L. Shirer
Hardcover (October 1999) . Comprehensive scripts from some of the best radio reports (Columbia Broadcasting) from Berlin in the years before the USA entered the War. Click to read more.
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[book] Selling the Holocaust : From Auschwitz to Schindler, How History Is Bought, Packaged and Sold by Tim Cole (Professor of History, Bristol)
Hardcover (September 1999). Fasten your seatbelts... Have you ever been to Auschwitz and seen schoolkids picnicing and frolicking, or wearing Megadeth T-shirts? When I was in Krakow, there were tours of the Schindler factory that Spielberg used for the film, not the actual Schindler factory site. Cole investigates the marketing of remembrance and the Shoah-business. Cole focuses on the marketing and promotion of Yad Vashem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Auschwitz; and the marketing of three people: Anne Frank; Oskar Schindler and Adolph Eichmann. If I were booking lectures for CSPAN BOOK-TV, I would surely pair Tim Cole and his book with Peter Novick and his book The Holocaust in American Life. The Holocaust Comes To America. How The Murder of the Jews of Europe Moved from the Margins to the Center of Our Culture. Click to read more.
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[book] Last Survivor: In Search of Martin Zaidenstadt (of Dachau) by Timothy W. Ryback
Hardcover (September 1999) 196 pages Pantheon Books. In the Winter of 1992, Robert Gottlieb of The New Yorker magazine assigned the Austrian journalist, Timothy Ryback, to write a "report" from Dachau, a 1200 year old Bavarian town 15 miles North of Munich, which for 12 years was the site of the only KZ-stadt, or concentration camp, on German soil. With over half a million visitors per year -- 100,000 per month during the Summer -- Dachau is Germany's permanent reminder of the Nazi Holocaust. Its residents are filled with resentment and shame. Two months after Rybeck's first visit, he returned to explore the town in greater depth. This book is the product of his visits. How do the residents deal with the legacy of death? Why do people remain in a town that is clothed in death. Could you give birth to child who must have the name "Dachau" on its birth certificate? Is a resident's license plate that read "Dachau" a mark of Cain? And who is Martin Zaidenstadt? Martin is 83 years old and keeps a daily vigil at the Concentration Camp site, speaking several languages to some degree, he approaches visitors and tells his tale of survival. Is he obsessed with remembrance and witnessing? Is he deranged? Or are all residents of Dachau deranged? Born in 1911, in the Polish village of Jedwabne, Martin (Mjetek Zaideta), a Polish soldier, became a POW in 1939. Hiding his Jewish faith, he was sent to several German labor camps but ended up in Dachau in 1943. Why does Martin keep his vigil? What does he say to tourists? What happens in Chapter 14, when Ryback cannot find any mention of Martin in the camp's Nazi records. What does Ryback learn when he travels to Martin's birthplace to find out what happened to its Jews? The reader might ask, who is the last survivor? Is it Martin? Is it the town? Or as author Thane Rosenbaum pointed out in The New York Times, is it the author, whose forebearers were Nazi's? Click to read more.
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[book] The Last Deposit: Swiss banks and Holocaust Victims' Accounts by Itamar Levin, translated by Natasha Dornberg
Hardcover - 288 pages (October 1999) Praeger. Itamar Levin is the Deputy Editor of Globes, Israel's daily Business newspaper, and has taken the lead in reporting on Swicc Banks and looted Jewish property. This is an account of the whole story. Click to read more.
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[book] The Holocaust in American Life. The Holocaust Comes To America. How The Murder of the Jews of Europe Moved from the Margins to the Center of Our Culture by Peter Novick.
Houghton Mifflin, June 1999, $27 before 30% discount. Professor Novick (University of Chicago Professor of History and Vichy specialist) takes a groundbreaking, provocative look at Holocaust memory in America. Has the Holocaust become a salient symbol in America? Is it a cornerstone to Jewish identity in the late 20th Century? Novick is a specialist in Historicity. While ordinarily historical memories are most vivid in the immediate aftermath of an event and fade with the passage of time, the Holocaust has acted in the reverse. In the decades after the Shoah, no one spoke about it. Novick explores why even Jews were silent about the Holocaust during the 1950's. Was it due to the Cold War? Or did the optimism of the 1950's hush the past tragedies and sweep it under the rug? Was it due to the state of American anti-Semitism in the 1950's? Why and when did the Holocaust become central to current Jewish identity? Was it the 1967 War and precarious state of Israel that got American Jews talking about the Holocaust? Are there lessons of the Holocaust that must be learned? What is the cost that Jews will pay for making the Holocaust a central moral and defining symbol? Must the Jews define themselves as victims? If you have any interest in the Shoah-business, you better read this.



[book] On Burning Ground - A Son's Memoir by Michael Skakun
Hardcover - 256 pages (June 1999) St Martins Press. Skakun was born in Jaffa and came to the US as a child. He was an assistant to Alfred Kazin. This is considered to be one of the best and most gripping Holocaust memoirs. This is the story of Michael's father, Joseph, a Talmudic scholar with blue eyes and blond hair, who tried to save his mother in Navaredok/Novogrudek Poland, failed, and fled to the forests and to Vilna. In Vilna, he took on the identity of a Muslim Tatar, studied Islam, and became a foreign laborer in Berlin. Joseph then enlisted in the SS to avoid suspicion. Quite an amazing story. Click to read more expanded reviews.




[book] An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin. By Gad Beck
Hardcover - 270 pages (October 1999) Gad Beck, a current resident of Berlin, was a Jew in Nazi Berlin. He lived through the Holocaust as a homosexual Jew who spent the entire war funneling food, money, and clothing to hidden Jews and helping smuggle others out of the country. Click to read more extensive reviews.
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[book] Appel Is Forever : A Child's Memoir by Suzanne Mehler Whiteley
Paperback - 184 pages (August 1999) Wayne State Univ Press. Whiteley was born in 1935 in Amsterdam, Holland, where her father was a rabbi; her brother was born there three years later. Whiteley's parents were able to get her grandmothers, both widows, out of Germany, hoping that the family could live out the war together. But in 1943 they were taken to the Westerbork transit camp in Holland and from there to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, where the author spent two years. She survived, along with her mother and brother; her father and grandmothers did not survive the horror and suffering. Whiteley's memoir, written from the perspective of a child, also describes her life after World War II, first in Europe, then in New York, where an aunt and uncle looked after them, and finally in Chicago.
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[book] Hitler's Willing Executioners : Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
Paperback - 634 pages. A controversial study of ordinary Germans who followed leaders' demands to the point of becoming willing participants in executions and torture provides yet another side of the Holocaust picture. Click to read more expanded reviews.




[book] After Long Silence : A Memoir by Helen Fremont
Hardcover - 368 pages (February1999). Helen Fremont was raised Roman Catholic in America, only to discover in adulthood that her parents were Jews who had survived the Holocaust. Delving into the extraordinary secrets that held her family together in a bond of silence for more than forty years, she recounts with heartbreaking clarity and candor a remarkable tale of survival, as vivid as fiction but with the eloquence of truth. Click to read more expanded reviews.




[book] The Chocolate Deal by Haim Gouri, Seymour Simckes (Translator)
Paperback - 144 pages (Summer 1999) Wayne State. Rather than depicting Auschwitz, the author shows those who carry it within them.
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[book] Jewish Poland-Legends of Origin : Ethnopoetics and Legendary Chronicles (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology) by Haya Bar-Itzhak
Hardcover - 216 pages (June 2000) Wayne State. By looking at the legends of Jews in Poland, this book illuminates a vernacular process of place-making.
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[book] Just Revenge. A novel, by Alan M. Dershowitz, Esq.
Hardcover - 352 pages (September 1999) WarnerBooks. A book full of moral questions, intricate plot twists, and clever legal arguments. Max Menuchen is an elderly, quiet scholar who saw his pregnant wife, son and family murdered in Vilna, Lithuania, in 1942. His dying grandfather implored Max to seek revenge. Max survives, moves to America, becomes successful. Then one day, Max discovers that the former Nazi who killed his family, Marcelus Prandus, is living near Harvard Law School and is dying of a terminal illness. If Max tries to get the government to prosecute Marcelus as a war criminal, the trial would take years. Max decides to terrorize Marcelus, who ends up taking his own life. Is Max responsible? Is he liable? Enter Defense Lawyer, Abe Ringel, who you may remember from The Advocate's Devil ($5.20).
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[book] The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hanh Beer with Susan Dworkin
368 Pages. Hardcover. (October 1999) Morrow. Edith Beer was your basic, excelling, Austrian assimilated Jewish law student in the 1930's. When the Nazi's overran Austria, her family bribed officials to obtain exit visas for Edith's two sisters. Edith, did not flee. Why? Well they was an issue of money, and then there was Pepi, her boyfriend. Edith got deported to Germany, but retruned to Vienna, went underground, got forged papers, fled to Munich, and married Werner Vetter, a Nazi official. This is a gripping story of survival that reveals life under the Nazi's, life on the run, and a submerged Jewish identity. Click to read more.
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[book] I Will Bear Witness: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer VOLUME 2 1941-1945. by Victor Klemperer
Hardcover-544 pages, (August 1999) Random House. Click to read more. This is the second volume of the translation from the 1700 page German best seller about the life of Victor Klemperer in Germany as a "protected Jew" during WWII. It is the most vivid account of life in Germany during the war. Throw away your Anne Frank and read this. Volume 1 was named one of the Notable Books of 1998. Look for a 13-part TV series to be based on these diaries.
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[book] The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Wladyslaw Szpilman, translated by Anthea Bell from Pilish
Hardcover (September 1999) Picador. Szpilman was a noted pianist on Polish Radio prior to the German invasion of Poland in the Fall of 1939. He was incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1945, he published this memoir, but it was banned by the Communists. Now, at age 88, his chronicle has been published in English. Szpilman's work is not only a history, but it has been called a literary masterpiece for its understated but descriptive use of language. Included in the book is his story of how a German captain saved his life, how the Ghetto Jews adjusted to the new restrictions each day, and why his family, knowing full well that 90% would be killed in the death camps, followed the round-up orders for deportation.
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[book] Yosl Rakover Talks to God. By Zvi Kolitz. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway, Afterword by Leon Wieseltier.
Hardcover (November 1999) Pantheon Books. As the German tanks rolled into Warsaw and destroyed the Jewish ghetto, one of the few remaining fighters, Yosl Rakover, wrote out his last words to God, sealed them in a glass bottle, and thrust it into the rubble. The text surfaced in the 1950s and it was broadcast on Radio Berlin, where Thomas Mann acclaimed it as a religious masterpiece...... But guess what? The text was actually written in 1946 for a Yiddish newspaper in Buenos Aires, by a young Jew named Zvi Kolitz (who currently resides in NYC) This is the story of what happended to the text and to Kolitz in the 50 years since the story was published. A European best seller.
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[book] German Jews : A Dual Identity by Paul R. Mendes-Flohr
Hardcover - 149 pages (July 1999). Yale Univ Press. German Jews were both assimilated Jews and loyal Germans, but were not accepted into German culture or some Jewish cultures. Professor Mendes-Flohr, drawing upon the works of Franz Rosenzweig and the German Enlightenment, explores this condition of living with multiple cultural identities. Click to read more.
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[book] Gentile Tales : The Narrative Assault on Late Medieval Jews by Miri Rubin
Hardcover - 266 pages (1999) Yale Univ Press. In the year 1290, in Paris, Jews were accused of desecrating the Eucharist (the communion wafer representation of the body of Christ), touching off violence against Jews. This book explores the creation, growth, and violent repercussions of one of the most powerful anti-Jewish stories of the Middle Ages which unleashed anti-Semitism, massacres and ethnic cleansings. Click to read more.
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[book] Between Dignity and Despair : Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (Studies in Jewish History) by Marion A. Kaplan
Paperback - 288 pages (May 1999) Oxford Univ Press. Click to read the reviews. In the words of the NYT, "This is a devastatingly powerful book. By vividly illustrating how the Holocaust began with seemingly inconsequential acts of humiliation, Kaplan offers readers a message of contemporary relevance. Simply put, genocidal violence can have its genesis in the smallest expression of prejudice and hatred."








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