Rena's Promise

A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
Author: Rena Kornreich Gelissen,Heather Dune Macadam
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807095095
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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An expanded edition of the powerful memoir about two sisters' determination to survive during the Holocaust featuring new and never before revealed information about the first transport of women to Auschwitz Sent to Auschwitz on the first Jewish transport, Rena Kornreich survived the Nazi death camps for over three years. While there she was reunited with her sister Danka. Each day became a struggle to fulfill the promise Rena made to her mother when the family was forced to split apart--a promise to take care of her sister. One of the few Holocaust memoirs about the lives of women in the camps, Rena's Promise is a compelling story of the fleeting human connections that fostered determination and made survival a possibility. From the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters, to the links between prisoners, and even prisoners and guards, Rena's Promise reminds us of the humanity and hope that survives inordinate inhumanity.

Rena's Promise

A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
Author: Rena Kornreich Gelissen,Heather Dune Macadam
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807035378
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
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Sent to Auschwitz on the first Jewish transport, Rena Kornreich survived the Nazi death camps for over three years. While there she was reunited with her sister Danka. Each day became a struggle to fulfill the promise Rena made to her mother when the family was forced to split apart--a promise to take care of her sister. One of the few Holocaust memoirs about the lives of women in the camps, Rena's Promise is a compelling story of the fleeting human connections that fostered determination and made survival a possibility. From the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters, to the links between prisoners, and even prisoners and guards, Rena's Promise reminds us of the humanity and hope that survives inordinate inhumanity.

Still Alive

A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
Author: Ruth Klüger
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 9781558614369
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 216
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Now in paperback, the acclaimed Holocaust memoir declared "a book of breathtaking honesty and extraordinary insight."--LA Times


Author: Laurence Rees
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448140463
Category: History
Page: 400
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In this compelling book, highly acclaimed author and broadcaster Laurence Rees tells the definitive history of the most notorious Nazi institution of them all. We discover how Auschwitz evolved from a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners into the site of the largest mass murder in history - part death camp, part concentration camp, where around a million Jews were killed. Auschwitz examines the mentality and motivations of the key Nazi decision makers, and perpetrators of appalling crimes speak here for the first time about their actions. Fascinating and disturbing facts have been uncovered - from the operation of a brothel to the corruption that was rife throughout the camp. The book draws on intriguing new documentary material from recently opened Russian archives, which will challenge many previously accepted arguments. This is the story of murder, brutality, courage, escape and survival, and a powerful account of how human tragedy of such immense scale could have happened.

The Weeping Buddha

Author: Heather Dune Macadam
Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN: 1617750972
Category: Fiction
Page: 350
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New Year’s Eve: Long Island detectives Devon Halsey and Lochwood Brennen, secret lovers, are thrust into mayhem by the grisly murder of Devon’s best friend. What has haunted Devon for years begins to take shape, and as she dissects the file, she learns that the carvings in the victims’ bodies are actually Koans—unanswerable questions that must be meditated upon in order to reach enlightenment. Heather Dune Macadam is a professor at Suffolk County Community College and a former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She is the author of Rena’s Promise, a nonfiction memoir about Auschwitz, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

William & Rosalie

A Holocaust Testimony
Author: William Schiff,Rosalie Schiff,Craig Hanley
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 157441237X
Category: History
Page: 165
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William & Rosalie is the account of two young Jewish people from Poland who survived six different German slave and concentration camps throughout the Holocaust. In 1941, newlyweds William and Rosalie Schiff are forcibly separated and sent on their individual odysseys through a surreal maze of hate. Terror in the Krakow ghetto, sadistic SS death games, cruel human medical experiments, eyewitness accounts of brutal murders of men, women, children and even infants, and the menace of rape in occupied Poland make William & Rosalie an unusually candid view of the chaos that World War II unleashed on the Jewish people. The lovers' story begins in Krakow's ancient neighborhood of Kazimierz, after the Germans occupy western Poland. A year later they marry in the ghetto; by 1942 deportations have wasted both families. After Rosalie is saved by Oskar Schindler, the husband and wife end up at the Plaszow work camp under Amon Goeth, the bestial commandant played by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List. While Rosalie is on "heaven patrol" removing bodies from the camp, William is working in the factories. But when Rosalie is shipped by train to a different factory camp, William sneaks into a boxcar to follow, and he ends up at Auschwitz instead. Craig Hanley narrates the struggle of the lovers to stay alive and find each other at war's end. Now in their eighties, William and Rosalie come to terms in this book with the loss of their families and years of torture at the hands of Nazi captors. Unique among memoirs from this era, the book connects directly to the present day. The Schiffs' ongoing and highly effective campaign against prejudice and discrimination is a heroic culmination of two lives scarred beyond belief by racism. William & Rosalie combines biography with timely lessons on the nature of mass hate, a stubborn phenomenon that continues to endanger every life on Earth.

We Never Lost Hope

A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story
Author: Naomi Litvin,Martin Gilbert
Publisher: Booksurge Publishing
ISBN: 9781439204214
Category: History
Page: 228
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We Never Lost Hope by Naomi Litvin is a powerful and haunting memoir and love story about her family's lives before, during, and after the Holocaust. Told in five indelible voices, the book gives a you-are-there punch and a moving immediacy. Litvin recreates her parents' incredible love story of a Holocaust survivor and an American Jewish GI who landed at Normandy. This book reminds readers that genocide can happen anywhere but that the strength of hope endures, even in the most horrific conditions. "Naomi Litvin leaves all students of the Holocaust in her debt...every memoir adds to our knowledge, both of what happened, and of the emotions and feelings of that terrible era, and this memoir is no exception: it calls out to be read." -Sir Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer, and author of eighty-one books. Naomi Litvin is a freelance writer and lives in Northern California.

Boy 30529: A Memoir

Author: Felix Weinberg
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1781680787
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 168
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Chronicles the author's Holocaust experience which began at age twelve, detailing his survival at five concentration camps, the loss of his mother and brother in the camps, and his reunion with his father in Britain after the war.

Of a Comb, a Prayer Book, Sugar Cubes, & Lice

Survivor of Six Concentration Camps : Elizabeth Blum Goldstein : A-20737
Author: Elizabeth Blum Goldstein,Shana Fogarty
Publisher: Comteq
ISBN: 9780976688945
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 75
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After Auschwitz

A Story of Heartbreak and Survival by the Stepsister of Anne Frank
Author: Eva Schloss,Karen Bartlett
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781444760712
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 326
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The author recounts her life before and after World War II, describing her quest to locate her father and her brother after her liberation from Auschwitz, how her life became entwined with Anne Frank's, and her struggle to live with herself after the war.

Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp

A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp
Author: Helga Weiss
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393089746
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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“A sacred reminder of what so many millions suffered, and only a few survived.”—Adam Kirsch, New Republic In 1939, Helga Weiss was a young Jewish schoolgirl in Prague. Along with some 45,000 Jews living in the city, Helga’s family endured the first wave of the Nazi invasion: her father was denied work; she was forbidden from attending regular school. As Helga witnessed the increasing Nazi brutality, she began documenting her experiences in a diary. In 1941, Helga and her parents were sent to the concentration camp of Terezín. There, Helga continued to write with astonishing insight about her daily life: the squalid living quarters, the cruel rationing of food, and the executions—as well as the moments of joy and hope that persisted in even the worst conditions. In 1944, Helga and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Before she left, Helga’s uncle, who worked in the Terezín records department, hid her diary and drawings in a brick wall. Miraculously, he was able to reclaim them for her after the war. Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezín and later deported to Auschwitz, only 100 survived. Helga was one of them. Reconstructed from her original notebooks, the diary is presented here in its entirety. With an introduction by Francine Prose, a revealing interview between translator Neil Bermel and Helga, and the artwork Helga made during her time at Terezín, Helga's Diary stands as a vivid and utterly unique historical document.

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A Remarkable Journey of Triumph and Survival: the Joe Rubinstein Story
Author: Nancy Sprowell Geise
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781939919120
Page: 346
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Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, German soldiers forced twenty-one year-old Icek "Joe" Rubinsztejn onto a crowded, open-air truck. The next day, several around him were dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe-much worse. Joe arrived at Auschwitz on April 30, 1942. Now, in his nineties, Joe reveals how he survived several of the most notorious concentration camps when so many others perished. His is a remarkable narrative-a unique story of endurance, courage and faith. Barefooted when he was seized by the Nazis, Joe became one of New York's leading shoe designers-working with companies whose shoes were sought after by First Ladies and movie stars alike. Joe's story bears witness to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. While the Nazis took everything else, they were unable to take his unassailable joy. Joe's story is one of discovering light in the darkest of places, an inspiration for us all.

The Nazi Officer's Wife

How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust
Author: Edith H. Beer,Susan Dworkin
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062190040
Category: History
Page: 336
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#1 New York Times Bestseller Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Despite Edith's protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity a secret. In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells how German officials casually questioned the lineage of her parents; how during childbirth she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and how, after her husband was captured by the Soviets, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street. Despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document, as well as photographs she took inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust—complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.

I promised I would tell

Author: Sonia Schreiber Weitz,Susan Belt Cogley
Publisher: Facing History & Ourselves Natl
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 105
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Her poetry and testimony during the Holocaust.

If This Is A Man/The Truce

Author: Primo Levi
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1405528192
Category: History
Page: 400
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With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a "magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known" - PHILIP ROTH

Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

A Heart-rending Memoir that Will Both Horrify and Inspire
Author: Martha Long
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 184596313X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 477
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Born a bastard to a teenage mother in the slums of 1950s Dublin, Martha has to be a fighter from the very start. As her mother moves from man to man, and more children follow, they live hand-to-mouth in squalid, freezing tenements, clothed in rags and forced to beg for food. But just when it seems things can't get any worse, her mother meets Jackser. Despite her trials, Martha is a child with an irrepressible spirit and a wit beyond her years. She tells the story of her early life without an ounce of self-pity and manages to recreate a lost era in which the shadow of the Catholic Church loomed large and if you didn't work, you didn't eat. Martha never stops believing she is worth more than the hand she has been dealt, and her remarkable voice will remain with you long after you've finished the last line.

Holocaust Saviors

True Stories of Rescuers That Saved Holocaust Refugees
Author: Raymond Jennings
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781519776648
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 100
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Candles In The Dark: The Holocaust Saviors and Their Stories When we hear the word "holocaust," we immediately remember the dark days, the blood, the people, and the pain that no words can express. This huge event, so daunting as it can be, left a mark in the lives of the people who have experienced it and even those who have only heard of it. The Nazis, not only brought destruction, but they brought an unforgettable scar amongst the human race. At those times, the victims would have called for a savior, someone who could literally take them out from the hell they were living in. Holocaust Saviors: True Stories Of Rescuers That Save Holocaust Refugees is a book that talks about those heroes. They were ordinary people who also tasted the face of death but didn't crumble. Despite the sight of fear, these brave hearts not only survived, but they helped others survive as well. In This Book, You Will Learn About The Lives Of: Nancy Wake - Called the "White Mouse," fought with the French resistance during World War II. Maria Kotarba - A courier with the Polish resistance whose goal was to help the Jews after they had been exterminated. Adelaide Hautval - The French female Physician eager to protect the Jewish people being subjected to Nazi experimentation and torture. Varian Fry - The American journalist who started the Emergency Rescue Committee, that made a way for Jewish people trying to leave the Nazi territory. This book about the people that went out of their way to save a small part of humanity. This book will give you a clear and detailed view of who they are and what their accomplishments are in times where there seemed to be no hope. You can begin to appreciate the lives of these heroes by getting your own copy of Holocaust Saviors: True Stories Of Rescuers That Save Holocaust Refugees."

Great Soul of Siberia

Passion, Obsession, and One Man's Quest for the World's Most Elusive Tiger
Author: Sooyong Park
Publisher: Greystone Books
ISBN: 1771641142
Category: Nature
Page: 340
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In The Great Soul of Siberia, renowned tiger researcher Sooyong Park tracks three generations of Siberian tigers living in remote southeastern Russia. Reminiscent of the way Timothy Treadwell (the so-called Grizzly Man) immersed himself in the lives of bears, Park sets up underground bunkers to observe the tigers, living thrillingly close to these beautiful but dangerous apex predators. At the same time, he draws from twenty years of experience and research to focus on the Siberian tigers’ losing battle against poaching and diminishing habitat. Over the two years of his harrowing stakeout, Park’s poignant and poetic observations of the tigers draw a fiercely compassionate portrait of these elusive, endangered creatures.

The Hidden Children

The Secret Survivors of the Holocaust
Author: Jane Marks
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0804181462
Category: History
Page: 336
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They hid wherever they could for as long as it took the Allies to win the war -- Jewish children, frightened, alone, often separated from their families. For months, even years, they faced the constant danger of discovery, fabricating new identities at a young age, sacrificing their childhoods to save their lives. These secret survivors have suppressed these painful memories for decades. Now, in The Hidden Children, twenty-three adult survivors share their moving wartime experiences -- some for the first time. There is Rosa, who hid in an impoverished one-room farmhouse with three others, sleeping on a clay pallet behind a stove; Renee, who posed as a Catholic and was kept in a convent by nuns who knew her secret; and Richard, who lived in a closet with his family for thirteen months. Their personal stories of belief and determination give a voice, at last, to the forgotten. Inspiring and life-affirming, The Hidden Children is an unparalleled document of witness, discovery, and the miracle of human courage.

One Thousand White Women

The Journals of May Dodd
Author: Jim Fergus
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429938846
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.