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The Holocaust
A History of The Holocaust
by Yehuda Bauer
Paperback
Pub. Date: September 2002, Publisher: Franklin Watts; Revised edition
ISBN: 0531155765
Recent history has rendered the word holocaust- strictly defined as wholesale destruction and loss of life, especially by fire- much more specific and horrifying: the willful devastation of the Jewish people by the most inhuman methods ever devised.

Dr. Yehuda Bauer traces the roots of anti-Semitism that burgeoned through the ages, and thereby provides a comprehensive, substantive description of how and why this most heinous crime against humanity came to pass. He also follows the survivors through this period and illuminates their role in the development of Israel.

"No single book has contributed more...to an understanding of Nazi genocide...One of the great historical works of our time."- Times Literary Supplement
A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of its Survivors
by Michael Berenbaum
Hardcover
Pub. Date: October 2003, Publisher: Bulfinch; Book & CD edition
ISBN: 0821228285
A Promise to Remember is a testament to the will of the survivors of the Holocaust, weaving the words of the survivors with those of historian and bestselling author Michael Berenbaum in a unique interactive format.

Removable reproductions of historic documents and other artifacts, along with an accompanying audio CD, bring to life the survivors' stories in their own words and images. Firsthand accounts describe what life was like during the rise of the Nazi Party and in the concentration camps, on the death marches, and at liberation. photographs, letters, drawings, and even recipes salvaged from the camps provide moving personal insights and a window onto the past.

As an introduction for the entire family, or as a new perspective for familiar readers, this veritable "museum in a book" sheds light on the Holocaust in a new and powerful way.
All But My Life
by Gerda Wasserman Klein
Hardcover
Pub. Date: March 1995, Publisher: Hill and Wang; New Expand edition
ISBN: 0809024608
One of two hundred slave girls remaining from the four thousand who were forced on a thousand-mile winter march, Gerda Klein survived by hope alone. This is Gerda Klein's story of her unbelievable struggle to survive the Nazi Holocaust, the loss of her entire family, and her every friend, and how despite the complete destruction of the world she knew and loved, she was able to begin a new life based on her compassion, love and faith. Includes a new epilogue in which Gerda Klein expands her story to tell of her new life in the United States and gives her responses to questions from her readers and from the many thousands who have heard her lectures across America. The basis of the documentary One Survivor Remains.

"…one of the most beautifully written human documents I have ever read. In this respect it is as sensitive and disturbing a story as is The Diary of Anne Frank."- Library Journal
Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp
Edited by Yisrael Gutman and Michael Berenbaum
Paperback
Pub. Date: Reprint edition May 1998, Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 025320884X
In one of the inaugural publications of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Research Institute, leading scholars from the United States, Israel, Poland, and other European countries provide the first comprehensive account of what took place at Auschwitz. Principal sections of the book address the institutional history of the camp, the technology and dimensions of the genocide carried out there, the profiles of the perpetrators and the lives of the inmates, underground resistance and escapes, and what the outside world knew about Auschwitz and when. A major study of the design and construction of the gas chambers and crematoria reveals the economic competitiveness, bureaucratic struggles, and technological sophistication behind the manufacture of the machinery that was used to murder and incinerate thousands daily.
And the World Closed Its Doors
The Story of One Family Abandoned to the Holocaust

by David Clay Large
Hardcover
Pub. Date: May 2003, Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465038085
Max Schohl was a renaissance man. German first, Jewish second, he was classically educated, spoke several languages and played the violin. He was a decorated officer of the First World War, a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader. When the nazis came to power he believed that his record would spare him and the townsfolk would defend him. Yet on Kristallnacht his own neighbors and employees ransacked his home. Schohl, robbed of his factory, turned his full energies to saving himself and his family through emigration, but no country would take them.

In this masterpiece of Holocaust literature, David Clay Large tells the heartbreaking story of how the Schohls were caught in a tightening noose, unable to escape although all odds seemed to be in their favor. US relatives petitioned tirelessly on their behalf. Max was offered a teaching position at an American college. The US quota for German immigrants was underfilled. But the US was determined to keep the immigration of Jews low. The Schohls found brief sanctuary in Yugoslavia, but after the nazi occupation Max was sent to Auschwitz and his wife and daughters to a hard labor camp.

Max's youngest daughter, Kathe Schohl-Wells has given Large access to her family's records, a unique collection of letters and other documents chronicling the experiences of the Schohls and those who tried to bring them to England and America. From these papers Large has fashioned a gripping and intimate narrative of one family's efforts to escape the Holocaust in Europe and the inadequate response from abroad.
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Paperback
Pub. Date: July 1993, Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0553296981
Her life ended tragically in the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen at the age of 15. For two years, while in hiding from the Nazis, she poured into her diary her secrets and all the growing feelings of a talented, sensitive, acutely perceptive young girl. Her diary lives on, the conscience of a generation, a vital, beautiful, urgent message to all of us.
Anti-Semitism: The Road to the Holocaust and Beyond
by Charles Patterson
Excerpt - Chapter One
Paperback
Pub. Date: March 1989, Publisher: Walker & Company
ISBN: 0802773184
Behind the Secret Window
A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During World War II

by Nelly S. Toll
Paperback
Pub. Date: March 2003, Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition
ISBN: 0142302414
Ages 12+ Fifty years ago, Nelly and her mother were confined to a single room for thirteen months -- hidden from the Nazis in the small bedroom of a Gentile couple in Lwow, Poland. Like Anne Frank, Nelly kept a diary; even more notable, she produced dozens of vibrant water color paintings. Here is the true story of a perceptive eight year old's experience during the Holocaust and how she dealt with the grim reality surrounding her. The book includes a select collection of her paintings which were produced during her seclusion. Together, text and art tell the story of an imaginative child beset with terrifying uncertainties; of a courageous mother who nurtured her daughter's belief in brighter days ahead, and of the resilience of the human spirit.
Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews - A History
by James Carroll
Hardcover
Pub. Date: April 2002, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 0618219080
In a bold and moving book that is sure to spark heated debate, the novelist and cultural critic James Carroll maps the profoundly troubling two-thousand-year course of the Church's battle against Judaism and faces the crisis of faith it has provoked in his own life as a Catholic. More than a chronicle of religion, this dark history is the central tragedy of Western civilization, its fault lines reaching deep into our culture.

The Church's failure to protest the Holocaust -- the infamous "silence" of Pius XII -- is only part of the story: the death camps, Carroll shows, are the culmination of a long, entrenched tradition of anti-Judaism. From Gospel accounts of the death of Jesus on the cross, to Constantine's transformation of the cross into a sword, to the rise of blood libels, scapegoating, and modern anti-Semitism, Carroll reconstructs the dramatic story of the Church's conflict not only with Jews but with itself. Yet in tracing the arc of this narrative, he implicitly affirms that it did not necessarily have to be so. There were roads not taken, heroes forgotten; new roads can be taken yet. Demanding that the Church finally face this past in full, Carroll calls for a fundamental rethinking of the deepest questions of Christian faith. Only then can Christians, Jews, and all who carry the burden of this history begin to forge a new future.

Drawing on his well-known talents as a storyteller and memoirist, and weaving historical research through an intensely personal examination of conscience, Carroll has created a work of singular power and urgency. Constantine's Sword is a brave and affecting reckoning with difficult truths that will touch every reader.

Illustrations: 8-page b/w photo insert
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