Holocaust Survivor Books in Education…A Legacy Forum for Teaching the Holocaust

Read Selma Metzger Winkler: Her Experience in Nazi Concentration Camps

The following account was lovingly compiled by Martin Winkler, grandson of Selma Metzger Winkler, during many conversations with his grandmother. He has worked untiringly to set down the facts and circumstances of her story as correctly as possible, so that future generations will be made aware of the suffering and degradation endured by millions of people — people like Selma and her family — caught in the madness of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. “Lest we forget!”

Read Pearls and Lace: Poetry by Magdalena Klein

MAGDALENA KLEIN (1920-1946), the youngest child of a middle-class Jewish family in northwestern Romania, was an eyewitness to the rise of fascism in Europe and the horrors of World War II. The poetic journal Magda kept during those years shows the stark contrast between her youthful love of life and the grim reality of the world around her.

Three Books by Ina Friedman (Encouraged for Younger Readers)

Ina R. Friedman has explored the impact of the Nazi regime on the lives of young people in three books. Her first, Escape or Die; True Stories of Young People Who Survived the Holocaust describes the courageous and desperate steps young Jews took to escape from the Nazis. Her second book, The Other Victims: First Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Nazis, an ALAYAD “Best Books” and an ABA “Pick of the List,”, examines the Nazis’ attempt to create a master race by wiping out so called “defective traits” and the human suffering caused by the Nazis’ policies. In this third book, Flying Against the Wind: The Story of a Young Woman Who Defies the Nazis, she relates the story of a young German Christian who refuses to accept the hatred and violence of the Nazis. Though she pays a terrible price for her resistance, she remains undefeated in spirit.

Courage Under Siege
A book by Charles Roland about the medical community resisting the ravages of disease and starvation in the Warsaw Ghetto, with actual pictures from the ghetto.

Rywka Rybak/A Survivor of the Holocaust Our first survivor’s story by a woman, this book was written in 1946 but only recently translated. Follow her experiences through the Holocaust.

How Dark the Heavens
by Sidney Iwens

Recipient of the Derleth Non-Fiction Book Award, this story is shared as a unique journal, chronicling the 1400 days Sidney spent under Nazi terror in Lithuania.

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The Last Sunrise by Harold Gordon
Our first book online, this is Harold Gordon’s own story of survival in Poland. He published the book and is available on email to help. Be sure to get a copy of this inspiring story.

Abe’s Story by Abram Korn, edited by his son Joseph Korn
On the 23rd anniversary of his father’s Yahrzeit (August 7, 1995), Joseph Korn is proud to present excerpts from Abe’s Story–the Holocaust Memoir of Abram Korn. The site features an interactive map of Abe’s journey through the Holocaust, as well as a lesson plan for studying the book. Published by and available from Longstreet Press, this book is a personal view from inside Poland of an amazing man’s story of survival. Lesson plans and a chance to email Joseph Korn are also available.

Keep Yelling by Maurie Hoffman
See the partisan fighters and Lubaczow survivors’ photos in this new survivor’s testimony from Australia. Learn how Maurie Hoffman survived as a partisan; born in Galacia, Poland, he fought his way to freedom with others from Lubaczow. Read his story and see actual photos of the partisans.

Jan Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust
This book is about Jan Karski, the Polish underground agent who brought some of the first news of Hitler’s extermination policy to the the West in 1942. This story written by E. Thomas Wood and Stanislaw M. Jankowski (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994; paperback February 1996).

The Last Witness: The Child Survivor of the Holocaust
Written by Judith S. Kestenberg and Ira Brenner and published by American Psychiatric Press; “We have tried to present some of the complexities of understanding the interplay of genocidal persecution and the development of the child, keeping in mind the uniqueness of the experience of each of these “last witnesses.” We hope that readers will be able to tolerate the anxiety, horror, and sadness that this subject invariably evokes. It is a necessary experience if we are to prepare ourselves better to understand and assist the survivors of massive trauma.”

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