If I Forget Thee…: The Destruction of the Shtetl Butrimantz by Riva Lozansky

If I Forget Thee...: The Destruction of the Shtetl Butrimantz by Riva Lozansky

Editors: Olga Zabludoff, Lily Poritz Miller (The book, originally published on paperback in 1999 is now available on Kindle) “This book — the history of the Jews from one small Lithuanian town during World War II — becomes a tiny but valuable part of the great tapestry being woven by survivors chronicling the fate of the Jewish people in the cauldron of Nazi-controlled Europe.” — Washington Jewish Week The book’s…

Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma

Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma

During the almost six years England was at war with Nazi Germany, Winifred and Bernard Schlesinger, Ian Buruma’s grandparents, and the film director John Schlesinger’s parents, were, like so many others, thoroughly sundered from each other. Their only recourse was to write letters back and forth. And write they did, often every day. In a way they were just picking up where they left off in 1918, at the end…

Why is Great Grandma So Sad? Discovering the Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child by Susan Heagy

Why is Great Grandma So Sad? Discovering the Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child Perfect by Susan Heagy

Though this book is written for children ages 7 to 14, it is also intended for any age of people who have difficulty reading anything having to do with the Holocaust of WWII. This story is presented from the personal perspective of a family in the midst of the Holocaust, without trauma but historically correct. Sarah, at the age of seven, does not understand the extreme sadness her great grandmother…

Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos

Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos

Translator: Liz Szász In this improbably joyous novel about two recovering concentration camp survivors, love is the best medicine. July 1945. Miklos is a twenty-five-year-old Hungarian who has survived the camps and has been brought to Sweden to convalesce. His doctor has just given him a death sentence — his lungs are filled with fluid and in six months he will be gone. But Miklos has other plans. He didn’t…

Shoa and Experience: A Journey in Time by Dan Soen & Nitza Davidovitch

Shoa and Experience: A Journey in Time by Dan Soen & Nitza Davidovitch

Shoa and Experience is a collection of essays offering important insights on the nature of Holocaust education with implications for Holocaust education development for future generations, in Israel and worldwide. Special attention is given to the evolving nature of contemporary multimedia society in which youth are inundated with stimuli of all kinds. Hence, consideration is given to the incorporation of multidimensional aspects of learning and experience in Holocaust education in…

Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Erika Steiskal

Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree

In most windows I saw people working and children playing. When the soldiers came, people began covering their windows, so I couldn’t see inside anymore. But the tiny attic window of the narrow brick house behind Otto Frank’s business offices had no shade. For a long time the rooms were empty. Then one day, Otto’s whole family came to live there. They called their new home the Secret Annex… A…

Podcast: Enough with the Holocaust Books for Children!

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Estrin, features a long and juicy virtual panel discussion about the Holocaust’s place in Jewish children’s literature. It’s called “Enough with the Holocaust Books for Children!” Listen and see if you agree!  Then check out The Book of Life’s site for a long list of suggested titles for kids and teens. You can hear the podcast online…

Our Holocaust by Amir Gutfreund

Our Holocaust by Amir Gutfreund

Jessica Cohen, translator Beautifully translated from Hebrew, Our Holocaust is a novel narrated by a nameless child of Holocaust survivors. A prizewinner in Israel, it tells the story of relatives who are “collected” by virtue of the fact that they themselves have no one to call their own family since many of their parents, children, brothers and siblings were murdered during the Holocaust. The relatives operated under the “Law of…

The First to be Destroyed: The Jewish Community of Kleczew and the Beginning of the Final Solution

The First to be Destroyed: The Jewish Community of Kleczew and the Beginning of the Final Solution

By Anetta Glowacka-Penczynska, Tomasz Kawski, Witold Medykowski Edited by Tuvia Horev The Jewish community of the city of Kleczew came into existence in the sixteenth century. It remained large and strong throughout the next four hundred years, and in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it constituted 40-60% of the total population. The German army entered Kleczew on September 15, 1939, shortly after the outbreak of World War II. The communities…

When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father and Son Memoirs, 1940-1941 by Otto Schrag and Peter Schrag

When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father and Son Memoirs, 1940-1941 by Otto Schrag and Peter Schrag

When Europe Was a Prison Camp weaves together two accounts of a family’s eventual escape from Occupied Europe. One, a memoir written by the father in 1941; the other, begun by the son in the 1980s, fills in the story of himself and his mother, supplemented by historical research. The result is both personal and provocative, involving as it does issues of history and memory, fiction and “truth,” courage and…