The Dwarfs of Auschwitz
In the 1930s, the Ovitz family – seven of whom were dwarfs – enjoyed massive success as the Lilliput Troupe of singers and actors, but as the Nazi regime tightened its grip, they were plunged into the horrors of Auschwitz. Based on interviews with Perla Ovitz, the last living member of the troupe, and many other concentration camp survivors, this powerful book tells the inspirational story of this remarkable family and their indomitable will to survive.
To Meet in Hell
Bergen-Belsen, the British Officer Who Liberated It, and the Jewish Girl He Saved
Brigadier Glyn Hughes was among the first Allied soldiers to enter Bergen-Belsen. Rachel Gemuth, then just 15, was one of its inmates. This account by her daughter draws on her memories, Hughes’s diaries, other oral histories and documentary sources to record their respective journeys – following him from Normandy to a defeated Germany, and her from Hungary via Auschwitz to Belsen – before recounting the horror of the camp, and the justice administrated to its perpetrators.
The Collected Works
Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely recognized personal testimonies of the Second World War. The full, definitive text is presented here along with her letters, personal reminiscences, daydreams, essays and a notebook of favourite quotations. Scholarly essays provide background on Anne’s life, her family’s history, and the story of how her diary came to be published. The book also includes numerous photographs of the Franks and the other inhabitants of the annexe in which they hid from the Nazis.
The Diary of Mary Berg
Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto
As the daughter of an American citizen, Mary Berg belonged to a tiny minority of those held in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War who were given some privileges. The diary she started on her fifteenth birthday is a compassionate account of the day-to-day suffering she witnessed there.
The Fate of the Jews 1933–1949
Against the widespread understanding of the Holocaust as the culmination of a Nazi master plan of extermination, David Cesarani argues that the fate of European Jews was ‘rooted in anti-Semitism but it was shaped by war’ and that anti-Jewish measures, from economic persecution to murder, were often improvised, sometimes muddled reactions to the contingencies of the war. This critically acclaimed history chronicles the tragedy of Europe’s Jews, drawing on diaries, letters and recently released documents, to open a new perspective on the Nazi genocide.
Journeys from the Abyss
The Holocaust and Forced Migration from the 1880s to the Present
Focusing on women, children, and ‘illegal’ boat migrants, Tony Kushner examines Jewish refugee movements before, during and after the Holocaust and places them in a longer history of forced migrations, from the 1880s to the present.
The Drowned and the Saved
In his final book, Primo Levi turned once again to his time in Auschwitz, and the lessons to be drawn from it. He reflects on the necessity of bearing witness to the truth, on survivor guilt, his feelings towards the Germans and the futility of hatred, and delivers a sobering reminder that, with would-be dictators waiting in the wings, the unimaginable could happen again.
Architects of Death
The Family who Engineered the Holocaust
JA Topf and Sons began as an unremarkable provincial engineering company, but under the direction of Ludwig and Ernst Wolfgang Topf, it began to manufacture cremation ovens for Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Drawing on interviews and thousands of archive documents, this investigation reveals how the brothers and their colleagues, driven not by ideology but by personal ambition, facilitated the murder of millions, and tells the story of a descendant who sought to expose and atone for his family’s crimes.
Voices from the Holocaust
This collection of eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust, from Hitler's rise to power to the Nuremburg trials, draws on both Nazi and Jewish sources including political speeches and extracts from Anne Frank’s diary. Alongside survivors' tales of the death camps are stories showing how the situation in Germany deteriorated through the 1930s, and grim details of the massacres in Eastern Europe.
The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939–45
First published in 1946 Wladyslaw Szpilman’s account of his survival in the Warsaw Ghetto inspired the Oscar-winning film The Pianist. Reprinted here with diary extracts by the German officer who saved him, it offers a picture of the claustrophobia and terror of ghetto life.
A Survivor's Flight from Nazi-Occupied Vienna Through Wartime France
Literary editor of a Viennese newspaper, Moriz Scheyer was forced to flee the Nazis, only to be arrested when they invaded France. In this memoir, begun in hiding in a French convent in 1943 and found in an attic half a century after its author’s death, he recalls his incarceration in a concentration camp, escape, contact with the Resistance, and many threats to his life.
Who Betrayed the Jews?
The Realities of Nazi Persecution in the Holocaust
In The Other Schindlers Agnes Grunwald-Spier wrote of the many unsung individuals who helped the Jews during the Nazi persecution; in this study she uncovers the individuals and groups who betrayed them. Quoting extensively from survivors' accounts, and in sometimes shocking detail, she examines betrayals made for ideology or greed, but also the 'commercial betrayals' by the railway companies who transported Jews and the industries that used forced labour, and the betrayals made in fear and desperation.
My Dear Ones
One Family and the Final Solution
The discovery of a hidden cache of letters at his late aunt’s house made Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg privy to hitherto hazy details of his father’s life, prompting him to explore his lineage in relation to the history of Europe in the Second World War and the rise of the Nazis.
One Long Night
A Global History of Concentration Camps
One of the defining institutions of the 20th century, and into the 21st, has been the concentration camp, where people are held outside the normal legal process. Using documentary sources from four continents and interviews with survivors, this first global history of the camps traces their origin by the Spanish in Cuba in 1896 through their use by the British in the Boer War, their unprecedented development by the Nazis and Soviets, and their modern counterpart at Guantánamo Bay.
Our view of the Holocaust is shaped by the industrialized death camps of Auschwitz and Treblinka, but the reality was more complex. Drawing on survivors’ testimonies, this revelatory study moves the focus from the forests of Eastern Europe to the transient networks of the Reich’s railways, to reveal how the location and the methods of genocide altered in the course of the war – and how our perceptions of it have shifted over subsequent decades.
Commandant of Auschwitz
The Autobiography of Rudolf Hoess
Rudolf Hoess was Commandant of Auschwitz from its construction in 1940 until late 1943, and supervised the murder of over three million Jews as part of the Nazis’ ‘final solution’. He was an expert in the administration of concentration camps and mass exterminations. Hoess wrote this autobiography in 1947 while in prison in Poland. He was tried, sentenced and hanged later that year. The autobiography and other documents are translated here by Constantine Fitzgibbon, with an introduction by Primo Levi.
East West Street
On the Origins of 'Genocide' and 'Crimes Against Humanity'
The concepts of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ were originated by Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht, legal experts involved in the Nuremberg Tribunal. International lawyer Philippe Sands tells the stories of these very private men, showing how they developed their world-changing ideas in response to unprecedented atrocities. He also describes the trial which brought them together with defendant Hans Frank, who oversaw the ghetto in Lemberg, the Polish city where both lawyers studied and where Sands’ grandfather was born. Off-mint with felt-tip mark on the lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews
During the 1920s and 1930s, Frank Foley worked as Chief Passport Control Officer for the British Embassy in Berlin, a cover for his role as MI6 Head of Station there. As the Nazi administration increased its stranglehold over the country, Foley used his position to issue visas to countless Jews, allowing them to escape to Britain ‘legally’. This biography also recounts many of the escapes that Foley enabled.
The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg is one of the heroes of the Second World War, whose courageous actions saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis, and ultimately cost him his life. Juxtaposing her own research with Wallenberg’s story, the author reveals how he and his helpers created a system of protected passports and safe houses, and uncovers the truth about his mysterious death at the hands of the Soviets.
Closing the Books
Jewish Insurance Claims from the Holocaust
Charles Weiss tells the story of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) and illuminates the ethical as well as financial issues involved in pursuing claims for unredeemed policies of Holocaust victims and their dependents. Slightly off-mint.
How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany
As the Nazi regime intensified its persecution of its Jewish citizens, many turned to relatives abroad for help to escape. This extraordinary collection of letters, now housed in the American Jewish Committee Archives, tells of one family’s appeals to a cousin in the United States. It is a tale of bureaucratic obstruction, hostile immigration authorities, French internment camps, and an ordinary American Jew, struggling to keep his business afloat, faced with a tragedy beyond his comprehension.
Reign of Terror
The Budapest Memoirs of Valdemar Langlet 1944–1945
After the Germans ousted Hungary's ruler Admiral Horthy in favour of the fascist Arrow Cross party in 1944, thousands of Hungarian Jews faced murder by anti-Semitic thugs or deportation to the death camps. At great risk to his own life, the Swedish diplomat Valdemar Langlet helped many to escape. Never before translated into English, this memoir by one of the unsung heroes of the Second World War vividly captures the drama and tragedy of this terrifying time.
Helped, hidden and protected by their fellow citizens during 14 harrowing days in 1943, 95 per cent of Denmark's Jewish population – 7,742 people – were smuggled out all along the coast on ships,schooners and fishing boats to neutral Sweden. Drawing on contemporary sources, including eye witness accounts, Bo Lidegaard tells the full story of how the people of Nazi-occupied Denmark anticipated the Nazis' round-up of Danish Jews and decided to resist the might of the Third Reich.
Heroes of the Holocaust
Ordinary Britons Who Risked Their Lives to Make a Difference
Sometimes known as the 'British Schindler', Frank Foley worked in the British Embassy in Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War and helped up to 10,000 Jews escape from Germany by arranging for visas and issuing fake documents. This book tells the stories of Foley and 26 other Britons who risked their lives to help Jews evade Nazi persecution and who were awarded the 'Hero of the Holocaust' medal in 2010.
Eichmann Before Jerusalem
The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
One of the principal facilitators of the Holocaust, Adolf Eichmann was captured by Mossad in Argentina in 1960 and brought to Jerusalem for trial. This analysis examines his post-war life up to that event, based on newly discovered documentation. The book is in part a response to Hannah Arendt's 1963 volume Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, which assessed Eichmann's actions in the light of his court testimony and evidence available at the trial.
A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland
By the beginning of October 1939, when cosmopolitan Warsaw fell to German occupation, a young Zionist leader, Issac Zuckerman, had already been mobilizing the youngsters in the youth group that he led. Isaac's Army tells how the Jewish Resistance Force held out until the war's end, and compellingly recreates a desperate time in Polish history, marked by the perseverance and heroism of those who battled to drive the Nazis from their city.