Holocaust Survivors [2 volumes]: A Biographical Dictionary (Hardback)Emily Taitz (editor)
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Although there are more and more Holocaust memoirs on the market, this essential collection is the first to present such a large number of biographical profiles of survivors for a broad readership. Holocaust Survivors: A Biographical Dictionary comprises 278 entries on more than 500 survivors of the World War II genocide. The profiles, averaging 500 words, are mostly of Jews, both individuals and family members, from throughout Europe. Organized alphabetically, the essays cover their background, circumstances and ordeals during the war, aftermath, and life achievements, including family and career. Most are on ordinary people who have extraordinary life stories. Many stories come from interviews with the survivors by the author. Excerpts from primary documents and quotations are occasionally interspersed. Suggested reading or references per entry are included where possible. Added value comes from an historical introduction, chronology, resource guide, lists of entries, photos, and comprehensive index.
The set will be most valuable to high school students and general readers who do not want to read a full-length memoir. There is an intense and continuing demand for these stories. At the high school level, the set will supplement units on genocide and provides valuable distillation for research and reports to meet the World History Standard concerning the Nazi regime and the Holocaust. Some Holocaust survivors speak about their experiences at schools and public forums, and organizations representing such speakers are listed per state. At the college level, the profiles can be used for starting research in Holocaust history courses. The general reader will become familiar with a range of survivor stories and also use this a springboard for further reading. Examples of people profiled: Marie Blum-Albert-Belgian Jew who smuggled hundreds of Jewish children to safety through a hospital for tubercular children and kept many from being transported to Auschwitz. Abraham A. Foxman spent his pre-school years in Lithuania as a hidden child cared for by his Polish nanny who had him baptized as a Catholic and who taught him to hate Jews. Reilli Herchmer-Sinti fugitive who as a young girl delivered messages for the Nazi resistance underground, survived the Ravensbruck camp, and later moved to Denver with her American husband and raised a family. Victor Klemperer-Dresden professor who survived the war and the Allied fire bombing of the city because he was married to a gentile. He kept a secret, meticulous diary, published to acclaim in the 1990s, of their day-to-day existence as conditions deteriorated as the war progressed. Sam Nussbaum-Jewish-Polish plumber whose skills and strength allowed him to survive a Nazi labor camp. Halina Wind Preston was sent to prison after her Polish landlady exposed her for trying to live outside the ghetto and pass as a Christian, escaped from prison, and spent the rest of the war hiding in the sewers of Lvov.
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 1846 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 54 mm
"This is an excellent introduction to the Holocaust for high school students and adults unfamiliar with this period of history. The stories of the survivors make the historical events very real." - American Reference Books Annual
"There is a wealth of information in these volumes, and the detailed subject, name, and country indexes facilitate its use. The personal stories are fascinating....[I]t should be in the collection of every Holocaust resource center." - Association of Jewish Libraries
"A timely and meritorious pioneer work, encompassing the lives of more than 500 survivors from over two dozen European countries, presented in moving stories exactly as they were remembered, told or written down by the survivors....Balanced essays headed in alphabetical order by family names of survivors are accompanied by bibliographical sources, more than 100 relevant black-and-white photos, maps, statistical tables, and a chronology of important events. Also included are al ist of entries by country; a glossary of terms; a general resource guide, including films, videotapes and web sites on the Holocaust; a list of American and Canadian organizations offering speakers on the Holocaust; and a general index." - MultiCultural Review
"This is a reference book for any serious collection about the Holocaust/Shoah, in a public or academic setting. One of many reference books here but a very good one, above all for capturing that personal insight to a world tragedy that, writ on a world stage, has its counterpart for any individual and family in the personal tragedy of any funeral." - Reference Reviews
"This set would be a valuable addition to any library where serious Holocaust research is a priority or where patrons require a large, in-depth collection of Holocaust literature." - Booklist
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