This book elucidates how the prewar ordinary town of Auschwitz became Germany's most lethal killing site step by step and in stages: a transformation wrought by human beings, mostly German and mostly male.
The Nazis allow the talented young conductor, Raphael Schacter, to assemble an orchestra. Like a man
possessed, he organizes the shattered ghetto prisoners to perform Verdi's Requiem, magnificent music of death and hope, because it captures the fate of his people.
It is almost incomprehensible that music could be performed, let alone composed, in a Nazi concentration
camp. In November 1941, the Nazis converted the small Czech garrison town of Terezin into the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp.
This absorbing and captivating nonfiction account (with never-before-published photographs) offers readers an in-depth anthropological and historical look into the lives of those who suffered and survived Breendonk concentration camp during the Holocaust of World War II.
With Soviet forces on the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted against five years of Nazi occupation, an uprising that began in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it came to a tragic end.
This brief account of my life in the Warsaw Ghetto is an extract from a larger, more definitive study of the socio-psychological forces prevalent in Jewish life during two thousand years of diaspora. It will attempt to throw some light on the causes and effects of the behavior of the Jewish masses, their leaders and their persecutors, which culminated in the holocaust of our generation.
Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they'll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it. Today. With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiancé threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life. June 1942. After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kája Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kája has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kája finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin. Bound by a story of hope and the survival of one little girl, both Sera and Kája will fight to protect all they hold dear
Ravensbrück was the only major Nazi concentration camp for women. Located about fifty miles north of Berlin, the camp was the site of murder by slave labor, torture, starvation, shooting, lethal injection, "medical" experimentation, and gassing.
While this camp was designed to hold 5,000 women, the actual figure was six times this number. Between 1939 and 1945, 132,000 women from twenty-three countries were imprisoned in Ravensbrück, including political prisoners, Jehovah's Witnesses, "asocials" (including Gypsies, prostitutes, and lesbians), criminals, and Jewish women (who made up about 20 percent of the population). Only 15,000 survived.
Through the comments of two survivors who return to Auschwitz, the viewer sees the truth of the Holocaust and becomes aware of the dangers inherent in the growth of prejudice. Includes Teacher Resource.
Run Time: 30 minutes
"Originally aired on television as an episode of Secrets of the Dead , this film tells the incredible story of two young Slovak Jews, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, who managed to escape by hiding in a woodpile
for three days, then fleeing across enemy territory, determined to tell the world about the atrocities being committed b the Nazis at the camp."
Run Time: 60 minutes
Based on the true story of Salamo Arouch, a middleweight boxing champion of the Balkan countries,
captured by the Nazis and forced to fight in concentration camps to save his family. Includes Teacher Resource.
Run Time: 120 minutes
Christopher Nupen's film portrays Alice Sommer Herz, a Nazi concentration camp prisoner for two years with her six-year-old son, suffering deaths of her mother and her husband in the camp, remembers playing more than 100 concerts in the camp and likens the experience, both for the performers and for the listeners, to being close to the divine. Alice feels music saved her sanity as well as her life and the lives of hundreds of others.
Run Time: 54 minutes
Takes a look at the 'show' camp at Theresienstadt where Nazis could deceive the outside world as to what was really happening to the Jews of Europe, as well as the prisoners themselves.
Run time: 53 minutes
Circulating Now welcomes Selena Moon, MA, a public historian researching Japanese American mixed-race history, military history, and disability history. She discusses her research into the experiences of deaf Japanese Americans in the wartime incarceration camps. Artifacts can be found in the National Library of Medicine: nlm.nih.gov/hmd