Encountering Voice Through Individual and Collected Works
Bendremer, Jutta T. Women Surviving the Holocaust. Edwin Mellen. 1997. Survivors share experiences not only of the Holocaust, but also of its impact on their lives after the war.
Brenner, Hannelore. The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope and Survival in Theresienstadt. Schocken. 2009.Twelve thousand children passed through Theresiendstadt; only a few hundred remained alive after the war. Ten women—girls during the war—recount the stories of their survival
Cohen, Hilda Stern. Words That Burn Within Me. Dryad. 2008.Hilda Cohen’s writings from the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and the post-war years see publication here for the first time.
De Silva, Cara. In Memory’s Kitchen: A Legacy From the Women of Terezin. Aronson. 1996. A “manifestation of defiance…an act of discipline...a triumph of spirit.”
Del Calzo, Nick. Triumphant Spirit: Portraits & Stories of Holocaust Survivors. Triumphant Spirit Publishing. 1997. One-page survivor accounts make accessible the unique and the shared in these experiences.
Eichengreen, Lucille. Haunted Memories: Portraits of Women in the Holocaust. Publishing Works. 2011. In her third memoir, Eichengreen writes frankly and powerfully about the women with whom she shared her experiences—from SS guards to fellow prisoners of the ghetto and the camps.
Fate Did Not Let Me Go. Terra. 2003. 26 min.A mother facing certain death writes a letter to her son who is living safely in America. Fifty years later, the letter arrives and the mother’s and son’s story become one again. (See also: www.fatedidnotletmego.org)
Gurewitsch, Brana, ed. Mothers, Sisters, Resisters: Oral Histories of Women Who Survived the Holocaust. University of Alabama Press. 1998. Twenty-five women share their stories as Gurewitsch explores gender-specific aspects of the survivor experience.
Heberer, Patricia. Children During the Holocaust. AltaMira. 2011.Comprehensive documentation tells “the story of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes, and the fates, of its youngest victims.” A well-written narrative and useful glossary complete the task.
Inbar, Yehudit. Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust. Yad Vashem. 2007.Catalog from Yad Vashem exhibition focusing on the position of women in the Holocasut and the ways in which they coped with events. Invaluable.
Kirschner, Ann. Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story. Free Press. 2006.Letters, photographs, and a diary help a daughter tell the story of her mother’s experiences in seven labor camps.
Krinitz, Esther Nisenthal. Memories of Survival. Hyperion. 2005. Krinitz tells of life before the war and of her journey in hiding through hand-stitched embroidered panels.
The Last Days.October Films. 1998. 87 min.Five survivors return to their hometowns and to the ghettos and camps to remember and recount their experiences.
Laughlin, Estelle Glaser. Transcending Darkness: A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust. A mother, two daughters, and their survival.
Lobel, Anita. No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War. Greenwillow. 1998. The Caldecott illustrator reveals the story of her youth in hiding, in the ghetto, and in the camps.
My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports. IFC. 1995. 77 min. First-hand accounts and archival footage tell these unforgettable stories of sacrifice and survival.
Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust. A&E. 2003.100 min. Edith Hahn assumed the identity of a Righteous Gentile friend and survived the war as the wife of a Wehrmacht officer/Nazi Party member.
Nieuwsma, Milton J., ed. Kinderlager: An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors. Holiday House. 1998. Three survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau section for children relate their stories.
Orbuch, Sonia Shainwald. Here, There Are No Sarahs: A Woman’s Courageous Fight Against the Nazis and Her Bittersweet Fulfillment of the American Dream. RDR. 2009.
A woman’s voice about partisan life. Pair with a more general work on Jewish resistance, Doreen Rappaport’s Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust (Candlewick. 2012).
Rittner, Carol and Roth, John K. eds. Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust. Paragon. 1993. Excellent collection of witness literature, including primary source material organized under the heading “Voices of Experience.” Pair with the accessible collection of personal narratives by Eilenberg-Eibeshitz, Anna--Women in the Holocaust: A Collection of Testimonies (Remember. 1993).
Rosenberg, Maxine B. Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued from the Holocaust. Clarion. 1994. Personal narratives tell the story of hidden children, and of their lives after the war.
Rubin, Susan Goldman. Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto. Holiday House. 2011. The important story of a Righteous Gentile printed in a picture book format but with text appropriate for middle school readers.
Smith, Lyn. Remembering: Voices of the Holocaust. Carroll & Graf. 2005. “A new history in the words of the men and women who survived.” Shorter first-person accounts useful for classroom study.
Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit. Sirena. 1998. 61 min. Follows the journey of Judy Meisel from her youth in the Kovno ghetto and Stutthof concentration camp to her adulthood as a civil rights activist in the United States.
Tec, Nechama. Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood. Oxford. 1982. Tec’s memoir about her life as a young girl in hiding.
Testimony of the Human Spirit. Westchester Holocaust Education Center. 2004. 117 min.Six survivors of the Holocaust tell their stories.
Toll, Nelly S. Behind the Secret Window. Puffin. 1993.Words, watercolors, and photographs tell a powerful story of one young girl’s struggle to survive.
Weissova, Helga. Helga’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp. Norton. 2013. A diary created in Terezin is hidden and later recovered.
Zullo, Allan, and Bovsun, Mara. Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust. Scholastic. 2004.The retelling of nine stories of young Holocaust survivors; appropriate for middle school readers.
Websites - (A Note to Teachers: Some websites claiming to be about the Holocaust are actually the work of those who seek to minimize or deny it. Your review of web resources is essential to your students’ learning. The websites listed here have been reviewed for authenticity and accuracy.)