A Holocaust Survivor’s Letter to Her Father

Book review: But You Did Not Come Back, by Marceline Loridan-Ivens (Amazon / Book Depository) I was quite a cheerful person, you know, in spite of what happened to us...But I'm changing. It isn't bitterness, I'm not bitter. It's just as if I were already gone...I don't belong here anymore. Perhaps it's trite to say... Continue Reading →

What You Wear Can Change Your Life: Sartorial Lessons in a Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz

Book review: Measure of a Man, by Martin Greenfield with Wynton Hall (Amazon / Book Depository) Martin Greenfield was born Maximilian Grünfeld in Pavlovo, then part of Czechoslovakia and now in Ukraine. At age fifteen, he and his family were deported to Auschwitz, like so many other Jewish families in this part of the world... Continue Reading →

The Lost Libraries of Europe

The portal of the Berlin City Library (Berliner Stadtbibliothek) at Breite Straße 32-34 in Berlin-Mitte. It shows steel plates with 117 variations of the letter "A", created by Fritz Kühn in 1965. By Beek100 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons Book review: The Book Thieves, by Anders Rydell This is to... Continue Reading →

Letters from a Life, Poems from the Camp

Book review: Dancing on a Powder Keg, by Ilse Weber (Amazon / Book Depository) In 1942, Jewish author Ilse Weber was deported from Prague along with her husband Willi and the younger of her two sons to Theresienstadt, the Jewish ghetto and the Nazis' "model" concentration camp, trotted out as a fake village for events like... Continue Reading →

On Living and Forgiving

Book review: Surviving the Angel of Death, by Eva Mozes Kor (Amazon / Book Depository) If you're familiar with any Holocaust or Auschwitz documentaries, you've probably seen or heard of Eva Mozes Kor. She's the living badass who, as a child along with her twin Miriam, survived the infamous Dr. Mengele's nightmarish experiments on twins... Continue Reading →

A Found Memoir of Running and Refuge

Book review: Asylum, by Moriz Scheyer (Amazon / Book Depository) Viennese author Moriz Scheyer completed his memoir of being wrenched from his life as an editor and critic for a major newspaper in Vienna and hiding out in France even before World War II had ended. Considering that, it's incredible that he had so much perspective... Continue Reading →

Survival and Optimism

Book review: Bread or Death, by Milton Mendel Kleinberg (Amazon / Book Depository) It took me a little while to get into this one, but once I did, I was glad I'd stuck with it. Kleinberg wrote this account of his and his family's experiences during World War II to answer questions for his grandchildren. I've... Continue Reading →

An Unforgettable Life in Stories

Book review: In the Unlikeliest of Places, by Annette Liebeskind (Amazon / Book Depository) There have been many extraordinary stories to come from those who survived the Holocaust. Each is a little bit different, a little surprising in its own way. There's so much to be learned about human nature, both the good and the... Continue Reading →

Stream of Consciousness from Auschwitz

Book review: Fragments of Isabella by Isabella Leitner (Amazon / Book Depository) A very short but incredibly powerful memoir of a young woman's nightmarish memories of Auschwitz, structured in short vignettes and often in a stream-of-consciousness style. It's emotional and affecting to read not only her descriptions of the experiences, but to grasp the palpable anger... Continue Reading →

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