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Bearing Witness: Testimonies of Holocaust Survivors--21st Annual Exhibit Commemorating Yom HaShoah (May 2, 2011)   Tags: concentration camps, holocaust, shoah, survivors, world war ii, yom hashoah  

Diaries, memoirs, & documented stories of Holocaust survivors from the collections of the James P. Adams Library. Accounts by or collected from adults, teenagers, and young children as well as sources for research and objects for reflection are included.
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“Historical accounts of tragedies are both moving and necessary.  We must know the truth of what happens; causes, effects, the impacts, whatever “meaning” there is to be gleaned from reflection and analysis. 


But an overview, regardless of its excellence, must be reinforced by a microview—

          What happened in the details?....


Jews were betrayed by neighbors, robbed, beaten, removed from their sources of work, deported, starved, tortured, murdered—and still some survived.”

      Harry James Cargas, Professor of English emeritus, Webster University

          Internationally known scholar of Holocaust literature

 [from the Foreword of Sisters in Sorrow: voices of care in the Holocaust]

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Sisters in sorrow: voices of care in the Holocaust - Roger A. Ritvo and Diane M. Plotkin; foreword by Harry James Cargas
Call Number: D804.47.S57 1998
ISBN: 0890968101
College, TX:Texas A&M Univ.Press, 1998

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And the sun kept shining - Bertha Ferderber-Salz; foreword by Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Call Number: DS135.P63F4 c.2
ISBN: 0896040151
NY: Holocaust Library, 1980

DEDICATION...with a mother's strong love, to all the children, both my own and those left orphans by the Holocaust.

All my beloved children,
Sparks scattered by the Holocaust's blade,
Your rescue is a miracle, a work of wonder,
But still, not all were chosen...

Unite, make a great blade of sparks.
Tell THEM how you escaped annihilation,
In their darkness increase your purity,
But do not forget: revenge sevenfold....
The Author

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The book of Alfred Kantor - Alfred Kantor; preface by John Wykert
Call Number: NC139.K3A43
ISBN: 0070332754
NY: McGraw-Hill, 1971

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The book of Alfred Kantor: an artist’s journal of the Holocaust - Alfred Kantor; preface by John Wykert
Call Number: NC139.K3A43 1987
ISBN: 0805240292
NY: Schocken Books, 1987 (c1971)

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From Buchenwald to Carnegie Hall - Marian Filar and Charles Patterson
Call Number: ML417.F43A3 2002
ISBN: 1578064198
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002

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The tale of the ring: a Kaddish - Frank Stiffel
Call Number: D810.J4S79 1984
ISBN: 0916366219
Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1984


Additional Adult Survivor Accounts

"I did not intend, nor would I have been able, to do a historian's work, that is, exhaustively examine the sources.  I have almost exclusively confined myself to the National Socialist Lagers (camps) because I had direct experience only of these; I also have had copious indirect experience of them through books read, stories listened to, and encounters with the readers of my first two books.  Besides, up to the moment of this writing, and notwithstanding the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the shame of the Gulags, the useless and bloody Vietnam War, the Cambodian self-genocide, the desaparecidos of Argentina, and the many atrocious and stupid wars we have seen since, the Nazi concentration camp system still remains a unicum, both in its extent and its quality.  At no other place or time has one seen a phenomenon so unexpected and so complex: never have so many human lives been extinguished in so short a time, and with so lucid a combination of technological ingenuity, fanaticism, and cruelty."  From The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi (p21).

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The drowned and the saved - Primo Levi ; translated from the Italian by Raymond Rosenthal
Call Number: D810.J4 L45313 1988
ISBN: 067972186X
New York : Summit Books, c1988

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Art from the ashes : a Holocaust anthology - Lawrence L. Langer, Editor
Call Number: D804.3 .A78 1995
ISBN: 0195075595
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995

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Exile : a memoir of 1939 - Bronka Schneider; Erika Bourguignon and Barbara Hill Rigney, Editors
Call Number: D804.196 .S34 1998
ISBN: 0814208088
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, 1998

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The four-front war : from the Holocaust to the Promised Land - William R. Perl
Call Number: D810.J4 P477 1979
ISBN: 0517538377
New York : Crown Publishers, c1979

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In the shadow of the swastika - Hermann Wygoda, Mark Wygoda, Editor
Call Number: DS135.P63 W945 1998
ISBN: 025202382X
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1998

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Inside Belsen - Hanna Lévy-Hass ; trans. by Ronald L. Taylor
Call Number: D805.G3 L4213 1982
ISBN: 0389203017
Totowa, N.J. : Barnes & Noble, 1982

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Sobibór, martyrdom and revolt : documents and testimonies - Miriam Novitch, editor
Call Number: D810.J4 S597
ISBN: 089604016X
NY: Holocaust Library : Schocken Books, c1980

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There is always time to die - Adam Starkopf ; edited by Gertrude Hirschler
Call Number: DS135.P63 S7 1981
ISBN: 0896040275
NY: Holocaust Library, c1981

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Unbroken : from Auschwitz to Buenos Aires - Charles Papiernik ; translated from the Spanish by Stephen A. Sadow
Call Number: 0826332943
ISBN: 0826332943
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2004


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