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10 books about concentration camps
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First One In, Last One Out: Auschwitz Survivor 31321 by Marilyn Shimon
This book was published 5 years ago by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and takes approximately 5.5 hours to read.
While growing up in New York, Marilyn Shimon often visited her uncle in California. She saw his scars, gaped at his "31321" tattoo, and listened to his horrific stories of the Holocaust. However, she could not relate to the suffering he endured or understand the significance of his accounts-until now. In this grisly memoir, Marilyn resurrects Murray Scheinberg's stories of six hellish years in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. The Polish Jew was one of the first eight men to enter Auschwitz, as a political prisoner in 1940, and one of the last to escape Dachau. Rejected by a publisher in the 1960s because of its incredible details, this true story, finally available to the public, will shock, horrify, and touch readers. Abraham H. Foxman, national director emeritus at the Anti-Defamation League, says of the book: "First One In, Last One Out: Auschwitz Survivor 31321 is a harrowing tale of endurance, luck, egotism, and morality, one man's story of survival in the face of Nazi brutality and anti-Semitism. Murray Scheinberg's memoir of survival through the Nazi Holocaust symbolizes man's determination to live no matter the odds. But it also represents the degradation of the human spirit imposed on the Jews of Europe by the evil Nazi machine. It is both an uplifting tale and a sorry one about human nature in the face of evil." "A magnificent telling of a moving and heartfelt story." --Ira Hochman, Friendly Visitors Program/Holocaust Survivors "I am moved to tears beyond what I can express. This is an exceptionally incredible story and the author's writing is extremely moving.The story is a testament of life and will teach future generations that good triumphs over evil." --Ruth Baran Gerold, child of Holocaust survivors "The author brilliantly wrote about her uncle's life throughout the Nazi regime. She successfully engages the reader in the emotions and drama of this horrific period.This is a must-read-page turner." --Larry Klass, Retired Veteran-US Army "It is a powerful and compelling story that should be promoted in schools and read by all." --Faye Kilstein, child of Auschwitz survivor
Night (Night) by Elie Wiesel
This book was published 15 years ago by Hill and Wang and takes approximately 4.0 hours to read.
The narrative of a boy who lived through Auschwitz and Buchenwald provides a short and terrible indictment of modern humanity.
I Only Wanted to Live (A WW2 Jewish Boy Holocaust Survival True Story (World War II Memoir)) by Arie Tamir
This book was published 2 years ago by Independently published and takes approximately 10.6 hours to read.
Three mass deportations. A death sentence. One remarkable story of survival. When Leosz was only six, his life changed completely. World War II broke out in 1939, sweeping the young boy into the whirlwind of the Holocaust. For six long torturous years, Leosz sees and goes through everything: myriads of overcrowded transports headed for concentration camps, life on the streets of occupied Poland as an abandoned child, hiding from cruel Nazis, forced labor under conditions of starvation and the constant threat of death. Only one thing kept him safe--his unwavering will to go on living. This is the incredible inspiring story of a little Jewish boy who managed to survive all possible levels of hell as he clung on to life.
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
Category: World War II
This book was published last year by Gallery Books and takes approximately 13.2 hours to read.
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The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day by Elie Wiesel
This book was published 13 years ago by Hill and Wang and takes approximately 11.7 hours to read.
Three works deal with a concentration camp survivor, a hostage holder in Palestine, and a recovering accident victim.
The World War 2 Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the Second World War (Trivia War Books) (Volume 1) by Bill O'Neill
Category: Trivia & Fun Facts
This book was published 4 years ago by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and takes approximately 5.7 hours to read.
When was the last time someone around you brought up World War Two? It's a pretty popular war. Maybe you heard about it yesterday. Maybe last month. But it was probably recent. And when it came up, did you wish that you could be the one to casually drop a fact that would have everyone in the room going, "Wow, I never knew that!" With this book, you can be that person. You can read it in just a few minutes a day. Chapters are bite-sized and easy to read, meant for normal people instead of war historians! Each chapter ends with a bonus helping of trivia and some quick questions to test your knowledge. You'll zoom through this book and be hungry for more. Get ready to impress your friends with your knowledge - not just of the main events of World War Two, but of all the gritty details and weird true facts. By the time you finish this book, you'll have a fact for every occasion, from the first moment someone thought about having a second World War, to the most recent blockbuster movies about it. So get ready to meet characters from Adolf Hitler, rejected art student, to Jack Churchill, the broadsword-swinging male model. Find out why World War Two started in the first place, and why it's never a good idea to invade Russia in winter. Learn why the United States was going to stay out of the war, how Canadians stole airplanes for the British, and what an orange soft drink has to do with the Nazis. Some of the things you're going to learn are sad. Some are scary. Some are sexy. And some are downright strange! It's everything your history teacher never got around to telling you.
Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story by Nancy Sprowell Geise
This book was published 5 years ago by Merry Dissonance Press and takes approximately 11.5 hours to read.
Seventy years ago Joe Rubinstein walked out of a Nazi concentration camp.Until now, his story has been hidden from the world.Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, German soldiers forced twenty-one year-old Icek "Joe" Rubinsztejn onto a crowded, open-air truck. The next day, several around him were dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe--much worse. Joe arrived at Auschwitz on April 30, 1942. Only now, in his nineties, has he revealed how he survived several of the most notorious concentration camps when so many others perished. His is a remarkable narrative--a unique story of endurance and courage. Barefooted when he was seized by the Nazis, Joe became one of New York'sleading shoe designers--working with companies whose shoes were sought after byFirst Ladies and movie stars alike.Joe's story bears witness to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. While the Nazis took everything else, they were unable to take his unassailable joy. Joe's story is one of discovering light in the darkest of places, an inspiration for us all.
Operation Swallow: American Soldiers' Remarkable Escape from Berga Concentration Camp by Mark Felton
Category: United States
This book was published 2 years ago by Center Street and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
The true story of American POWs in a Nazi concentration camp and their daring escape. Operation Swallow is the story of how a small group of American soldiers, led by a charismatic but reluctant leader named Hans Kasten, tried, as camp leaders, to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a diabolical Nazi plan to turn US prisoners-of-war into concentration camp slaves. It is a story that begins in the dark forests of the Ardennes during Christmas 1944 and ends at the charnel house that was Buchenwald Concentration Camp in spring 1945. It is the remarkable battle of wills between a young GI who is thrust into a leadership position he didn't want and an evil SS officer who will stop at nothing to complete his diabolical orders. It is also an escape story replete with courage, sacrifice, torture, despair, and salvation. Even more remarkably, it is a story that has barely been told before, an appalling chapter of US military history and a truly uplifting Holocaust story that deserves to be widely known and understood. A compelling narrative-driven nonfiction book has not been written that takes the reader deep into the dark story of Operation 'Swallow' and Berga Concentration Camp--until now. Written from personal testimonies and official documents, Operation Swallow is a tale replete with high adventure, strong and compelling characters, human drama, tragedy, and eventual salvation, from the pen of a master of the modern military narrative.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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