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Posted on 29 Mar 2012 01:31:07 BDT
A fairly obvious choice I know, but if anyone hasn't read Night by Elie Wiesel...

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 06:42:41 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2012 20:50:08 BDT
Dear Monica.
Yes,the printed book can be bought from Amazon books.It was published in 2002 by Quill press
with the help of Beth Shalom,the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire.They also sell the book.You can find them on the internet,it is an interesting site with all sorts of things going on,mainly educational.
I must point out to you that with the comments on the Amazon book ,comments that have nothing to do with me got mixed up.The few comments on the kindle edition are genuine ones.
Well thanks again.If you need anything let me know.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2012 20:14:55 BDT
monica says:
I've not got a kindle; is it available in conventional book format?

I simply can't imagine what it must have been to endure that. In a way, I can't imagine a world in which that could ever take place even though I am of course living in that world.

I'd like to think that knowing you'd fulfilled the request made of you by the older prisoners eased your pain at least a bit.

Rosinante, not to be harsh, but a full-blown advert like that one, which seems to be jumping on a bandwagon, doesn't sit too well in the face of posts from a survivor of the Shoah . . .

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2012 14:39:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Mar 2012 14:45:20 BDT
Thank you Monica.
As you gathered,UNSHED TEARS is based on my experiences during the Holocaust,I am 84 years old
now.I wrote the book straight after the war.It did't get published until 2002.When I was young in the camps,the older people begged us." You are young,you will surviveTell the world what happened to us.Don't let them forget us"It is in memory of those people,pay a tribute to them and let the next generation know that part of history,what human beings are capable of doing to each other.I am keen to reach as many people as possible with that message ,that is why I published it on Kindle an mentioned it here. Hope to hear from you again,love Edith

Posted on 25 Mar 2012 13:53:46 BDT
Rosinante says:
For a different slant on "holocaust", read my award winning book "Threads - The Tapestry of Life". My uncle was sent to one of Stalin's gulags where over 20 million people perished. I spent years researching my mother's family in Russia, Estonia, England and South Africa and the book spans the Russian Revolution, WWI, WWI and the gulags. They are a very ordinary family, who experience love, fear, hunger and heartbreak. Tempered by endurance, their dramatic hardships create quite extraordinary characters who, drawn from opposite ends of the earth, their lives inextricably interwoven, wind their way through turbulent historical times. The book vividly brings to life the triumph of the human spirit as three strong men, who face the horrors and loneliness of war, human brutality and the harshness of nature, and four strong women, who resourcefully confront the vagaries of life's heartbreaks and hardships, triumph over incredible obstacles. Love, hope and courage are continual themes throughout these trials. I hope you read it and enjoy it. Rose O'FlynnThreads - The Tapestry of Life

Posted on 24 Mar 2012 19:12:33 GMT
monica says:
Edith Hofmann, the people who gave negative votes to your post re Unshed Tears almost certainly thought it was yet another writer's advertisement for a novel. It wasn't till your last post that I checked into the book and found it was autobiographical. And if it is, I think this is the very rare instance of a thread where a writer mentioning a book she's written should be made welcome. Good luck to you.

Posted on 16 Mar 2012 10:01:27 GMT
The book THE LAST GOODBYE is a book of poems and paintings by Edith Hofmann,a Holocaust survivor.After writing her book Unshed Tears she wanted to express her memories and nightmares in a visual way.Each painting is accompanied by a poem.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012 16:43:11 GMT
And Fenelon's PLAYING FOR TIME...

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 16:39:10 GMT
As a "visual biography", please don't forget the astonishing, A VANISHED WORLD by Roman Vishniac.
And, if we're speaking of holocausts, don't overlook Giles Milton's study of Smryna 1922: PARADISE LOST (the Jewish Quarter was in the center of the city where, it is said, over 100,000 people died in an overnight blaze)...
As a special plea, I ask people to try to obtain a copy of Claude Lelouche's sublime updating of LES MISERABLES to the wartime period--it's one of the truly great films of the post-war period.

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 16:30:06 GMT
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Posted on 8 Mar 2012 16:19:17 GMT
In addition to the worthy and well-known titles that others have mentioned (Szpilman, Levi, et al), I'd suggest looking at Lusseyran's AND THERE WAS LIGHT--an astonishing book by any standard--and Wiesel's NIGHT. The latter is well-known in the States and the former in France.
Szpilman's book (THE PIANIST) should be far better known...
THE COMPLETE MAUS (Spiegelman) and EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (Foer) fall into a different category as does I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY (Volavkova) which records the poetry and artwork of children who survived...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012 10:24:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Mar 2012 09:36:14 GMT
Try UNSHED TEARS BY Edith Hofmann.
It is about the Holocaust seen through the eyes of a 13yrs old girl.She and her parents are deported to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland.Within a year her parents die and she is left to to fend for herself.The next 3yrs see her struggling to survive deportations to Auschwitz,a labour camp,a Death March through snow
covered Germany and eventually Belsen.She travels home in the hope of being reunited with some members of her family and friends.

Posted on 25 Feb 2012 15:39:14 GMT
F Henwood says:
Not so much a holocaust biography but Raul Hilberg's 'The Politics of Memory: The Journey of a Holocaust Historian', the giant of holocaust historians, is a fascinating account of the way the holocaust has been remembered and written about over the past 50 years.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 12:08:57 GMT
This is non-fiction book and all stories are true...This book is full of very sadistic descriptions e.g. Nazi human experimentation in Auschwitz.
This may sound stupid but don't eat before reading this book.

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 18:32:18 GMT
monica says:
Ewelina Ostasz, that's another one I didn't know about. At least one holocaust book should be required reading in all European schools, I think. I looked up the book and still can't tell: Is it fiction or non-fiction?

Your English is fine. And anyone from the land of Adam Malysz is fine, too.

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 13:37:17 GMT
Medallions (Jewish Lives)
"Medallions" by Zofia Nałkowska. This book is a collection of short stories about people who survived holocaust and about Auschwitz Concentration Camp. "Medallions" is obligatory book in polish schools and one of the greatest polish short novels.
Other books you should read:
"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank
"The Devil's Arithmetic" by Jane Yolen
"The Pianist" by Władysław Szpilman
"Briar Rose" by Jane Yolen

P.s. Sorry 4 my english:))

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2012 21:48:56 GMT
H. Baird says:
I would like to recommend "A Time to Speak" by Helen Lewis. She was an amazing woman who survived the holocaust. Her story is inspirational!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2012 20:43:57 GMT
monica says:
Thanks for that, HP--hadn't heard of her. Was put off by amazon description of its dealing with 'the destruction of the feminine personality'--whatever on earth that is--but having delved a bit deeper, I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

Posted on 13 Feb 2012 11:23:27 GMT
HP says:
Try Guilliana Tedeschi - there is a place on earth

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 14:20:50 GMT
SRH says:
Try 'Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust' and 'The Righteous - The unsung Heroes of the Holocaust'. the latter will restore your faith in humanity.

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 12:20:31 GMT
S Riaz says:
Having read Schindler's List, I thought Searching for Schindler, about the author's research for the film was very interesting. Something a little different that perhaps you may have missed. Also I recently read Heroes of the Holocaust: Ordinary Britons who risked their lives to make a difference, which was very good.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 00:00:49 GMT
AB. says:
Roses From The Earth

Posted on 29 Jan 2012 20:02:14 GMT
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Posted on 29 Jan 2012 19:59:23 GMT
monica says:
If you've read hundreds, there's no point in mentioning people like Levi. A couple of less well-known books are the diaries Etty Hillesum kept whilst living in the ghetto before being taken to a death camp and This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen. The latter is a collection of short stories, but they're highly autobiographical, as the author was imprisoned in one of the Nazi camps.
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