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The Auschwitz Violin

The Auschwitz Violin
  • Author : Maria Angels Anglada,Martha (Translator) Tennent
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :128
  • ISBN : 9781921758874
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Summary : In the winter of 1991, at a concert in Krakow, an older woman with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who is instantly captivated by her instrument. When he asks how she obtained it, she reveals the remarkable story behind its origin. Imprisoned at Auschwitz, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. Treasured memories of the young woman he loved become hazier with each passing day. When Daniel's former occupation as a crafter of fine violins is revealed to those running the concentration camp his very existence moves from being merely precarious to under immediate threat. The camp's two most dangerous men make a cruel wager: if Daniel can build a beautiful violin within a certain number of days, the Kommandant wins a case of the finest burgundy. If not, the camp doctor gets hold of Daniel for use in his 'experiments'. And so, battling malnutrition and exhaustion, Daniel tries to capture his lost art, knowing all too well the cost of failure. Written with lyrical symplicity and haunting beauty, and chillingly interspersed with actual Nazi documentation, The Auschwitz Violin is more than just a novel: it is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of beauty, art, and hope to triumph over the darkest adversity.

The Violin of Auschwitz

The Violin of Auschwitz
  • Author : Maria Angels Anglada
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-08-31
  • Total pages :128
  • ISBN : 9780553907810
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Summary : An international sensation now available in English for the first time, The Violin of Auschwitz is the unforgettable story of one man’s refusal to surrender his dignity in the face of history’s greatest atrocity. In the winter of 1991, at a concert in Krakow, an older woman with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who is instantly captivated by her instrument. When he asks her how she obtained it, she reveals the remarkable story behind its origin. . . . Imprisoned at Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. Treasured memories of the young woman he loved and the prayers that once lingered on his lips become hazier with each passing day. Then a visit from a mysterious stranger changes everything, as Daniel’s former identity as a crafter of fine violins is revealed to all. The camp’s two most dangerous men use this information to make a cruel wager: If Daniel can build a successful violin within a certain number of days, the Kommandant wins a case of the finest burgundy. If not, the camp doctor, a torturer, gets hold of Daniel. And so, battling exhaustion, Daniel tries to recapture his lost art, knowing all too well the likely cost of failure. Written with lyrical simplicity and haunting beauty—and interspersed with chilling, actual Nazi documentation—The Violin of Auschwitz is more than just a novel: It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of beauty, art, and hope to triumph over the darkest adversity.

Violinist in Auschwitz

Violinist in Auschwitz
  • Author : Jacques Stroumsa
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-08-26
  • Total pages :108
  • ISBN : 9783891918692
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Summary : Jacques Stroumsa: Preface to the English edition Professor Dr. Erhard Roy Wiehn from the University of Konstanz and editor of an important collection of books about the Shoah, has asked me to write a preface for the English edition of my book, Violinist in Auschwitz. The experience acquired in Germany during my lectures at Gymnasia (high schools) in Berlin and neighboring Potsdam in 1993 and 1994 gave me a number of important insights which I would like to share with the English-speaking public. The Nazi concentration camps were intended to completely destroy the human personality and to reduce it to a number tattooed on the skin, like animals in a slaughterhouse. The questions that people asked were, for example: having survived physically after being in Auschwitz and Mauthausen for two years, having survived the terrible Death March in January 1945, how did you find the strength to be a human being again; how did you adjust to living in a normal society again? Above all, where did you find the strength to come back to Germany (the land where crime was so scientifically organized) and, day after day, tell young Germans the details of your sufferings? How could you tell them that the younger generation is not guilty, that they and their parents (who are now the same age as my children) were not even born at the time when these events occurred? The answers to these anguished questions were given to me by the children themselves; they were deeply moved by my lectures. One day, in December 1994, I received an invitation from Micaela von Marcard, head dramaturge of the Berlin State Opera, to attend the Memorial Concert to be given in Berlin on January 28, 1995, on the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Also, Mrs. von Marcard asked me to write some "Memories of Auschwitz" for Vivace, the bulletin of the State Opera. I used the occasion of my visit to Berlin to present several lectures at various Gymnasia in the vicinity and, most important, to once again meet a few of the girls who had written to me after my original lectures. I am very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Leonhard Dünnwald for organizing this reunion in their villa in BerIin. I am also very grateful to four girls, Juliana, Tina, Katrin and Kristin for coming so far to our meeting and for their most thoughtful contributions to the discussions of these very anguished questions. My sincere appreciation to James S. Brice, an American student at the University of Konstanz, for translation.

The Violinist of Auschwitz

The Violinist of Auschwitz
  • Author : Ellie Midwood
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-11-18
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 9781800191396
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Summary : Auschwitz, 1943: In the depths of hell, can hope rise? And can love triumph over hatred? Based on the unforgettable true story of Alma Rosé, The Violinist of Auschwitz brings to life one of history’s most fearless, inspiring and courageous heroines. Alma’s bravery saved countless lives, bringing hope to those who had forgotten its meaning… In Auschwitz, every day is a fight for survival. Alma is inmate 50381, the number tattooed on her in pale blue ink. She is cooped up with thousands of others, torn from loved ones, trapped in a maze of barbed wire. Every day people disappear, never to be seen again. This tragic reality couldn’t be further from Alma’s previous life. An esteemed violinist, her performances left her audiences spellbound. But when the Nazis descend on Europe, none of that can save her… When the head of the women’s camp appoints Alma as the conductor of the orchestra, performing for prisoners trudging to work as well as the highest-ranking Nazis, Alma refuses: “they can kill me but they won’t make me play”. Yet she soon realises the power this position offers: she can provide starving girls with extra rations and save many from the clutches of death. This is how Alma meets Miklos, a talented pianist. Surrounded by despair, they find happiness in joint rehearsals, secret notes, and concerts they give side by side ­­­­– all the while praying that this will one day end. But in Auschwitz, the very air is tainted with loss, and tragedy is the only certainty… In such a hopeless place, can their love survive? This devastatingly heartbreaking yet beautifully hopeful tale proves that even in the darkest of days, love can prevail––and give you something to live for. Fans of The Choice, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Orphan Train will lose their hearts to this magnificent tale. Readers love The Violinist of Auschwitz: “Wow! Just wow… Utterly heartbreaking… I’m speechless.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Phenomenal! Absolutely brilliant! This book requires a standing ovation for sure!… Crushingly heart-breaking yet beautiful.” Battle of the Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I absolutely loved it!!!… Amazing. It was so beautifully written… Amazingly well done.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Soul-wrenching… I have been through boxes of Kleenex… Even writing this review I have tears.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I picked up this book this morning thinking I would read for half an hour before I dealt with life for the day. Next thing I know, it’s seven hours later, I’ve got tears streaming down my face, the book is finished and I am wondering how I have gone thirty years without knowing who the incredible Alma Rosé was and the astonishing impact she left on the world.” Apageofwordsandwishes, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow! What a read!” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I was in tears. The tears never left and I read this in one sitting, not from the ease of the read, but from the sheer inability to put it down… Oh my, I could go on and on… Bravo, Ellie, Bravo!” The Hist Fic Chic, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved this book so much!! I thought the story was both beautiful and heartbreaking… I was hooked.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow. My favorite book of 2020.” Southern Belle Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Oh my goodness. Definitely have tissues at hand!” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It will make you cry, make you smile and break your heart.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I started this book last night at about 9pm and finished sometime near 4am… I’ve had little sleep. But it was so worth it.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow. My favorite book of 2020. I’ve already told so many people about it.” Southern Belle Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Auschwitz Violinist

The Auschwitz Violinist
  • Author : Jonathan Dunsky
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-12-06
  • Total pages :230
  • ISBN : 1540825728
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Summary : Death is not always what it seems to be. And neither is murder. Private investigator Adam Lapid was sure Yosef Kaplon was dead. The last time he saw him was in 1944, in Auschwitz. They were prisoners together in the same barracks. Then one day, without warning, Kaplon was gone. Now, six years later, Lapid runs into Kaplon on a street corner in Tel Aviv, Israel. A few days later, Kaplon is found dead in his apartment with his wrists slashed. The police say it was suicide . Adam Lapid is not so sure. Something doesn't feel right about Kaplon's death. Something doesn't make sense. Was Yosef Kaplon driven to madness and suicide by his time at Auschwitz? Or was he targeted by a crafty and sinister killer for some unknown sin? Adam Lapid must find out the truth. Or he might go mad himself.

The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin
  • Author : Kristy Cambron
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-07-15
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 9781401690601
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Summary : “Fresh. Fascinating. Unforgettable. The Butterfl y and the Violin is a masterpiece of a debut.” —Laura Frantz, author of Love’s Reckoning ". . . impossible to put down." —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! A Mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz—and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan. Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes. In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover—the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul—who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron. A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire. As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart. "In her historical series debut, Cambron expertly weaves together multiple plotlines, time lines, and perspectives to produce a poignant tale of the power of love and faith in difficult circumstances. Those interested in stories of survival and the Holocaust, such as Eli Wiesel’s Night, will want to read." —Library Journal, starred review ". . . debut novelist Cambron vividly recounts interwoven sagas of heartache and recovery through courage, love, art, and faith." —Publishers Weekly Includes Reading Group Guide

The Child of Auschwitz

The Child of Auschwitz
  • Author : Lily Graham
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-11-08
  • Total pages :350
  • ISBN : 9781838880682
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Summary : ‘She touched the photograph in its gilt frame that was always on her desk, of a young, thin woman with very short hair and a baby in her arms. She had one last story to tell. Theirs. And it began in hell on earth.’ It is 1942 and Eva Adami has boarded a train to Auschwitz. Barely able to breathe due to the press of bodies and exhausted from standing up for two days, she can think only of her longed-for reunion with her husband Michal, who was sent there six months earlier. But when Eva arrives at Auschwitz, there is no sign of Michal and the stark reality of the camp comes crashing down upon her. As she lies heartbroken and shivering on a thin mattress, her head shaved by rough hands, she hears a whisper. Her bunkmate, Sofie, is reaching out her hand... As the days pass, the two women learn each other’s hopes and dreams – Eva’s is that she will find Michal alive in this terrible place, and Sofie’s is that she will be reunited with her son Tomas, over the border in an orphanage in Austria. Sofie sees the chance to engineer one last meeting between Eva and Michal and knows she must take it even if means befriending the enemy… But when Eva realises she is pregnant she fears she has endangered both their lives. The women promise to protect each other’s children, should the worst occur. For they are determined to hold on to the last flower of hope in the shadows and degradation: their precious children, who they pray will live to tell their story when they no longer can. A heart-breaking story of survival, where life or death relies on the smallest chance and happiness can be found in the darkest times. Fans of The Choice and The Tattooist of Auschwitz will fall in love with this beautiful novel. Readers are captivated by The Child of Auschwitz: ‘This hauntingly heart-breaking story is one of pure, instinctual survival. It is a story of fierce friendships, unbreakable spirits, and the most powerful love possible … I was so spellbound by this captivating, riveting read that I could not put it down until I read every last word.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This book grabbed me from the first sentence and didn't let me go for the entire journey. I had goosebumps while reading… It is a beautiful story.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘You will cry, you will be addicted from the start and will find it hard to put down. This book ranks high on my favourite books list a BRILLIANT book and worth far more than 5* in my opinion EXCELLENT.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A book that plays with your emotions, sad and poignant in parts and a book I just couldn’t put down. A compelling, haunting story. Read it in one day.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This stunning historical fiction in the setting of Auschwitz will haunt me for a long time to come. It’s a story of love, hope and told through a combination of the present and the past flashbacks. It completely captivated me that I read it in a day because I just couldn’t stop’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The Child of Auschwitz by Lily Graham. Such a beautifully written, incredible story of love, loss, friendship, family… this book was very, very good.’ Abbygabbyreadsrightnow, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This beautiful story needs to be read and cherished.’ Netgalley Reviewer,⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This story will stay with me. And despite the despicable conditions love can be born of the situation.. if I could rate higher than five stars I would. Superb!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I found this such an emotional and evocative read and it kept me gripped and turning those pages well into the night. …Great characterization and rich descriptive prose that made you feel the cold and their everyday hunger and agony made this a 5 stars highly recommended read from me.’ Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • Author : Heather Morris
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-09-04
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9780062797162
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Summary : The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. “The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

Violins of Hope

Violins of Hope
  • Author : James A. Grymes
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-08-12
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 9780062246844
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Summary : A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. The violin has formed an important aspect of Jewish culture for centuries, both as a popular instrument with classical Jewish musicians—Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman—and also a central factor of social life as part of the enduring Klezmer tradition. But during the Holocaust, the violin assumed extraordinary new roles within the Jewish community. For some musicians, the instrument was a liberator; for others, it was a savior that spared their lives. For many, the violin provided comfort in mankind’s darkest hour, and, in at least one case, helped avenge murdered family members. Above all, the violins of the Holocaust represented strength and optimism for the future. In Violins of Hope, music historian James A. Grymes tells the amazing, horrifying, and inspiring story of the violins of the Holocaust, and of Amnon Weinstein, the renowned Israeli violinmaker who has devoted the past twenty years to restoring these instruments in tribute to those who were lost, including 400 members of his own family. Juxtaposing tales of individual violins with one man’s harrowing struggle to reconcile his own family’s history and the history of his people, it is a poignant, affecting, and ultimately uplifting look at the Holocaust and its enduring impact.

The Fiddle

The Fiddle
  • Author : Natalie Cumming
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-07-18
  • Total pages :276
  • ISBN : 1912639262
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Summary : A true story, tracing a precious violin across landscapes devastated by war and terror, to safety and restoration in 21st century Britain. Abraham and his family flee the Bolsheviks, from St. Petersburg to Odessa and safety in the UK. Abraham's skill on the violin earns them food and lodgings, as they struggle through the freezing Russian winter. The violin passes to Rosa, Abraham's daughter, violinist with the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Arrested by the Nazis on Kristellnacht 1938 she is sent to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and then to Auschwitz, where her musical talent sees her forced to join the Women's Orchestra and saves her life. She spends the last 5 months of the war in Belsen, before testifying at the Nuremberg Trials, exposing the horrors of the Nazi death camps. Rosa's brother Israel, inherits the violin. A celebrated musician, he joins ENSA during the war, entertaining the troops. Post war, he investigates Nazis trying to escape trial. He forms several popular bands, well-known throughout the 60's & 70's. Finally, the violin comes to his daughter Natalie, who has written her family's extraordinary story, lest the world should ever forget global events, against which the journey of this beautiful instrument is told.

Blame It on Paris

Blame It on Paris
  • Author : Jennifer Greene
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-10-15
  • Total pages :384
  • ISBN : 9781460305157
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Summary : Kelly Rochard is determined to have one last adventure before settling down to married life! Still, being mugged at the Louvre is not what she had in mind for her long-awaited trip to Paris. Until Will Maguire comes to her aid, and she finds herself completely distracted by the handsome stranger in the Notre Dame sweatshirt. Kelly can't seem to resist the world's most romantic city or Will, who is determined to show her all its treasures, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to strolls along the Seine. But will their love last when they're back in plain old South Bend, Indiana, or will they end up blaming their breathless fling on the city of love?

Pavel's Violin

Pavel's Violin
  • Author : Walter William Melnyk
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-05-17
  • Total pages :466
  • ISBN : 1539335224
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Summary : From 1942 - 1945, Paul (Pavel, in Czech) was a prisoner in the Terezin and Auschwitz concentration camps. He survived the camps, and the final Death March from Auschwitz. Pavel had been a violinist before the war, and after his escape his brother found a "not so new but nice" violin for Pavel to play. Pavel lost many members of his family in the camps, but a few survived. A descendent of one of those survivors inherited the violin and, many years later, became my violin teacher. This is how I came to play "Pavel's Violin." The violin itself is a beautiful Jakob Stainer model, built perhaps in the mid-1800s. In the novel, it is made by Stainer in 1670, and we trace its journey from Stainer's home in Absam, Austria, to the Prince-Bishop's Palace in Kromeriz, Moravia, to the Jewish community in the Moravian countryside, to the great synagogue at Olomouc, to Terezin, then Auschwitz, and finally to the Carpathian Mountain, where it finally becomes "Pavel's Violin." Along the way, the Violin is a metaphor for the human condition: our joys, fears, sorrows, hatred, loves, and our hope for a good future. "Pavel's Violin" is a work of historical fiction, a genre peculiar enough to be seriously misunderstood. Historical fiction is not literal history that has been fictionalized to the point that its details are not reliable news accounts of what happened. It is fiction inspired by historical events in order to convey truths which are deeper than literal. Historical fiction, at its best, serves as a metaphor that can draw a reader into a story as a first hand participant, rather than as a consumer of facts. This is what I have tried to do with the story of "Pavel's Violin." I hope you will not just learn about what happened, but that you will become part of the story, yourself. That you will stand beside Jakob atop Kartellerjochl, with Pavel in a cattle car transport on its way to Auschwitz, with Nurse Ilse and her children as Zyklon B pellets fall among them in the gas chamber. And more. I hope you will not only hear the Violin, but will experience the playing of it. The sound of its music under your left ear. The vibrations of the wood upon your chin and shoulder. Most of all, I hope you, too, will realize the compulsion of the story, and the obligation to recount it, in your own way, to others. This story is inspired by the memoir of Tommy Lustig, Pavel's son, "Children on Death Row," also available on Amazon. All author royalties from the sale of "Pavel's Violin" are donated to various Holocaust Memorial organizations including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Hololcaust Museum Houston, and the Whitwell Middle School Childrens Holocaust Memorial.

The Girl from Berlin

The Girl from Berlin
  • Author : Ellie Midwood
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-11-30
  • Total pages :294
  • ISBN : 151960078X
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Summary : As soon as Annalise, a counterintelligence agent working for the American OSS office, thinks that all the dangers are finally behind, swept away by the protective hand of her high-ranking lover - the Chief of the RSHA Ernst Kaltenbrunner - she has to face an even bigger challenge. With both fronts approaching her quickly collapsing Germany, she has to make a fateful decision: to run from the allied prosecution together with the father of her unborn baby, the man, who the allies consider one of the major war criminals and who they can't wait to bring to justice; or to stay with her husband Heinrich and accept a generous offer from the OSS - a new and free life in the United States...

The Librarian of Auschwitz

The Librarian of Auschwitz
  • Author : Antonio Iturbe
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-10-10
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 9781627796194
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Summary : Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz. Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope. This title has Common Core connections. Godwin Books

The Violinist

The Violinist
  • Author : Sarah Gaitanos
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :280
  • ISBN : 0864736452
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Summary : Reflecting on the experiences of then 20-year-old violin student Clare Galambos, this biography unfolds in 1944 Budapest amidst the harrowing first days after the Nazi occupation. The account details how the subject managed a difficult journey home only to be transported to Auschwitz Birkenau with the rest of her town’s Jewish population. Galambos’ time spent in slave labor is illustrated along with her return to Hungary after the war and her eventual departure for New Zealand. The recollection concludes with the subject’s significant contributions to the country’s music, touching on her career with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Drawing on memoirs, interviews, and historical research, this is an inspiring portrait of wartime survival and artistic achievement.

The Sound of Hope

The Sound of Hope
  • Author : Kellie D. Brown
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-06-11
  • Total pages :318
  • ISBN : 9781476670560
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Summary : Since ancient times, music has demonstrated the incomparable ability to touch and resonate with the human spirit as a tool for communication, emotional expression, and as a medium of cultural identity. During World War II, Nazi leadership recognized the power of music and chose to harness it with malevolence, using its power to push their own agenda and systematically stripping it away from the Jewish people and other populations they sought to disempower. But music also emerged as a counterpoint to this hate, withstanding Nazi attempts to exploit or silence it. Artistic expression triumphed under oppressive regimes elsewhere as well, including the horrific siege of Leningrad and in Japanese internment camps in the Pacific. The oppressed stubbornly clung to music, wherever and however they could, to preserve their culture, to uplift the human spirit and to triumph over oppression, even amid incredible tragedy and suffering. This volume draws together the musical connections and individual stories from this tragic time through scholarly literature, diaries, letters, memoirs, compositions, and art pieces. Collectively, they bear witness to the power of music and offer a reminder to humanity of the imperative each faces to not only remember, but to prevent another such cataclysm.

The Mistress of Auschwitz

The Mistress of Auschwitz
  • Author : Terrance Williamson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-08-27
  • Total pages :414
  • ISBN : 1689036591
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Summary : Based on the harrowing life of Eleonore Hodys, The Mistress of Auschwitz follows the true story of a political prisoner detained in the notorious concentration camp. While experiencing all the horrors of the holocaust, Eleonore turns to friendship for survival. Through companionship with another female prisoner, Eleonore must decide if she has the courage to join the resistance movement which is planning the overthrow of their wicked oppressors. Matters are only complicated when Eleonore unwittingly attracts the attention of the Commandant and she is forced to decide between her own comfort or her principles.

Music of Another World

Music of Another World
  • Author : Szymon Laks
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000
  • Total pages :130
  • ISBN : 0810118025
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Summary : Translated from the 1948 French edition. A remarkable memoir of the Polish composer Szymon Laks. While interned at the Auschwitz extermination camp, Laks became kappelmeister of the Auschwitz band. With wit and self-detachment, he records the grotesque phenomena of music among the crematoria. Paper edition (unseen), $10.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

My Mother's Secret

My Mother's Secret
  • Author : J L Witterick
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-09-03
  • Total pages :192
  • ISBN : 9780143190653
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Summary : Inspired by a true story, My Mother’s Secret is a profound, captivating, and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who team up to save them. Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are unlikely heroines. They are simple people who mind their own business and don’t stand out from the crowd … until 1939, when crisis strikes. The Nazis invade Poland and start to persecute the Jews. Providing shelter to Jews has become a death sentence, and yet Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny two-room house in Sokal, they cleverly hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen floorboards, and a defecting German soldier in the attic—each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander.

Auschwitz Lullaby

Auschwitz Lullaby
  • Author : Mario Escobar
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-08-07
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 9780785219941
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Summary : Based on the true story of a brave German nurse tasked with caring for Auschwitz’s youngest prisoners, Auschwitz Lullaby brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save. On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family—sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined. After a terrifying trek across the continent, Helene and her family arrive at Auschwitz and are thrown into the chaos of the camp. Her husband, Johann, is separated from them, but Helene remains fiercely protective of her children and those around her. When the powers-that-be discover that Helene is not only a German but also a trained nurse, she is forced into service at the camp hospital, which is overseen by the notorious Dr. Mengele himself. Helene is under no illusions in terms of Dr. Mengele’s intentions, but she agrees to cooperate when he asks her to organize a day care and school for the Romani children in the camp. Though physically and emotionally brutalized by the conditions at Auschwitz, Helene musters the strength to protect the children in her care at any cost. Through sheer force of will, Helene provides a haven for the children of Auschwitz—an act of kindness and selflessness so great that it illuminates the darkest night of human history. Based on a true story, Mario Escobar’s Auschwitz Lullaby demonstrates the power of sacrifice and the strength of human dignity—even when all hope seems lost. “Auschwitz Lullaby grabbed my heart and drew me in. A great choice for readers of historical fiction.” —Irma Joubert, author of The Girl from the Train An international bestseller Full-length World War II historical novel A finalist for 2019’s Empik Award for Literature Includes discussion questions for book clubs, research notes from the author, and a historical timeline

Alma Rose

Alma Rose
  • Author : Richard Newman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2003
  • Total pages :408
  • ISBN : 1574670859
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Summary : Presents the story of a woman who saved the lives of many Jews who were members in her orchestra in Auschwitz.