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In Rabbi Sholem Kowalsky's lifetime, he observed pre-war Poland, the Holocaust, the rescue and rebuilding of Jewish life in the United States and the re-establishment of our ancient homeland, Eretz Yisrael.
He partook in the development of the day school movement, served three congregations, and organized a foundation to promote Torah and Yiddishkeit.
And through it all he had the vision of his grandfather smiling down at him and urging him onward.
An enlightening and enjoyable read.
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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world.
A short time before the uprising began, Pawel Frenkel addressed a meeting of the Jewish Military fighters: “Of course we will fight with guns in our hands, and most of us will fall. But we will live on in the lives and hearts of future generations and in the pages of their history... We will die before our time but we are not doomed. We will be alive for as long as Jewish history lives!”
On the eve of Passover, April 19, 1943, German forces entered the Warsaw ghetto equipped with tanks, flamethrowers, and machine guns.
Against them stood an army of a few hundred young Jewish men and women, armed with pistols and Molotov cocktails.
Who were these Jewish fighters who dared oppose the armed might of the SS troops under the command of SS General Juergen Stroop? Who commanded them in battle? What were their goals?
In this groundbreaking work, Israel’s former Minister of Defense, Prof. Moshe Arens, recounts a true tale of daring, courage, and sacrifice that should be accurately told – out of respect for and in homage to the fighters who rose against the German attempt to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto, and made a last-ditch fight for the honor of the Jewish people.
The generally accepted account of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is incomplete. The truth begins with the existence of not one, but two resistance organizations in the ghetto. Two young men, Mordechai Anielewicz of the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB), and Pawel Frenkel of the Jewish Military Organization (ZZW), rose to lead separate resistance organizations in the ghetto, which did not unite despite the desperate battle they were facing.
Included is the complete text of “The Stroop Report” translated into English.
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This is a biography like few others.
It is the story of a distinguished rabbinic and chassidic family of Hungary, a family that exemplified scholarship, piety, generosity and aristocracy of merit.
The author, the renowned Muzsayer Rebbetzin, was a niece of the revered Satmar Rav zt”l and her husband was the scion of a great rabbinic family in his own right.
As we read about their spiritual strength, we come to understand how they could live through the horrors of the Holocaust with their faith and optimism intact, and how they could find the reserves of spirit to rebuild when the fires and chimneys ceased their grisly work.
For the lasting message of this remarkable and inspiring memoir is that there is always hope, that the Jewish spirit is never extinguished and Jews don’t surrender.
To the Nazis, “The Final Solution” was their plan to annihilate the Jewish Nation. But for the Jewish people there is always hope, because the Creator pledged, “I will not have rejected them to obliterate them, to annul My covenant with them, for I am HASHEM.”
This is the true secret of the astounding growth of Torah life, and the heroes and heroines of this extraordinary book exemplify those who planted the seeds and nurtured them to maturity.
A highlight of this panoramic book is a chapter on the miracles that brought the Satmar Rav to safety.
Rebbetzin Rubin begins with the idyllic world of pre-War Eastern Europe, taking us warmly and movingly into the world of Chassidic courts and rabbinic responsibility.
When the extermination began, she was a young newlywed. Her father, a Polish national, had been one of the first to be dragged away, and she and her husband were plunged into a life of terror, separation, and slavery -- but never hopelessness!
Always they knew that there was a Merciful Father and that there would be a future -- if not for them, then for others. Providence decreed that Grand Rabbi and Rebbetzin Rubin be part of that future, as they survived to create a thriving community in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.
In telling her story, the author tells the story of Jewish eternity. It has seldom been told as well.
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A marvelous and readable introduction to Anne Frank and the Holocaust, this sensitive portrait allows the reader to identify with Anne Frank and to share her isolation, hopes, and fears.
This biography tells both about the Frank family and their lives before World War II and their years spent in hiding during the war.
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On February 1, 1940, a thirty-three-year-old Jewish woman arrived alone in New York Harbor bearing, in her womb, the person who would eventually become the author of this book.
Ernestyna Goldwasser had left behind her family, steeped in the rich Jewish culture of Krakow, to seek sanctuary from the marauding Germans, who had invaded Poland the previous fall.
As the child of a father who held US citizenship, Ernestyna enjoyed a special status that became priceless when the war broke out.
She, too, was deemed a US citizen and thereby eligible to emigrate out of Poland.
Unfortunately, Ernestyna's husband, Chaskel Goldwasser, enjoyed no such status.
As his wife, pregnant with their first child, embarked on her journey, Chaskel was forced to remain behind, trapped in the inferno that was soon to engulf and incinerate one third of the world's Jewish population.
Ernestyna entered the US through the famed golden door mentioned in the final words of the Emma Lazarus poem that graces the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, because of the antisemitic policies of the US State Department, that door remained shut tight to Chaskel.
During Ernestyna's valiant struggle to reunite with her husband, they were able to maintain an intimate and highly emotional correspondence.
Many of their letters have been preserved and are presented in this volume as a first-person account of their desperate struggle to find the key that would unlock Chaskel's imprisonment...before it was too late.
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An important work of history.
A vital book of hashkafah.
Our gedolim have made it clear that we owe it to ourselves, to the generation that suffered under Nazi brutality and, perhaps most of all, to future generations, to study the Holocaust through the prism of Torah and emunah.
Written by a renowned educator, Tragedy and Rebirth gives us the tools to begin to deal with the issues, and, even more important, the questions that come up when we learn about the Holocaust.
Tragedy and Rebirth includes chapters on:
- Historical background of the Holocaust
- Searching for hashgachah, Divine Providence, in a time of concealment
- Spiritual resistance
- Hatzalah - rescue activities
- Dealing with questions about the Holocaust
- The miracle of Jewish survival and the rebuilding
Every chapter includes excerpts from important books on the subject, including many eyewitness accounts, a recommended reading list for further study.
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The Jews’ Secret Fleet is the dramatic story of the rescue of Jews from Europe after World War II by North American Jewish volunteers.
The book includes a brilliant introduction by Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and author of numerous books on history and geography.
A renowned book that is now the basis for a new documentary film by Alan Rosenthal entitled Waves of Freedom.
The film is being shown in film festivals throughout the US and Israel.
The Jews’ Secret Fleet, is the only authentic book that covers the full participation of 240 volunteers from North America.
These men sailed from the USA to Eretz Israel on 10 ships, bringing some 35,000 survivors of the Holocaust.
The book details their remarkable journey.
The book documents in words and pictures the story so dramatically told in Leon Uris', The Exodus.
It tells the real story of the actual people some of whom were represented by Uris' fictionalized characters. The individuals and the personal stories that inspired the characters Ari Ben Canaan played by Paul Newman in the movie, Katherine Kitty Fremont, Bruce Sutherland, Karen Hansen Clement, Dov Landau and others are documented in this book.
Listen to a Sailor's Story, a July 16, 2007 Nextbook.com interview with unlikely Exodus crew-member Jack Johnson from Alaska, who recalls his part in this great episode of modern Jewish history.
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In 1941, three brothers witnessed their parents and two other siblings being led away to their eventual murders.
It was a grim scene that would,of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war.
Instead of running or giving in to despair, these brothers — Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski — foughtback, waging a guerrilla war of wits against the Nazis.
By using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding the Belarusan towns of Novogrudek and Lida, the Bielskis evaded the Nazis and established a hidden base camp, then set about convincing other Jews to join their ranks.
As more and more Jews arrived each day, a robust community began to emerge, a "Jerusalem in the woods."
After two and a half years in the woods, in July 1944, the Bielskis learned that the Germans, overrun by the Red Army, were retreating back toward Berlin.
More than one thousand Bielski Jews emerged — alive — on that final,triumphant exit from the woods.
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For the Werdyger family of Cracow, Poland, as for many thousands of other Gerrer chassidim, life before the war was a richly textured and profoundly fulfilling tapestry focused on the chassidic court of the Imrei Emes, the saintly and world-renowned Gerrer Rebbe; the days and nights were filled with Torah study, prayer, charitable deeds and the warm camaraderie of the Gerrer community.
For young Duvid Werdyger, a gifted singing prodigy, they were also filled with the wonderful melodies of the huge repertoire of Gerrer niggunim.
It was a moment of great honor and excitement, and it set the tone for the rest of this remarkable man's life, dedicated to bringing joy to his people through the wonderful gift of his music.
Songs of Hope, the seventh volume in the Holocaust Diaries collection, is the story of his travails and eventual triumph.
During the war years, as he watched his world collapse around him under the vicious German onslaught and he himself spent years in ghettos and concentration camps, young Duvid's deeply ingrained joy and faith enabled him to survive with an unbroken spirit and without ever losing hope.
After the war, when he finally returned to the land of the living, he became one of the important pioneers in the field of recorded Jewish music, and his warm and joyous voice brought the music of hope into thousands of homes, playing a vital role in the rebirth of a vibrant and dynamic worldwide Jewish community.
Songs of Hope provides poignant images of the exalted Jewish culture of pre-War Poland, its brutal destruction and its eventual in America and Eretz Yisrael. But most of all, it is the heartwarming story of a gifted young singer, who, blessed with deeply ingrained joy and faith, survives years of suffering and enslavement with unbroken spirit and becomes a pioneer in the world of Jewish music.
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From the best-selling nonfiction author, Michael B. Oren comes his first novel.
Set in Belgium’s Ardennes Forest, the site of a brutal, last-ditch assault by the Nazis in December 1944, Reunion reunites the surviving members of the 133rd Infantry Battalion for one last chance to relive their youth, bury some old ghosts, and try to find answers to the mystery that has haunted the men for fifty years.
Through these disparate and vivid characters, we learn of the other story of the 133rd—a story of the lingering effects of war, the potency of the human spirit and the courage that even simple men can muster, both at the beginning and the end of their lives.
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The history of yeshivos, Jewish institutions of Torah learning, from the Biblical era until World War II.
From the yeshivos of the Tannaim, Amoraim, and Gaonim through the development of yeshivos in Europe and Israel.
With biographical sketches, footnotes and bibliography.
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Stories of hope from the Holocaust.
Memory is about choice.
We can choose to remember the past in ways that provoke pain and stir our anger, or we can remember in ways that help us create the kind of world in which we most want to live
Nowhere is this choice more important than in connection to the Holocaust. And never has it been more important than now, because we are the first generation that will live without the presence of those who can tell us in their own words what they have seen with their own eyes.
These 71 first-hand stories from survivors teach us to choose to remember for life.
Their words are not about hatred and death, but about ethics, decency and love.
The stories are arranged to accompany the weekly Torah readings and many of the Jewish holidays, but they are just as meaningful when read on their own, in any sequence.
The themes — journey, identity, resistance, community, refuge, righteousness, and many more — are universal, but the people are real. And their lessons about how to live more fully the life we are given shine through those dark years.
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Rabbi Simcha Wasserman was a rosh yeshivah; kiruv pioneer; advisor; foster father; storyteller; transmitter of tradition; founder of yeshivos; hatzalah activist.
This book captures him speaking with patience, simplicity, and intellect, about burning topics such as Holocaust, Kabbalah, Providence, and child-rearing.
Includes a biographical sketch.
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When the Nazis take twelve-year-old Jan’s family away, Jan finds shelter with friends.
But a year in their attic becomes too much for him and he ventures into the dangerous streets of the city, where he finds refuge in the old Jewish cemetery and the tomb of Rabbi Loewe, who created a legendary giant—the Golem—to save his people from oppression in sixteenth century Prague.
Jan travels back in time.
Will he find a way to escape from the fate that was to befall a million and a half Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Europe?
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The underground Jewish group Haganah arranged for the purchase of a small American steamer as part of an ambitious and daring mission: to serve as lifeboat for more than four thousand survivors of Nazi rule and transport them to Palestine.
Renamed Exodus 1947, the ship and its young crew left France en route to the future state of Israel.
The Holocaust survivors aboard Exodus endured even more hardships when the Royal Navy stopped the ship in international waters, used force in boarding (killing two passengers and one crewmember) and eventually deported its human cargo to internment camps in Germany.
The death of the ship’s captain in late 2009 generated headlines throughout the world.
Enriched with new survivors’ testimonies and previously unpublished documentation, Operation Exodus is the deeply moving saga of a people who risked all in search for a home.
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Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature.
First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz.
Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day.
In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage.
In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories?
Wiesel's trilogy offers insights on mankind's attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.
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At age 38, Jennifer Teege happened to pluck a library book from the shelf—and discovered a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant depicted in Schindler’s List.
Reviled as the “butcher of Płaszów,” Goeth was executed in 1946. The more Teege learned about him, the more certain she became:
If her grandfather had met her—a black woman—he would have killed her.
Teege’s discovery sends her into a severe depression—and fills her with questions:
Why did her birth mother withhold this chilling secret?
How could her grandmother have loved a mass murderer?
Can evil be inherited?
Teege’s story is cowritten by Nikola Sellmair, who also adds historical context and insight from Teege’s family and friends, in an interwoven narrative.
Ultimately, Teege’s search for the truth leads her, step by step, to the possibility of her own liberation.
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As a child in Sighet, as a young boy in Auschwitz, as a teenage displaced person wandering through post-World War II Europe, as a young man at the beginning of his career as a writer, witness, and human-rights activist, Elie Wiesel had haunting, often surreal encounters with a wide range of people—sages, mystics, teachers, and dreamers.
In Legends of Our Time, he shares with us some of their stories.
On a Tel Aviv bus, Wiesel encounters a notorious Auschwitz barracks chief who forces him to confront past demons that he thought had long since been laid to rest.
While traveling through Spain, he is approached by a young Catholic man holding an ancient family document in an unfamiliar language; written in Hebrew in 1492 by the man’s Marrano ancestor, it proudly proclaims to future generations the family’s Jewish origins.
Twenty years after being deported from Sighet, Wiesel returns to discover that the only thing missing are the towns 10,000 Jews and the collective memory of their ever having existed.
In a Moscow synagogue in the fall on 1967, Wiesel finds a sanctuary filled with young Jews who have miraculously educated themselves in their history and ancient language, who sing Hebrew songs in the street as KGB agents take down names. And from a rabbi in Auschwitz who fasted on Yom Kippur, Wiesel leans that there is more than one way to confront a God who seems to have abandoned His people.
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Translated by Bianca Steiner Brown.
This is a collection of recipes and anecdotes by the women of the Theresienstadt concentration camp, Poland, who talked about their traditional recipes which are given in German and English.
Period photographs illustrate the biographies and history.
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Four months on the Spiegel Best Seller list of Germany (equivalent to the New York Times' Best Seller list in the USA), I Sleep in Hitler's Room is a Jewish story, told the way Jewish stories are told: with biting humor.
On the face of it, this book is a travelogue, a journal by a Jew from New York traveling in today's Germany.
A very funny story indeed. But this is just part of the story, the smallest part of it.
For I Sleep in Hitlers Room is also a book about modern anti-Semitism, about hate that refuses to disappear, about a disease that wont get cured and a curse that wont let go.
Traveling across Germany and seeking out that elusive quality that is the German character, playwright and journalist Tuvia Tenenbom wonders whether he has identified it in any one of several striking social phenomena the proclivity of Germans to join clubs and group activities; how their aptitude for visual design shapes their architecture and their daily life; how their daily life is suffused with soccer and beer, the omnipresent beverage for all occasions; how they proudly self-define themselves by their achievements in precision technology; and, what is most disturbing to this son of Holocaust survivors, how their crushing awareness of their dark history coexists with virulent anti-Semitism and a stubborn obsession with Israel.
Why is Europe, the cradle of our civilization, so obsessed with Jews?
Read this book to find the answer.
Tenenbom integrates deep seriousness with the most lighthearted comic touch in this critical but affectionate look at both left and right in contemporary German politics and society.
I Sleep in Hitlers Room will make you think, make you worry, make you cry, and make you laugh out loud. It is a book you will never forget. Ever.
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This groundbreaking international bestseller lays to rest many myths about the Holocaust: that Germans were ignorant of the mass destruction of Jews, that the killers were all SS men, and that those who slaughtered Jews did so reluctantly.
Hitler’s Willing Executioners provides conclusive evidence that the extermination of European Jewry engaged the energies and enthusiasm of tens of thousands of ordinary Germans.
Goldhagen reconstructs the climate of “eliminationist anti-Semitism” that made Hitler’s pursuit of his genocidal goals possible and the radical persecution of the Jews during the 1930s popular.
Drawing on a wealth of unused archival materials, principally the testimony of the killers themselves, Goldhagen takes us into the killing fields where Germans voluntarily hunted Jews like animals, tortured them wantonly, and then posed cheerfully for snapshots with their victims.
From mobile killing units, to the camps, to the death marches, Goldhagen shows how ordinary Germans, nurtured in a society where Jews were seen as unalterable evil and dangerous, willingly followed their beliefs to their logical conclusion.
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In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called putative WWII historian David Irving "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial."
A prolific author of books on Nazi Germany who has claimed that more people died in Ted Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than in the gas chambers at Auschwitz, Irving responded by filing a libel lawsuit in the United Kingdom -- where the burden of proof lies on the defendant, not on the plaintiff.
At stake were not only the reputations of two historians but the record of history itself.
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Derived by the author from interviews and oral histories, these eighty-nine original Hasidic tales about the Holocaust provide unprecedented witness, in a traditional idiom, to the victims’ inner experience of "unspeakable" suffering.
This volume constitutes the first collection of original Hasidic tales to be published in a century.
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An in-depth look at how The New York Times failed in its coverage of the fate of European Jews from 1939-45.
It examines how the decisions that were made at The Times ultimately resulted in the minimizing and misunderstanding of modern history's worst genocide.
Laurel Leff, a veteran journalist and professor of journalism, recounts how personal relationships at the newspaper, the assimilationist tendencies of The Times' Jewish owner, and the ethos of mid-century America, all led The Times to consistently downplay news of the Holocaust.
It recalls how news of Hitler's 'final solution' was hidden from readers and - because of the newspaper's influence on other media - from America at large.
Buried by The Times is required reading for anyone interested in America's response to the Holocaust and for anyone curious about how journalists determine what is newsworthy.
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As a math and Jewish studies teacher in a Jewish day school, Chernofsky wanted a different and meaningful way for his students to relate to the Holocaust.
From there evolved this book that has just one word, six million times JEW.
What would a book of six million Jews look like?
This is a volume meant for library and institution presentations on the Holocaust, a daring attempt to give some small sense of the overwhelming number - six million.
By Phil Chernofsky
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Striking cover art and abundant photographs will help attract readers to this grim—and not wholly successful—work.
Greenfeld (The Hidden Children) contends that little attention has been paid to the vast difficulties facing young Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.
To fill that stated void, he focuses on eight adults, mostly from Eastern Europe but all currently living in the U.S., who relate their postwar experiences in their own words.
Their stories prove gripping and the author effectively demonstrates the complexity of postwar conditions.
However, the premise is not entirely accurate: many Holocaust memoirs lengthily and sensitively discuss how survivors overcame extreme obstacles, from anti-Semitism in their native lands to hardships in displaced-persons camps to domestic upheavals in partially reunited families.
(The books of Aranka Siegal, Anita Lobel, Ruth Minsky Sender, Johanna Reiss and Renée Roth-Hano, among others, come to mind; but the bibliography here refers readers instead to general nonfiction mostly written for adults.)
Greenfeld also breaks up his interviewees' narratives, presenting segments from each person's experience in four sections (e.g., "Liberation," "After the Liberation: The Search"); the structure makes it difficult to keep all eight individuals straight and also creates or allows for gaps (Why does a Zionist group prevent a Jewish mother, also a survivor, from taking custody of her 12-year-old daughter?).
While this work falls short of the overview it seems to promise, it provides fresh awareness of the Holocaust and the war.
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No recent work of history has generated as much interest as Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners.
Purporting to solve the mystery of the Nazi holocaust, Goldhagen maintains that ordinary Germans were driven by fanatical anti-Semitism to murder the Jews.
An immediate national best-seller, the book went on to create an international sensation.
Now, in A Nation on Trial, two leading critics challenge Goldhagen's findings and show that his work is not scholarship at all.
With compelling cumulative effect, Norman G. Finkelstein meticulously documents Goldhagen's distortions of secondary literature and the internal contradictions of his argument.
In a complementary essay, Ruth Bettina Birn juxtaposes Goldhagen's text against the German archives he consulted. The foremost international authority on these archives, Birn conclusively demonstrates that Goldhagen systematically misrepresented their contents.
The definitive statement on the Goldhagen phenomenon, this volume is also a cautionary tale on the corruption of scholarship by ideological zealotry.
Rabbi Avigdor Miller
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Rabbi Avigdor Miller's last word about the origins of the Holocaust.
Though the Rabbi often alluded to this book in his lectures, it remained unpublished for over forty years.
At last, this remarkable work is available, describing as only Rabbi Miller could the shocking, disturbing origins of the Holocaust.
Read the riveting story a nation estranged from its Creator, slipping farther and farther from Torah observance and towards its own annihilation.
See pre-war Europe through the eyes of a Torah sage who was there.
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"From now on this is going to be your name: 68818".
Everything had been taken from him except his name.
Now they were taking that too.
Who was the boy behind the number?
As you discover 68818 in this gripping Holocaust memoir, you may just discover yourself, as well.
This poignant, gripping account of the extraordinary courage of a young boy in the holocaust comes to life with the rich illustrations of Gadi Pollack.
It is ready to be used as an educational text with historical overview of the war years, maps, timelines, a chapter-by-chapter learning guide color coded with historical, psychological, heroic, Jewish heritage and literary lessons.